Archive for May, 2009

The Sculpture of Deborah Rael-Buckley

Posted in Ceramic on May 30th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!

Deborah Rael-Buckley

I spent quite awhile on Deborah Rael-Buckley’s website. Her work is captivating and holds your attention. The sculptures are quite large, I can imagine how stunning they must be in person. They tell stories with layers of what she terms “the taxonomy of memory: the layering of personal, cultural, historical and biological imagery.” You, the viewer becomes a participant in the stories she tells.

She  creates large-scale, narrative ceramic sculpture, generally in the female form . Many of them have the look of ladders or stairs, almost a suggestion for us to use the ladder or stairs to climb down into our memories but always to climb back out again into the now. The sculpture below is one I found compelling.

Varo

Varo

This is the second in her artist chair series. Deborah was inspired by Remedios Varo, a Spanish surrealist painter who lived half of her life in Mexico, and was a prolific painter. She often used imagery of wheels, wings, pulleys, wind and other natural elements as metaphors. I was prompted to look for Remedios Varos work and found many websites featuring her work. I’ve given you just one link below.

"El Relojero", canvas (71 x 84cm.), 1955

Remedios Varo (1908-1963)

valemasbackjpg

I hope you visit Deborah’s website and enjoy her work as much as I do. She has a slide show called Anatomy of a Sculpture that shows the process of creating the Varo sculpture. I recommend it, It is very interesting. sor_juanas_dream_frontjpgHer works are in national and international collections, including the State of New Mexico, the Sara and David Lieberman collection of contemporary ceramics and the Sandy and Diane Besser collection of contemporary American ceramics. Her work can also be seen in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Illinois. Rael-Buckley lives and works in Taos, NM where she has her studio. Her work can be seen at Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and privately in her studio.

Popularity: 38% [?]

An Artful Celebration of Women

Posted in Fabric on May 23rd, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

img_3432Artist Meg Mitchell of  Priscilla Mae et al lives in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada and works in a delightful studio surrounded by her “girls”. Sophisticated  little shaped pillows, sachets, totes and eyeglass cases. I came across her shop on Etsy and was delighted to spend some time there enjoying what she has to offer.

img_3532

img_1733

She has started a new blog and shares some of her older work with visitors and gives us a peak inside her studio. What a fun place to create.

img_3319

Most of her larger pillows have quotes on the back that relates to the subject of a particular series.Veronica, one of her Midlife Madonnas has this quote: “I can only please on person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow doesn’t look good either.”

il_430xn54476068

She spends time each year in Paris and comes home full of inspiration. Don’t you just love this sassy Edith Les Femmes de Paris. Edith is approximately 5″ X 5″ and is a unique little treasure.

Popularity: 16% [?]

The Realistic Sculpture of Carole A. Feuerman

Posted in Realistic, Videos on May 23rd, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

Public Art Grande Catalina, Venice Biennale 2007Carole A. Feuerman is considered to be one of America’s most important realist sculptors. Her work certainly takes your breath away. I was amazed at the size of some of her figures. I particularly find her figures coming out of walls intriguing.

Splash Oil and Resin, 2008 15" x 12" x 5"

Her honors include: First prize at the 2008 Beijing Biennale, Inclusion in the 2008 Olympic Fine Arts Exhibition, the Peabody Award, the Betty Parson Sculpture Award, and the Medici Award. Her work is in the collections of President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, Dr. Kissinger, President Gorbachov, and the Forbes Magazine Art Collection, among others. She has been included in shows at museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. You can read more of her Bio here.

Carole A. Feuermann in her studio

“All of my life, making art has been my passion. As I have experienced life, the forms that my work has taken have evolved and deepened. I want my art to inspire the viewer to look closely at what stands before them. It is not the fleeting moment that I want to capture, but the universal feeling caught in that fleeting moment. I want the viewer to complete the story when he looks at my sculpture, to reflect and feel touched. If I can create a work of art that can touch each generation, that would be my masterpiece.” –Carole Feuerman

Carole has a new book out that she talks about in the video below. To take a closer look, see the link on the top right side of this page. Enjoy her video.

Visit Carole’s website for more fabulous photos of her work.

Popularity: 40% [?]

Wire Sculptor Derek Kinzett

Posted in Videos, Wire Artists on May 13th, 2009 by Alice – 7 Comments

I just found this wonderful wire sculptor artist, Derek Kinzett. Isn’t his work simply incredible? I find it amazing that he canThe Woodcutter's Sprite work the wire in such a manner. The figures are so life like. You can see more of his work on his website.

To quote his website, “Artist Derek Kinzett’s work has been described as beyond beautiful, stunning and spiritual.” I have to agree. There is such expression in his figures that you forget that they are wire.

The Woodcutter's Sprite

He was born in 1966 and grew up in Dodington Park, Gloucestershire. In 2004 he launched “The Inner Spirit Collection” of wire sculptures.

Derek will be Artist In Residence at Newstead Abbey Nottingham 2009. Four commissioned wire sculptures for the Abbey’s Rose Garden will  be unveiled September  21, 2009 and will be covered by The BBC.

The Video is well worth watching. Take a minute, get a cup of coffee and enjoy a few minutes of peaceful music and fantastic sculpture.

Dance of the ArrowWoodland Spirit More of Derek’s work.

Popularity: 70% [?]

Figurative Artist – Sculptor and Painter – Angela Munslow

Posted in Uncategorized on May 13th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

Here is a lady that can inspire us all. Angela Munslow is from the UK, and is an accomplished Sculptor and Painter. She finished studies in figurative sculpture in 1992. She exhibits widely in the UK and her work can be found in private collections worldwide.

YouTube Preview Image

This Profile was on Manchester M Channel Zeitgeist in April 2008

Training

2005 Digital Imagry, Stoke-on-Trent College, Burslem

Exhibitions

2002 The Foyer, Knight and Sons Solicitors

2002 The Gallery, Newcastle Museum and Art Gallery

2001 Oswestry Heritage and Exhibition Centre

1993 Harmony, Chelsea Flower Show

1993 Harmony, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

1993 Harmony, Southport Flower Show

Popularity: 5% [?]