Ortaire de Coupigny is a French painter and sculptor.
Ortaire uses intense pigments to create his unique painted fish before suspending them in paraffin and covering them with a transparent resin. Genuine sardine tins (manufactured in his local area) are used to create an interesting dynamic between the industrial, mass-produced, everyday object and his hand painted, unique and often humourous representations of the fish. Using his unusual technique, Ortaire aims to surprise and delight us with this unexpected marriage of the commercial with the artisan.
I first saw the Sardine cans at the Affordable Art Fair (Battersea 2017) and loved their colour and the playfulness. The sculptures are all so different and varied reflecting the different sizes and shapes of the fish in the sea. They made me laugh and provoked a response which made me remember them and that's important.
The sardine cans are inexpensive bit of fun, most of the tins were about £60 - £80 making them an affordable route into collecting. They also look great gathered to gather on a wall. Anyone living by the sea should have one fo these somewhere in their home, nautical but nice.