Richard Orlinski’s Born Wild concept explores the philosophical question about the difference between man and beast. The sculptor has chosen Wild Kong, the most human of his animals, to embody The Thinker in tribute to Rodin. Unlike the original’s overly muscular build contrasting with a thoughtful stance, the artist has played down the gorilla’s physical strength to focus on its thoughtful side.
Wild Kong is a signature Richard Orlinski piece. It declares itself invincible with its open mouth and fearsome teeth as it beats its chest with mighty fists. But the ferocious beast is also capable of tenderness, an allegory for the perfect man according to the artist. The piece sees the sculptor draw inspiration from an iconic film character: King Kong. Which is the most savage, man and beast? Richard Orlinski questions mankind and its innate animal nature.
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About Richard Orlinski
Back in 2004, soaked in pop culture, Richard Orlinski decided to devote himself to art. He soon created a colourful pop universe and his animal world went around the globe. His often spectacularly huge animals are proud and defiant yet also symbolise kindness and freedom. In 2015 he became the biggest selling contemporary French artist in the world.
It all began with a crocodile in red resin that the sculptor decided to exhibit in Deauville during the American Film Festival. The French artist is fuelled by the drive to make art for everyone and he takes the genre to unexpected places. Exhibiting in unusual places and the great outdoors soon became his signature. From the Courchevel peaks to TV sets, Richard Orlinski has redefined contemporary art codes.
Thought is the first stage involved in creating a sculpture. It’s the longest part as the artist sets himself no limits and total demand. For his first sculpture, Crocodile, Richard Orlinski spent months working on his piece’s proportions before achieving what he likes to call the «perfect croco».
With five production studios in France and over two hundred employees, craftsmanship goes into every stage of making a piece. Richard Orlinski has a fondness for contemporary materials such as resin and aluminium but also likes to work with materials such as bronze, stone and stainless steel. The sculptor dabbles with colour, constantly innovates, plays with materials, transparency and light. Nothing can stop him when it comes to creation!
The artist is represented by over 90 galleries in France and abroad but Richard Orlinski decided to open the 1st space devoted entirely to his art in Paris in 2017: a 150m2 gallery at 68 rue du Faubourg St Honoré in the 8th arrondissement.