Mickey Mouse, by Carla Regalado Teixido
Roch Rafal - 'A Pleines Voiles vers l'Aventure' (Dutch version in Robbedoes #1395, 1965).

Jacques Métayer is a French figurative sculptor, working under the pseudonym Jacques Le Nantec. In 1964, he briefly ventured into cartooning, drawing the second installment of the pirate comic 'Roch Rafal' in Spirou magazine.

Early life and career
Jacques Métayer was born in 1940 in Nantes. He enjoyed drawing from his early childhood on, and when he restored a broken statue at age thirteen, he also discovered his passion for sculpting. Much of his childhood was spent in Chambéry, a town in the French Alps, where his soldier father was stationed. Since there was no formal art school in Chambéry, Metayer learned the trade by trying out earth pottery. In October 1957, at age 16, the self-taught artist exhibited his first fifteen works in the Annecy gallery Peuple et Culture. Two years later, his father was reassigned to Paris, where Jacques Métayer enrolled at the Architecture faculty of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, working in Noël Le Maresquier's atelier.


Roch Rafal - 'A Pleines Voiles vers l'Aventure' (Dutch version in Robbedoes #1392, 1964).

Roch Rafal
After fulfilling his military service in Algeria, Métayer went to work as a decorator, comic artist and modeller of wax figures. In 1964, he became a cartoonist for Spirou magazine, drawing the second installment of the 'Roch Rafal' pirate feature, written by Jean-Jacques Martine. The first episode, 'Le Faucon des Tropiques' ("The Falcon of the Tropics", 1963), was drawn by Yolande Canale, and showed the 17th-century filibuster coliding with the Spanish forces in the Caribbean Sea. In 'A Pleines Voiles vers l'Aventure' ("Full Sail Towards Adventure", 1964), drawn by Métayer, Roch Rafal is a privateer in service of king Louis XIV, sent to the Isle Bourbon to investigate an uprising against the governor. The story was serialized in Spirou in late 1964 and 1965, and so far the only known comic by Jacques Métayer.

Sculptor
In the mid-1960s, Métayer set up his workshop in the French Yvalines department, focusing on his sculpting work, using the pseudonym Jacques Le Nantec. Early in his career, he earned a living making busts. He also made a statue of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's literary character Le Petit Prince for a Mantes-la-Jolie nursery school, as well as a monument to the French World War II general Jean de Lattre de Tassigny in the same town. By 1974, he made sculptures in "polybronze" for direct sale, signing them "Gaumondy". From 1983 on, Le Nantec and his second wife lived all over the world, first in Macao (1983), then back and forth between Paris and Thailand, before relocating to Macao in 2001. Participating in international art fairs in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, Geneva and Shanghai, Jacques Le Nantec specialized in making series of figurative sculptures in bronze, created in his own foundry near Ayutthaya, Thailand.


'Sidonie', sculpture by Jacques Le Nantec (1981).

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