Posts Tagged ‘The Figurative Artbeat’

Sculptural Artist Andrew Myers’ Leap of Faith

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

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Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

Andrew Myers has been artistically influenced by european life and culture. He was born in Braunshweig, Germany and raised in Ciudad Real, Spain.

At age 20, Andrew attended the Art Institute of Southern California, now known as Laguna College of Art and Design, after which he put his faith in his art and began to work as a full time artist. His personal “Leap of Faith”

A reminder to all of us to just begin. My favorite quote is,

“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, Begin it. Action has magic, power and grace.”  Goethe

Idea Roadblock

Idea Roadblock

Andrew’s subjects matter certainly makes the viewer pause for reflection. Little snippets of the life of every-man-woman.

The Idea Roadblock resonates for me  as just out of reach, that inspirational idea that I can almost touch, but I need to stretch just a bit more, just past my comfort zone. Knowing I might fail, but still taking that “Leap of Faith”, just beginning “it”.

Oh Life's Unexpected Moments

Oh Life's Unexpected Moments

Oh, Life’s Unexpected Moments. – Just when I think I have everything balanced, the unexpected happens and sends me flying.  It happens to us all from time to time, it is the way of the world. But then before I know it, I’m right back there stretching for the new idea and taking another leap of faith.

Life's Deconstruction Phase 2

Life's Deconstruction Phase 2

The blend of modern material with classical figurative techniques featuring  universal subject matter are prevalent throughout his work. He uses, among other media, bronze and cement in his sculpture and in his drawings, rice paper, charcoal, stains, wood finishes.

To learn more about this thoughtful Artist you can begin with this wonderful interview in this PDF of the Fall 2008 issue of Sculptural Pursuit. There are many pieces of his in this interview that aren’t on his website. But do take time to visit and explore more of his interesting sculptures and drawings on his website.

Thanks to Tejae Floyde for suggesting Andrew Myers’ art.

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Jason Thielke’s Architectural Approach to the Human Figure

Posted in Contemporary, Traditional on July 8th, 2009 by Alice – 1 Comment

Easy Silence

Jason Thielke’s art focuses on urban landscapes and their inhabitants. A strong emotional connection to the built environment and its inevitable rise and fall provide the foundation for his work.

Jason Thielke’s solo exhibition, New Work, will begin July 17 and continue through August 15, 2009 at the David B. Smith Gallery, 1543 A Wazee Street Denver, CO, 80202. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, July 17th, 2009 from 7 PM to 10 PM.

From his press release, “The work in this exhibition speaks to Thielke’s fascination with behavioral juxtaposition within the individual. The conflict between one’s ability to implement self control and compulsion to manipulate and constantly self-gratify emerges as a reoccurring theme. Jason Thielke’s drawings illustrate this struggle with mathematical precision. Constellations of the human experience, the artist utilizes simple, structural forms to portray stark contrasts within the spirit of his subjects – swirls representing natural beauty and positive energy; straight lines referencing intentional thought and manipulation used to influence others. These figures depict the idiosyncrasies of human perception, examining the dynamics of body language, eye contact and spiritual interaction. “

Visionary

Jason’s aesthetic encompasses both contemporary and traditional techniques much like modern architecture; his process of drawing, composing, and transferring images mirrors the planning, deconstruction and reconstruction phases of urban gentrification.
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The architectural style in his work is applied to his interpretation of the human form, which comfortably contrasts hard lines with soft features and mixed emotions.

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He often parallels this theme with the resurgence of American figurative painting.

Thielke earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Northern Illinois University School of Art and has held solo exhibitions in Denver, Portland and Seattle.

Clown

Thielke uses combinations of the following materials in his work, colored pencil, acrylic transfer, acrylic, aerosol, laser etching, and ink. You can see more of Jason’s work on his website.

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The Figurative Sculpture of Carolina Rodriquez Baptista

Posted in Bronze on June 24th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment
La-Intuitiva

La-Intuitiva

Carolina Rodriquez Baptista work is appealing to me for several reasons. Not the least of which is the gracefulness of her figures. What made me stay on her site for a longer than normal visit, is that her figures have a dream like quality that takes my imagination and holds it close.

La-Observadora

La-Observadora

It seems as if most of her work has a spray of numbers somewhere on the piece. I asked her if she could share their meaning with me.

“My background and original career was graphics. I studied graphics in Parsons and worked in graphics in NY. I used to do packaging, and advertising for Swatch, HBO, Verizon, Amex among others.”

“I guess the numbers and letters in my work is something I kept from my past. I believe sculpture is like photography or poetry, you are trying to capture a moment, a feeling, an instant. Numbers represent those moments. You cannot see it in the photographs but I also generally write phrases on the pieces, sometimes you can recognize them, sometimes you cannot. They are not there to be read, but they are part of the piece. Sometimes they are mine and sometimes they are borrowed from friends or authors I love and admire.”

“As you can see in the site my main theme has been women, I find great fascination in the female form, but specially in the female soul. I feel we are so many things at different times in our lives, from there comes the names of my last set of sculptures.”

All of the sculpture that I have pictured here are from Carolina’s last set.

Los-Optimista

Los-Optimistas

Her pieces float or seem to defy gravity. They’re sensual with a smile and a provoking suggestion of another world.

Pret-a-Porter

Pret-a-Porter

I love these dresses, don’t you? All of the pieces shown here are of bronze and metal.

Carolina is originally from Venezuela, she left Caracas at 19 to study in NY, where she lived and worked for ten years. In 2001 she moved to Miami, and because of her husbands work she has lived for the past 8 years between Miami and Madrid. Most of her work is done in Madrid  where she has a studio and the foundry she uses is there also.

La-Romantica

La-Romantica

To see more of Carolina’s work visit her website where you will find some of her paintings as well.

Carolina’s  work is represented in Miami, FL at the Virginia Millar Gallery, in Madrid, Spain at the Galeria DURAN, and in Paris, France at the Espace Meyer Zafra.

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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.

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