Hervé Maury and His Beasts Now at Ligne Roset

Photo by Hervé Maury
La Belle et la Bete
La Belle et la Bete

"The animals that are here always look at us and are very surprised," says Hervé Maury with a twinkle in his eye. Endowing animal characters with complexity and humor, he celebrates all manner of bestiary, including insects, giraffes, koi fish, and mice.

Hervé Maury (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hervé Maury

This construction worker-turned-artist has brought his whimsical subjects to Ligne Roset. Maury's show at the Chicago showroom last year was so successful that the collaboration with the French modern interior design and furnishings company resumed Thursday evening at a reception in their recently opened Wharf DC location.

Ligne Roset at Wharf DC (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ligne Roset at Wharf DC

From Montmartre, where he was born, to Paris and now in Marseilles, the artist creates paintings full-time for exhibitions around the world. 

Sara Mokhtari with La Belle et la Bete (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sara Mokhtari with La Belle et la Bete

In 2006, his "Big Beasts" polar bear series adorned the windows of Hermès boutiques.

Hervé Maury and Sophie Caporossi, Batignolles in DC (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hervé Maury and Sophie Caporossi, Batignolles in DC

Twenty years ago, after moving and wanting to decorate a new apartment, Maury couldn't find any appealing animal-themed art so he created his own, starting with a series of charming dog paintings. Family and friends soon discovered his talent and the artist was born. 

Hervé Maury (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hervé Maury

He begins his works with sand and a palette of pigments on brown paper and linen canvas, followed by gouache, India ink and sometimes charcoal. What remains constant, thanks to the the sand, is a natural tone, with the animals seeming to emerge from the earth. 

(Photo by: Hervé Maury)

A natural connection to all of his subjects belies the fact Maury is a pet-free artist. "No, I don't have a dog. Never have." Maury explains. Have to wonder what his creatures, with their round, piercing eyes, and often bewildered expressions think about that.

Ligne Roset at Wharf DC (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ligne Roset at Wharf DC