ANI MOLLEREAU – SCULPTOR
Ani Mollereau was born in Dublin, Ireland, of a French father and Irish mother and she inherited both their cultural influences. From an early age she became interested in art eventually specializing in sculpture. She has exhibited work extensively, both home and abroad.
Her materials are bronze, silver and bog oak . Her methods and techniques cover an extraordinary range from the rock strength of Giagormetti and Henry Moore to a delicacy born of feminism that transends gender to communicate on a spiritual level.
Ani draws on the power and beauty of animals to create sculptures, symbolising our purer selves. Her work is not about measurement but the spirit of the animal capturing the subject with poweful, flowing, graceful lines, allowing the viewer to see with the eye, the hand and the soul.
The power and delicacy of the artist’s work tells us with certainty that there is much more to life than mundane existance. This is surely the purpose of art.
“ Where the Spirit works with the hands there is art”
With my sculptures my aim is to inspire people who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them to discover beauty at a glance through their tactile and visual simplicity and I want to challenge the spectators imagination.
Animals embody majesty, freedom of self expression, passion and endurance, to me they have a great philosophy of life. My sculptures deal with life’s challenges. They are abstract so that each person can see their own story. Life should not be dictated
Through my sculpture I free my Spirit that is within and tell my story, but I also want the viewer to be inspired to see their story too, that is my motivation to create.
My inspiration is life and the world around me, the visible and the invisible, expressing emotion, imagination, identity, story life force and nature.
As I work the clay I get immersed in the energy of creation and we grow together.
My art is my life.
- Alliance Francaise Dublin
- Sacred Heart Magazine Centenary Exhibition, selected for exhibition
- Oireachteas National Exhibition, selected on each occasion submitted work, won Sculpture award in 2002.
- Kilkenny Castle Tower, solo exhibition “Women in Celtic Mythology”
- The Granary Waterford, 6 week exhibition 2001
- Kilkenny Arts Week, 5 solo exhibitions.
- The Kilkenny Gallery exhibition Kilkenny Arts Festival, last 6 years
- Shared exhibition with Janet Brabazon called The Stable, equestrian art exhibition Kilkenny.
- Short-listed for Royal Ulster Academy 2014, 2017 and 2018
- Sculpture in Context, Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Selected each time submitted, 5 times. 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
- 2017 Selected for Society of Equestrian Artists summer Exhibition at The Palace Gallery Newmarket, England, 2 sculptures.
- 2018 Business to Arts Award with MacDonagh Junction Famine Experience, Famine Sculpture
- 3rd place international art on-line exhibition also highly commended. 2018
- Selected for 10x10x10 exhibition at The Puffin Gallery Northern Ireland. 2018
- Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Trophy 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
- Godolphin Stable Staff awards, international annual award
- Irish Breeders Classic Perpetual Trophy, Barnadown Co. Wexford
- Dame Alice Kytler , Kytlers Inn, Kilkenny . Large sculpture of Witch Dame Alice
- large sculpture for McDonough Junction Shopping Centre, Kilkenny Famine Experience
Work in private collections in:
Whitethorn Gallery Clifden , Co. Galway
Sol Art Gallery , D’Olier St , Dublin
Alan Redmond Fine Arts , Kildare
Gormleys Gallery, Dublin
Green Acres Gallery Wexford
Caster Gallery Budapest, Hungary