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The French sculptor Jephan De Villiers has a beautiful melancholy about his works. As a child in the 40's Jephan was sickly, he spent a lot of time bed-ridden, staring out of the window at a chestnut tree. His rare forays into the outside world were the forest walks his mother took him on, during which he started to collect the materials that mark his style today. His strong connection with nature mixed and with a bitter-sweet shadow of dolefulness has led him to create some truly beautiful characters. A sort of Pan's Labyrinth meets Tim Burton otherworldness, definitely worth a look. alexia inge

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