(French, b. 1947)
Yves Lohe was born on the 5th of March, 1947, in a village in the North of France. As a boy Lohe was a dreamer, something of a loner, happiest when close to nature. As a young man he gave expression to his thoughts in poetry and drama as he considered a writing career. Later he studied law, then changed his course of study to focus on teaching. But eventually Lohe realized that only through the artistic manipulation of form, the discipline of sculpture, would he find expression.
In 1972 he studied with Abel Bataillard, the famous “Forged Iron Master of Pigalle.” Five years later Lohe resigned his teaching position to devote himself exclusively to sculpting with iron. His first work was in that medium, and soon Lohe pieces were displayed in Paris exhibitions, including the renowned Independent French Artists Exhibition.
Under the title “Iron Hands” he made approximately eighty sculptures of hands, many of them clenched in fists. Later he focused on the human body entire in a series of slender figures drawn from dance and the everyday bodily attitudes of townsfolk. Gradually Lohe’s sculptural forms assumed a softer edge. At the same time he created larger pieces, public works for towns in the North and East of France.
In 1979 Lohe became interested in working in bronze, and built his workshop, 2nd Fire Art, in which he would concentrate on that medium. Then in 1991, inspired bya meeting with Werner Manesse, master glazier, Lohe’s vision expanded to include the transparency and color of glass. Manesse taught him to see the “alphabet” of glass, the infinite combinations of light and color that would enable Lohe to imbue his bronzes with a new poetry .In the interplay of light, color and metal form Lohe found the unique style that has delighted patrons in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
At last patrons in the United States may enjoy his work as well.