An ornamental cabinetmaker and sculptor by training, Hervé Louail dit DARLOU has long worked to restore statuary, altarpieces and furniture.... This direct confrontation with the works of the past was a wonderful school: learning skills, but also and above all learning to look, to understand from within and to remain humble.
"DARLOU is a complete artist, with whom creativity is overflowing. So much so that in 2003, he created Barnabé, a strange character born in a block of stone, all round and without faces, with whom everyone can identify. There is a lot of tenderness, a certain nostalgia for childhood, a familiarity and a reassuring candor in this Barnabé......... Beyond a visual signature, this character is above all for DARLOU a way to propose a poetic universe, full of kindness and empathy. "Géraldine Robin - ART ABSOLUTELY
These last works go even further in emotional intensity. The new staging of his characters leads us towards a quest for interiority and spirituality where time seems to be suspended, stopped.