Master Carver Gilles Prud’homme of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, is one of the world’s elite in the art of wildfowl wood carving. His sculptures, renowned as being among the best in the world, capture moments in time and reflect the relationship between predator and prey, the thrill of the hunt, and the powerful beauty of nature.
An eye for fine detail, a love of wildlife, and the dedication required to spend hundreds, possibly thousands, of hours creating one carving are qualities possessed by the world’s elite carvers. Carving both lifesize and miniature birds for over 22 years, Gilles is a third generation carver following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather.
A master at creating his subjects with precision and detail, Gilles has won numerous awards at the international level. With an extremely successful year at the 2006 Ward World Wildfowl Carving Championships, Gilles earned the title Master Carver. In 2007, Gilles not only entered the Masters Class with great success, but also for the first time competed in the prestigious World Class, where he earned the distinction of being named Third Best in World. Gilles repeated this amazing feat and once again placed Third Best in World in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He also has two, Canadian National, Best of Show titles to his credit.
Using tupelo wood and acrylic paint to create his exceptionally lifelike sculptures, Gilles captures the beauty and essence of his subject with great care and attention to detail. Gilles’ works are regularly showcased in Wildfowl Carving Competition Magazine, an annual publication that features the world’s finest bird carvings.
A piece by Master Carver Gilles Prud’homme will add prestige to your collection or it could be the ideal gift to present to an esteemed client or family member. These works can also be commissioned to capture one of nature’s moments that you want to see portrayed eternally.
“I love the fact that I can take a block of wood, slowly transform it, and add colour to bring it to life. The greatest satisfaction for me is not receiving awards, but seeing the enjoyment in the people who appreciate my work and want to take a piece home with them to be able to enjoy forever.” – Gilles Prud’homme, Master Carver
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