Artists On Demand ~ David Varnau’s ‘Joie de Vivre’

David Varnau’s Joie de Vivre is his newest addition to our gallery! Full of life and energy, she captures visitors attention immediately and imparts on them happiness and joy.

A brief commentary from David on this piece:

The 44 inch high sculpture depicts a young girl standing with her arms outstretched, her smiling face gazing up into the sunshine. A breeze blows her clothing and hair, creating a dynamic image and capturing a joyful moment in time. It reflects theFront Right Oblique variation light adjustedDSC_0024 moments of our lives when all is well, our senses are heightened and we feel the grace of being alive.

Joie de Vivre is engaging and invites viewers to experience her message of openness.
Since the subject matter is that of a child, and the fact that she is life size, she elicits
immediate interaction from children who view her. Viewers of all ages resonate on a
visceral level with the sculpture and she almost always elicits a smile.

The little girl that inspired the piece was my granddaughter, Abigail, who was 4 years
old at the time that I sculpted her. A beguiling, open-hearted and upbeat child, Abigail is the heart of the message presented by the sculpture. It was my first time sculpting a life sized child and gave me new appreciation for sculptors who do children. I am accustomed to sculpting from a live adult model who holds a pose for twenty minutes at a stretch. When sculpting Abby, I could get about a minute from her with lots of bribing.

Since she lives three hours away, I was reduced to working largely from photographs of her and from actual measurements, even from a tracing of her silhouette. Interestingly, when I had the clay original complete, I asked Abigail what she thought of it. She replied, “Papa, it doesn’t look like me.” Ouch! I worked more on it, but her response was still the same. When I brought the finished, newly cast bronze sculpture back from the foundry, she commented, “Now it looks like me!” I was puzzled and pointed out that it is an exact copy of the clay original and asked, “Why does it suddenly look like you?”

She replied, “Because it’s shiny!”

Additional editions are available to our art collectors.


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