Contemporary art for the modern world

Hervey Salzberg

Hello fellow art lover,

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Hervey Salzberg. Before you wonder about my name, let me explain that my parents thought I would be Harvey... and changed a letter! In France, where I live my name is pronounced Ervay, hence my signature on my work are the initials RV.

Sculpture to me is a therapy. I love creating beautiful objects with my hands. A French philosopher named André Gide once said that art is a collaboration in between the artist and God, and the least the artist has to do with it, the better. I agree totally.

When I am in my studio I am in a different world. Soft music plays, sometimes classical, sometimes my favourite singers, all depending on the piece I am creating. Sometimes I have to change the style of music as it no longer fits the piece I am creating.

My work is never pre-meditated. When I enter my studio to start a new piece I rarely know where this particular adventure will lead. I am usually amazed by the finished piece. It was not really I who "created" it!

Sculpture is a blessing. Unlike paintings, my pieces can be appreciated by people who have lost their sight.I think of this as I often finish my work with my eyes closed. It is a very satisfying feeling to close ones’ eyes and stroke the beautiful curves. One can immediately feel if something is "out of place".

I always encourage visitors to my gallery to close their eyes and "feel" my sculptures... something frowned upon in most galleries. I believe that caressing these soft curves has a very healing effect. It rarely leaves one unaffected.

I bless the day I was introduced to a piece of clay.