(born 1983, France) is a sculptor who uses materials such as annodised aluminium and vacuum-formed-plastic to explore industrial processes. Despite their production, his works maintain an organic or humanlike quality that belies the synthetic materials they are created from. Deshayes’ work represents a joy in material; it situates malleable, natural forms against the slick plasticity of many of today’s industrial products. In doing so, it offers a purposeful contradiction between the permanence of the materials used, and the corporeality and destructibility of the natural world.
Nicolas Deshayes won the first edition of the Battaglia Foundry Sculpture Prize created by Fonderia Artistica Battaglia.
Deshayes is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and Chelsea College of Art, London. In recent years he has exhibited widely and internationally, with solo and group exhibitions in the UK, Europe and North America.