Yves Jumeau

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Yves Jumeau
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Born (1955-08-07) August 7, 1955 (age 61)
Le Mans, France
Nationality French
Known for Installation Art, Sculpture, Glass Casting
Notable work Kundalini

Yves Jumeau is a French artist who was born in 1955 in Le Mans, France


Son of a glass-work master, Yves was initiated to arts from his earliest days. He was five years old when he created his first stained glass panel. While he was studying, he collaborated from time to time with his father to the creation and restoration of stained glass.[1]

He had many different professional experiences, among which being the director of a company, which didn’t give him any satisfactions corresponding to his aspiration. He thus stopped those activities and undertook studies in electronics. He graduated in sound engineering and show technician light manager. “Of this development, derives nowadays all the freedom we find in his artistic expression”, considers Jung-Chou Lin.[2]

Yves Jumeau as a self-taught person, dedicates all his energy to glass work, in a new way, that of volume, of sculpture. Since May 1984 his work have been exhibited (Le Mans congress centre, Vittel,...), and they appeared for the first time in galleries in 1986 (Galerie Art Objet in Angoulême, Galerie Artitude in Paris).[3]

Yves Jumeau explored many fields in contemporary art. He made sculptures, installation art, organized events (Tree of knowledge est mort,[4] A ma Lulu forever[5]...), and he also contributed to stage lightning for the movie art industry. He is a specialist of glass casting, and his works include such medias as metal, bronze, plaster, fabrics, sound environment, x-rays, etc.

“From the smallest, we get into gigantic works with his monumental glass settings for public places. For Yves Jumeau’s creativity has no limit, he displays statues for us, faces, which are several meters high, held up by an inner stainless steel structures, worthy of the Statue of Liberty” considers Christian Germak.[6]


His work on crystallization, starting in 2008, is a meeting point with Marcel Duchamp’s ready-made concepts. Yves Jumeau’s crystallization concept consists covering emblematic objects with glass crystals, thus creating a coating which expresses both time passing by and protection. The object is thus petrified and plunged into “a sort of fixation of time and space”.

“Yves Jumeau’s art work is a way of appropriating objects, concepts and environments. It is a way of absorbing them, phagocyte them to present them to us, deprived of the function and temporality. Their symbolic value is thus protected for eternity as it seems”, considers Hsu.[7]

Rolls-Royce, clothes, art objects, etc. are privileged supports for crystallization.


  • Bloch, Janine: Le verre en France, les années 1980, 1988, France.
  • Bray, Charles: Dictionary of glass, A&C Black, 1995, United Kingdom.
  • Lin, Jung-Chou: From shadow to light, from the past to the future, Hsinchu Art Museum, 2002, Taiwan, ISBN 957-01-1685-4.
  • Professeur Philippe: Sculptures contemporaines en cristal et verre en Europe, Général de banque, 1989,Luxemburg.
  • Professeur Philippe: Sculptures contemporaines en cristal et en verre des pays de la Communauté européenne, Général de banque, 1992, Luxemburg.
  • Professeur Philippe: Sculptures contemporaines en cristal et en verre des 15 pays de l'Union européenne, Général de banque, 1996, Luxemburg.
  • Professeur Philippe: Sculptures contemporaines en cristal et en verre de 17 pays entre méditerranée et nord baltique, Fortis Banque, 2000, Luxemburg.


  1. ^ (in French) (professeur Philippe 1992, p. 89 à 91)
  2. ^ (in French) (Jung-Chou Lin 2002, ?)
  3. ^ (in French) (Janine Bloch-Dermant 1988, pp. 49–50)
  4. ^ (in French), J-F.H., « On achève bien les idées..., Salvador Dali n'aurait pas renié la cérémonie loufoque qui s'est déroulée samedi devant le Palais des Congrès de la ville du Mans. », Ouest-France, 25
  5. ^ (in French) « Cachez ce phallus que je ne saurais voir... », Ouest-France, 16
  6. ^ (in French) Christian Germak, Arts actualités magazine, novembre 1997
  7. ^ (in French) Hsu, Megasun Inter, octobre 2008

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