CHARLES-WESLEY HOURDé
Plan number 30


A native of the art world, Charles Wesley-Hourdé began his professional career with a booth at the Saint-Ouen flea market in Paris in 2005. He opened a gallery devoted to his area of predilection and specialty in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area in the heart of Paris’ African and Oceanic art neighborhood the following year. He participates in many international art shows and regularly organizes exhibitions at his gallery as well. In 2010, Christie’s engaged him to work in their Department of African and Oceanic art. Under his leadership, the department saw sales multiply by a factor of three in the space of five years, and a number of world record auction prices were achieved. Now with more experience, knowledge and ability than ever before, Hourdé returned to being independent and to devoting himself to various more personal projects in 2016.  While remaining a consultant for a number of auction houses and private collectors, he opened a gallery again in Saint-Germain-des-Prés (first on the rue Mazarine and then on the rue de Seine). He has organized several major shows at these locations since then, most notably Passeurs de Rêves in 2016, L’Emprise des masques in 2017, and Pigalle 1930: retour sur une exposition mythique in 2018. His in-depth understanding of the artworks he handles and their history is apparent in the catalogs he publishes. They are abundantly illustrated and supply a wealth of documentation. He is the author of the most complete study on famed woodworker Kichizô Inagaki, and was the co-director of a publication on the African and Oceanic art show held at Galerie Pigalle in 1930 that has established itself as a major reference work in the literature.

+33 (0)142016982   +33 (0)664905700
www.charleswesleyhourde.com

31 rue de Seine 75006 Paris, France





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