Lionel Sabatté French, b. 1975
Lionel Sabatté’s work revolves around the notion of the living, often paying tribute to its temporary state . From the residual materials he uses, he brings to life a bestiary made up of hybrid creatures. Unicorns made of concrete, fishes from the abyssal depths made with iron and coins, butterflies repaired with pieces of dead skin, wolves and swans in dust and, and human silhouettes derived from scraps of concrete.
His sculptures hold the forms of viscous concrete units resembling decaying and melting animal remains. His distinctive sculpting style allows for a form of spacial awareness with the search for representations in each piece: take for example his sculpted backs of herbivores moulded together from tea and cement. His paintings on the other hand use the gestural abstraction technique to transform his manifestations of his imagination into vivacious paintings. Sabatté believes his paintings give the viewer access to other worlds, showing layers upon layers of depth and allow us, temporarily, to peer into his imagination.
Lionel Sabatté became known with “La Meute”, a work exhibited in 2011 at the Garden of plants in Paris. This work represents a pack of wolves made from dust sheep. The dust, which is found in many of his sculptures and drawings, is not the only residual material that the artist uses. The 1 cents euro, the fragments of dead skin and nail clippings, the stem trees or burnt woods are indeed elements that constitute to his grotesque repertoire of materials.
Sabatté’s works have been shown at the National Museum of Modern Art, Musée des Arts et Métiers and Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in France. His works have also been exhibited in Galleries across Europe and Asia. Lionel Sabatté is the Winner of the 2019 Foundation Del Duca Award, 2018 Patio Maison Rouge Award and 2017 Drawing Now Award.
Born in 1975. Lives and works in Paris, France.
Painter and Sculptor.
Recent Solo Exhibitions
2020 Lionel Sabatté: Elemental Beings, Cuturi Gallery, Singapore.
2019 Lionel Sabatté: Sculptures, Centre d'art nomade, Toulouse, France.
Qui sait combiens de fleurs ont du tomber, Le Nouvel Institut Franco-Chinois,
Morphèmes, Ceysson & Bénétière Gallery, Koerich, Luxembourg.
2018 The bite of the air, Ceysson & Bénétière Gallery, Paris, France.
Praise of Metamorphosis, Christie's, Paris, France.
Philippe Piguet Tanières Office, Estienne Studio - Center for Contemporary Art
Residence, Patio de la Maison Rouge, Paris, France.
MIND over MATTER, Mazel Galerie, Singapore.
2017 Hunting Museum, Parentelle Selection, Paris, France.
Please do not enter, Catwalk, Los Angeles, USA.
Gallery C, Physical attraction, Neuchatel, Switzerland.
2016 Beaux-arts Grenoble, Tectonic mutations, Grenoble, France
Gallery Biesenbach, Curcuma, Koln, Germany.
MAC Artuem, Fertile Coal, Chateauneuf-le-Rouge, France.
Le Parvis, Disobedience, Tarbes-Pyrenees, France.
Sade Gallery, Gray Moon, Los Angeles, USA.
Chapel of Calvairiennes, Scaffolding of an Outbreak, Mayenne, France.
Eva Hober Gallery, Marellomorpha, Paris, France.
2015 Vernon Museum, Scaffolding of a Caress, Vernon, France.
Galerie Porte Avion, Scaffolding of Everyday Life, Marseille, France.
Amelot Square/ Museum of Natural History, Scaffolding on the surf, La Rochelle,
Yishu 8, Scaffolding of a spring, Beijing, China.
Space For Sale, Breakthrough Infusion, Nice, France.
2014 Galerie Biesenbach, Parenthesis and suspension (…), Cologne, Germany.
Institut français de Maurice, La constance des alizés, Mauricius.
Abbaye Saint-Jean d'Orbestier, Lionel Sabatté : Un autre monde, France.
Aquarium du Trocadéro, La fabrique des profondeurs, Paris, France.
2013 Galerie municipale Jean Collet, Parenthèses et suspensions (…), Vitry-sur-Seine,
2012 Jardin des Plantes, Les grandes serres, FIAC Hors les murs: Le crocodile en pièces,
Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Marella Spendens, Paris, France.
2011 Grande galerie de l’évolution, FIAC Hors les murs : La meute, Jardin des Plantes,
ZAJIA LAB, Maybe tomorow, Beijing, China.
Yishu 8, Allumettes et neiges éternelles, Beijing, China.
2010 Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Souffles oxydants, Paris, France.
Recent Group Exhibitions
2019 Black and White, Mazel Galerie, Singapore
2018 Transfigured. Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles.
Da-End cabinet, Da End Gallery, Paris.
Loup y es tu? Bestiaries and metamorphoses, Chateau de Maisons, Maisons
Laffitte, France Commissariat Amélie Adamo.
The bear festival, museum of hunting and nature, evening of 21 February 2018.
