Bernard Hamel




“My sculptures are imbued with traces left by the passage of lives, inspired by natural elements or even transformed real objects. Memories meet material to transform into a sculptural form with organic lines. ” Bernard Hamel

Bernard Hamel was born in Quebec and lives and works in St. Roch des Aulnaies. He completed a bachelor’s degree in visual arts at UQAM with a focus on sculpture. To perfect his knowledge of wood he completed a course in cabinetmaking at the Institut québécois d’ébénisterie, in Quebec.

In 2005, he took a woodturning course with Jean-François Escoulen and André Martel, two internationally renowned turners. His approach to his own sculptural work is focused on the material he is using…be it wood, metal or glass. Since 1999, Hamel has taught sculpture at the Maison des Métiers d’Art de Québec. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Quebec and participated in international symposia including the Camille Claudel Sculpture Festival, in LaBresse, France, and Festival Montagn'Art, in Thyon, Switzerland.