Parisian Victor Douieb has been passionate about sharks since his first deep sea dive when he was 18 years old.
Captivated by their power, grace and beauty, Victor began sculpting sharks as a means of expressing his appreciation of this perfectly evolved creature’s pure simplicity, but also to help bring attention to the impact that overfishing and the needless slaughter by the shark fin industry is posing to shark populations worldwide.
“Before sculpting my first shark,” Victor explains, “I had been a dental ceramist and technician giving me the knowledge and experience which later made sculpting very natural for me. One day while at work, I suddenly got the urge to sculpt a little shark out of silver, not realizing that 20 years later, sculpting would become my profession.”
Prior to beginning a new piece, Victor immerses himself in understanding his subject in terms of its general nature, habitat, and the anatomy and dynamic movements of the body. Typically he will attempt to get as close as possible – whether diving with sharks around the world or journeying to Africa for a wildlife safari – to photograph and experience the animal in its native environment.
Continually adding to his portfolio, which currently consists of 41 works that originate in clay and are then cast in bronze with beautiful and exotic patinas or in gleaming stainless steel, a finish that sets his art apart from most of his contemporaries, Victor is an ardent supporter of numerous conservation organizations and routinely donates a percentage of proceeds from the sale of his artwork.
A frequent guest lecturer on the subject of sea life and wildlife conservation, Victor’s work has been displayed at the Museum of Art | Ft Lauderdale, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA, galleries such as Just One Eye, Hollywood the NaPua Gallery, Maui,and Exclusive Collections Gallery, Seaport Village, San Diego, and many of his pieces are in the private collections of art collectors worldwid