Gehard Demetz is a woodcarver and bronze worker from Milan, Italy. He was born in 1972. His main subjects of his sculptures are eerie children to say the least. His the raw yet finished nature to his artwork is unique and has allowed him to exhibit his artwork around the world.
I think that his work is interesting because of how he uses blocks of wood glued together to create the material for the sculpture. I find this interesting because not only is it a unique way to play with negative space, but because despite the gaps and the unfinished edges along the hair, his work still feels finished and not like it is an in process documentation of the piece.
Phillipe Faraut graduated from Germain Sommeillier with a degree in construction as well as woodworking. He is from Annecy France and has travelled all over the world. He eventually began to work with clay, bronze and stone as well.
I think that Phillipe Faraut is successful in capturing emotion in his sculptures. I also think that it is nice to see and artists carry over a similar style into multiple mediums. Overall I think his pieces are very expressive considering they are still objects.
Ian Norbury is a wood carver that has been creating sculptures for over 40 years. He is considered one of the world’s leading wood sculptors. He has also written numerous books on the subject of woodcarving.
To me, Ian Norbury’s sculptures are not only beautiful, but they are beautifully crafted and in many of his sculptures he works with multiple types of wood and materials to achieve the final product. His work is outstanding to me because he can take something as raw and difficult to work with as wood and can turn it into something polished and visually complete.
Yasuhiro Sakurai is a sculptor from Tokyo , Japan. He was born in 1971. He Graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 1999.
What is amazing about Sakurai’s work to me is the innovative hybridism between a relief and a sculpture. Since these pieces are wall hangings, it dances between both worlds. Furthermore, his innovative style of having the focus on the hair and not the floating heads is truly intriguing to me.
Seo Young Deok:
Seo Young Deok is a South Korean artist that creates sculptures of the human form with chains. He graduated from the University of Seoul in 2010. He entered into the Graduate program at the University of Seoul for environmental sculpture later that year.
These pieces are beautiful because of how interesting they are visually. These are sculptures made out of chains by welding each and every one into place. These sculptures are beautifully industrial while still dealing with the organic human form, which is an interesting combination to me.
Scott Fife is an American sculptor who graduated from the University of Idaho in 1972, and later graduated from MCAD in 1976. He uses archival cardboard to create his sculptures of iconic people/characters.
I think that this work is beautiful because Fife has been able to take a commonly overlooked material and make something extraordinary with it, furthermore, the structure of the faces are realistic without having to conceal the material. Not to mention it is awesome that he went to MCAD.
Tomohiro Inaba is an artist from Tochigi Japan. In 2010, he completed his graduate studies. He mainly works with metal sculpture, but sometimes incorporates everyday objects.
These sculptures are amazingly light despite the heavy nature of metal, and many defy gravity. The way in which these pieces are created makes it seem as though the piece is dissolving right before the audience. These pieces are whimsical and yet they are still created out of something stern and rather industrial. Again, I find these pieces interesting because the artist is utilizing a material that juxtaposes the subject, but the piece still miraculously seems to work.