4 guests,4 exhibitions, Galerie RX, Paris Commissariat Florence Guionneau-Joie for
Los Angeles Contemporary Art, Ceysson & Bénéere Gallery, Los Angeles
Best(iaire), Galerie Porte-Plane, Marseilles.
Tension, Villa Berlusconi, Art Center, Grand-Lancy, Switzerland.
Hors-cadre, Rhizome.art, Bastille design center, Paris, France.
The Great Race, Mazel Galerie, Singapore.
2017 Gallery C, Drawing Now - Lionel Sabatté Focus, Paris, France.
Museum of Art and History of Judaism, Golem! Avatars of a clay legend, Paris,
MUCEM, Lives of garbage, Marseille, France.
MIAM, In all modesty: Archipel Di Rosa, Sete, France.
Nicodim gallery, Benefit art auction, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Los Angeles,
Galerie Porte Avion, Replay # 3 - Best (iaire), Marseille, France.
Biesenbach Gallery, Changesfivex, Koln, Germany.
Mazel Galerie, French Touch, Singapore.
2016 Sade Gallery, Sade THE Stand with Standing Rocks, Benefit, Los Angeles, USA.
CRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Athanor - small alchemical suite # 1, France.
Laban Lab, Expenses, Bethune, France.
Pornbach contemporary, Metamorphoses, Pornbach, Germany.
The Hospital, Human Condition, Los Angeles, USA
Guyancourt Showroom, New Cycles, Guyancourt, France.
International exhibition of contemporary drawing, Paréidolie, Marseille, France.
Headquarters, Pan, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
Fernelmont Contemporary art festival, Fernelmont, Belgium.
Galerie Agnès B, Another World, Paris, France.
Galerie Via, Art & Vegetal Design, Paris, France.
Galerie De Roussan, Virage, Paris, France.
Passenger Museum, The Sponge Man, Ile de France, France.
Gallery C, Drawing Now, Temple Tile, Paris, France.
Space for sale, As in a garden, Nice, France.
Galerie Da-End, The dazzling loss, Paris, France.
Pavillon Vendôme, Other possible , Clichy, France.
Fonds régional d’art contemporain, Réunion.
La Maison Rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France.
Aquarium de Paris, France.
ALTANA Kulturstiftung im Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany.
Awards and Residences
2020 Residencies with Art Encounters, Orchard Road, Singapore.
2019 Winner of the 2019 Foundation Del Duca Award
2018 Winner of the 2018 Patio Maison Rouge Award
2015 Résidence Tour Saint-Ange / Colette Tornier, Seyssins, France
2014 Résidence pARTage, Institut français de Maurice, Mauritius.
Nominé au FID Prize 2014, Brussels, Belgium.
2013 Vent des Forêts, Meuse, France.
2011 Lauréat du Prix Yishu 8, Beijing, China.
Felin du 19 novembre, 2018
Petite Oiseau des Îles du 15 novembre, 2018
Petite Oiseau des Îles du 16 novembre, 2018
Cuturi Gallery seeks to make art affordable for the not-so-richSheila Chiang, Yahoo Lifestyle SEA , January 30, 2020
Elemental Beings by Lionel Sabatté Now until Feb 23Pauline Wong, The Edge Singapore, January 23, 2020
This new gallery in Orchard Road is set to change Singapore's art sceneTimeOut Singapore, January 21, 2020
Stages and Mirrors at Cuturi Gallery, through Feb 23Adeline Chia, ArtReview, January 15, 2020
L’artiste Lionel Sabatté : de la grotte de Bédeilhac à Orchard Road !Marie-Ségolène Migairou, Le Petit Journal Singapour, January 15, 2020
Lionel Sabatte and his completed Prehistoric Concrete Goats on Orchard RoadJanuary 23, 2020The three concrete sculptures created during the Art Outreach residency are currently on display on Orchard Road (right by the pedestrial walkway infront of Takashimaya)...
Elemental Beings and Stages and Mirrors are now officially open to the publicJanuary 18, 2020Thank you to everyone who came to the opening night on Friday 17th of January. All pictures of the event can be found in our...
Lionel Sabatté: Concrete Contemplations from the Past in the City of TomorrowResidency with Art Encounters from 12 January to 2 February 2020 December 8, 2019The inaugural Art Encounters will take place from 12 January to 2 February 2020 in the heart of Orchard Road and feature one of the...
Opening Night: In Full BloomGroup Exhibition at Cuturi Gallery 5 Mar 2020We are delighted to present Cuturi Gallery’s latest exhibition: In Full Bloom. A group exhibition that will feature 13 artworks from 13 contemporary artists and...
Opening Night: Elemental Beings by Lionel SabatteInaugural Exhibition at Cuturi Gallery Jan 17, 2020We are delighted to announce we will be hosting Lionel Sabatte for the gallery's inaugural exhibition. The opening night will happen during the Singapore Art...