Sylvain Forest was born in Joliette, in 1956. He grew up in the Lanaudière region, a tender cradle between the Laurentians and the St-Lawrence River in the province of Quebec. There, with a gentle smile, nature beckoned him to explore her wonders. Endowed with her richness and generosity, he set out to express his admiration for nature through his meticulous work.
He taught himself how to carve wood since 1984. He harvests his own wood, prepares it, and dries it to perfection. Through the careful handling of this medium and his respect for traditional and modern techniques, one could say that Sylvain feels the comforting warmth of wood.
He distinguished himself as a sculptor of birds. His extensive knowledge of the subject, along with his research and constant communication with other specialists in the field, gives his work a hyper-realistic character.
Sylvain’s art surpasses the mere imitation of nature; it attempts to infuse it with life. The presentation of his work often embodies a measure of environment or a trace of human presence: old farm tools, rusted nails. His main goal is to capture and recreate movement such as alertness, preparing for flight, perching, just to name a few.
To an admiring observer, only one word emanates from Sylvain’s work, INTIMACY.
A Bronze (offered to Hassan II, king of Morocco)
Rare, threatened or extinct bird species
Gigantic low-relief carving
Chain saw garden carvings
Montreal Botanical Garden
Quebec Wildlife Federation
Mougins, French Riviera, France
L’Art de la Nature, Québec
Mount Stephen Club, Montreal
National Outfitter Show, Montreal
Maison Antoine Lacombe, St-Charles Borromée
More than 135 other exhibitions
10 short programs for Quebec T.V.
Radio Canada International (Radio)
American Travel Channel, Sonia Benezra
Cafeine, Morning Show, TQS, February 12, 2004
Journal de Montréal
Ankor Class book for elementary schools
101 Trucs et Secrets de Pêche, A. Demers et D. Cousineau
Wildfowl Carving Magazine
L’Art et la Nature Catalog, Quebec
Graycounty, Ontario (16 Malards in flight)
Odanak Native Museum
Musée de La Civilisation, Québec (Luth turtle)
Des Hautes-Rives (Bicknell’s Thrush)
De la Gaspésie
Snow Goose Museum, Montmagny
Mount-Royal Observatory, Montreal
Ottawa Museum of Civilisation, children section
Montréal Biodome (Great Auk)