François-Xavier Lalanne (1927 - 2008) was born in Agen, France, and began his artistic career in Montparnasse, where he painted landscapes and portraits. François-Xavier's sculptures play deliberately on the absurd. Proportion is exaggerated, whilst contours and details are simplified. Uncanny in their scale and context, such overwhelming bronze sculptures as Carpe (Très Grande) provide no apparent representation of nature, but, rather of literature as though displaced from the narratives of a fairytale. François-Xavier's bestiary is light-hearted, owing little to preconception and almost everything to the element of surprise.