Val, artist Valérie Goutard’s born in 1967, lived her youth and adolescence shuttling between South America, Africa, Europe and France where she was born. Val comes upon sculpture for the first time in 2001. Her fingers and the materials have guided the artist ever since in the accomplishment of her artistic work. Val follows her inner journey, immerses herself in the observation of nature in listening to her intuition.
In 2004, Val settled in Asia and discovered the traditional know-how of bronze alongside the best Thai foundries. She established her workshop in Bangkok, where she worked surrounded by her team, who assisted her in creating her sculptures. Over the years, these have taken on monumental proportions. In April 2004, she exhibited for the first time in Bangkok where her works have been on permanent display in galleries since 2005. Val’s sculptures travel across Asia, from Hong Kong to Singapore, Shanghai to Taiwan. Her noted participation at the Shanghai Art Fair 2010, together with the unveiling of a monumental sculpture named Urban Life as part of the Jing’An International Sculpture Project, established Val’s reputation amongst renowned sculptors.
Val is regularly asked to carry out monumental projects in public and private settings: for example Inle Balance III and Urban Gathering for the Sofitel Hotel in Bangkok, Waiting III installed in Taipei New Times Square in 2014, or more recently, Inéquilibre in 2015, currently on display in the highest residential tower in Singapore. In parallel, Val’s works continues to be exhibited in numerous galleries and art shows across Asia and Europe. In 2015, she was awarded Trophée des Français de l’Etranger (Trophy of French Expatriates) in the Art de Vivre (Art of living) section, rewarding her work and her singular life course abroad.
In March – April 2016, the exhibition “Val – Anatomy of a creative path” was transferred from a unique solo exhibition to the museum of the Chinese Academy of Art (CAFA). Two of her sculptures have been acquired by the museum for its permanent collection.
In April this year, Val also installed three sculptures made of concrete, bronze and coral in an underwater site on Koh Tao Island in Thailand. This artistic and ecological project, called Ocean Utopia, is a first of its kind, as coral becomes part of the creation.
In September 2015, Val was invited by the glass masters of ARS Murano to work with them in their studio on new glass creations. After several journey in Venice, she married glass bronze and light to create a collection of unique pieces titled Tenth eonian initiative.
Another outstanding credential putting her at the highest levels of recognition as an accomplished sculptor, in 2015 Val was commissioned by a private collector a monumental sculptural project of 36 meters (over 118 feet long) that will be installed in Taichung (Taiwan) early 2017.
In October 2016, Val passed away from a tragic road accident in Thailand. A few days before, she had just finished the monumental sculpture project to be installed in Taiwan. November 5th, her exhibition titled Tenth eonian initiative presenting her unique collection of works marrying Murano glass and bronze was such a grand success that on opening night, the collection sold out.
Val’s work has been collected all over Asia, USA, UK, France, Belgium, and Netherlands for many years with great acclamation. It is Simard Bilodeau Contemporary that she has chosen earlier in 2016 to officially introduce her body of works in North America. It is a privilege for both Simard and Bilodeau to offer her exceptional collection of sculptures. Her legacy is being carried in each of her artworks, imprinted by her talent, her authenticity and her serenity forever.