Ingrid Donat

Ingrid Donat
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Biography

Ingrid Donat was born in Paris in 1957 into a family of artists. Her grandfather was an architect and her father a painter. Raised in Sweden, she returned to Paris in 1975 when she was 17 to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. She later met Sylva Bernt, who instructed her in the art of construction, casting, engraving, patinating and sculpture in general. During the 1980’s she crossed paths with the sculptor Diego Giacometti who encouraged her to start creating her own furniture.

Though she only began exhibiting openly in 1998, today Donat stands as one of the most influential living artists in Decorative Arts. Her sculptured furniture pieces take a painterly approach to the weighty medium of bronze. She wishes to “imbue bronze with warmth and vitality” by drawing upon the scarification techniques and visual motifs from tribal societies. With her work she seeks to distil something of the sophistication of Art Deco and the force of Tribal Art. Her motifs seem like tattoos, elegantly decorating the surface of her work with dots, circles and scored lines. Her work needs to be seen and touched to be truly understood.

Donat draws upon a diverse range of decorating influences. The works of Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Armand-Albert Rateau have inspired the characters and intricate patterns that typify her art. Donat crosses time without ever anchoring herself in the trends of the moment.

Herr creative process begins with a sheet of wax, which she inscribes, carves and shapes to form the ‘skin’ of her work. This structure is then applied to her designs. She herself engraves the bronzes, paints the upholstery, and treats the wood. For over twenty years Donat’s pieces have been cast at the same bronze foundry, the Blanchet-Landowski foundry in Paris.

Her work is part of many private collections, including the renowned interior designer Peter Marino, who also contributed to her debut monograph. Since 2008, Donat has been working exclusively with Carpenters Workshop Gallery and in 2016 a retrospective of her design career was held at the New York Gallery.

Selection of Works

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Achievements

  • ArtMonte-Carlo, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Monaco, France.
  • ‘West Coast Pop Up’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery in collaboration with 836M Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
  • Group Show, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • Summer Show, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA.
  • ‘Cabinet Makers’, Carpenters workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • ‘Art Light’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • ‘Art Light’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Basel, Switzerland.
  • TEFAF New York Spring, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA.
  • PAD Paris, Jardin des Tuileries, Carpenters Workshop Galerie, Paris, France.
  • Zona Maco, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Mexico City.
  • FOG Design + Art, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
  • ‘Origins’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA.
  • ‘ Retrospective Exhibition 10 Years of Collectible Design, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Mitry-Mory, France.
  • ‘New Gallery Opening 10 Years of Collectible Design’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • ‘Tribal’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery in collaboration with Galerie Bernard Dulon, Paris, France.
  • ‘Origins’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • ‘New Works Only’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • PAD London, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • Expo Chicago, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Chicago, USA.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Artmonte-Carlo, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Monaco.
  • PAD Paris, Jardin des Tuileries, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Design Days Dubai, Caprenters Workshop Gallery, Dubai, UAE.
  • Masterpiece, London, UK.
  • Design Miami/ Basel, Switzerland.
  • Design Beijing, Beijing, China.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, Tuileries, Paris, France.
  • AD Collections, Ministère des Affaires étrangères, Paris, France.
  • The Salon : Art + Design, New York, USA.
    / Biennale des Antiquaires, Paris, France.
  • BRAFA, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Design Days Dubai,
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, Tuileries, Paris, France.
  • Masterpiece, London, UK.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, Paris, France.
  • Cicatrices de Métal, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Biennale des Antiquaires, Paris, France.
  • Masterpiece, London, UK.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, Tuileries, Paris, France.
  • Design Days Dubai, Dubai, UAE.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, Tuileries, Paris, France.
  • Design Miami/Miami, Miami Beach, USA.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, London, UK.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland.
  • Sotheby’s at Sudeley Castle, Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire, UK.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, Tuileries, Paris, France.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, London, UK.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland.
  • ‘Design High’, Louis T Blouin Foundation in collaboration with Carpenters Workshop Gallery,
    London, UK.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, Tuileries, Paris, France.
  • Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France.
  • Contemporary Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, London, UK.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland.
  • Conversations in Bronze: Ingrid Donat and Vincent Dubourg, Carpenters Workshop Gallery,
    London, UK.
  • Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, USA.
  • Design Art, London, UK.
  • Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, USA.
  • Pavillon des Antiquaires et des Beaux Arts, Paris, France.
  • Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, USA.
  • Pavillon des Antiquaires et des Beaux Arts, Paris, France.
  • Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, USA.
  • Carrousel du Louvre, Louvre, Paris, France.
  • L’art du Jardin et de la Scuplture, Parc de Saint Cloud, Paris, France.
  • Jardins des Tuileries, Paris, France.
  • International Art & Antique Fair Pavilion des Antiquaires et des Beaux Arts, Palm Beach,
    Florida, USA.
  • Permanent Exhibition, Galerie Cazeau-Beraudiere, Paris, France.
  • Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France.
  • Pavillon des Antiquaires et des Beaux Arts, Paris, France.
  • Meubles Sculptures d’Ingrid Donat, Galerie Bernard Dulon, Paris, France.
  • David Linley and C.Cator, H.Chislett, “Star Pieces – The Enduring Beauty of Spectacular
    Furniture”. London: Thames and Hudson.
  • Art of the Twentieth Century, New York, USA.
    Fondation Louise T Blouin, London, UK.

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