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Agofroy, Hélènelocked

French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1953, in Troyes.

Sculptor, draughtsman, installation artist, video artist.

Hélène Agofroy lives and works in Paris. The origins of Hélène Agofroy's sculptures can be found in the paintings of the Quattrocento. She is interested in the positioning of objects in Italian frescoes and paintings. She studies their multiple perspectival effects, then incorporates them into her sculpture. From common elements, such as wood, plaster and resin, Agofroy builds light, open worked sculptures of complex geometric design. They invoke overturned hulls, light cradles, or, as in Boueys, references to 'mazzocchio', the hat worn by many figures in the paintings of Paolo Uccello.

Agofroy participated in 1985 and 1989 in the collective exhibition Young Sculpture ( Jeune Sculpture) in Paris. She has also exhibited in Belfort, Amiens, Ivry and Nimes. Her solo exhibitions include: Galerie Passages in Troyes; K. gallery in Almaar (The Netherlands); Galerie Zographia in Bordeaux; 1988 Galerie Carreton-Laune in Nimes; 1989 the St. Trophimus cloister in Arles and the abbey in Tournus; 1997 at the Quartier, Centre d'Art in Quimper. In 1983, she received the Medicis 'Fuori le Mura' bursary.

Museum and Gallery Holdings

Amiens (FRAC Picardie): Flood (1986); Untitled (1986)


  • Jeune, Jeanne/Bouthier, Philippe: Mont-de-Marsan sculptures: Hélène Agofroy, Hans van den Ban, Philippe Bent, Etienne Bossut, Miguel Egaña, Osman, exhibition catalogue, Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Aquitaine, Bordeaux, 1992 (text in French and English).
  • Regards sur la sculpture contemporaine: Hélène Agofroy, Jacques Bosser, Mark Brusse, exhibition catalogue, Espace Belleville, Paris, 1996.
  • Domino, Christophe: Hélène Agofroy, exhibition catalogue, centre d'Art contemporain Le Quartier, Quimper, 1997 (text in French and English).