The mavericks of art are expanding its horizons to uncharted territories. Exploring new avenues to bring their artistic vision to life. Even in the digital age, one of the oldest forms of artistic expression has not lost its verve. Thanks to master sculptors, like the artists featured in this article, Sculptures continue to reflect the myriad of emotions that constitute the human condition.
Here is a look at some of the most versatile artists alive today whose art is impacting commerce, politics, the environment and much more.
Gerry Judah spent his childhood years in India before his family moved to London when he was 10 years old. The rich and diverse culture of india had a profound effect on Gerry Judah.
It’s is perhaps some of residue of this impact why his vision as an artist often manifests itself in the form of huge sculpture with immensely intricate and complex architecture.
His penchant for massive sculptures has made him a particular favourite of the automobile giants of Europe and he has been commissioned to create some astounding works of art that extol the virtues of brands like Porshe, Jaguar and Audi among others.
Following his work for the Auschwitz memorial commissioned by the Imperial War Museum, his work took a different direction as he focused on the ravages of war in his 3 dimensional paintings exhibited in many major cities of the world.
Juame Plensa’s sculptures wonderfully explore the beautiful concept of unity in diversity. These sculptures
emulate humanoid figures often in meditative postures.
His sculptures try to present the diversity in the human race alongside the similarities we share. They inspire an elevated consciousness and subtly attempt to unveil the similarities that unite us inspite of our differences.
Jason de Caires Taylor
The sculptures of Jason de Claires are truly one of a kind. This alumnus of The London Institute of Arts is the creator of some of the most remarkable and unique sculptures known to man.
Through his tireless efforts he has managed to create entire underwater museums filled with magnificent works of art. These sculptures are made doubly beautiful by the setting in which they are presented.
A lost world lies within these apparent ruins. Jason de Caire’s works capture a desolation that permeates the spirit of the modern world where material possessions have trumped spiritual well being.
And yet even in this desolation, life is nurtured. His sculptures possess the unique quality constant natural transformation as many marine flora and fauna have made these underwater museums their home.
His art has served the dual purpose of lending beauty to a desolate piece of this earth and at the same time nurturing life to grow there.
Few on this planet can lay claim to such achievements.
The art of Chris Dorosz is best described in his own words – “Out of material discovery I began to regard the primacy of the paint drop, a form that takes shape not from a brush or any human-made implement or gesture, but purely from its own viscosity and the air it falls through, as analogous to the building blocks that make up the human body (DNA) or even its mimetic representation (the pixel).
With this in mind I’ve been working towards creating a narrative of materials as the groundwork to explore changing ideas of human physicality.”
Perhaps one of the most famous and controversial artists to come from China, Ai Weiwei is a sculptor par excellence.
He is the architect of the Beijing National Stadium which became the symbol of the progressive China in the Beijing Olympics. Which is ironic as Ai has faced a lot of persecution at the hands of the Chinese Government.
Nevertheless, Ai Weiwei has been relentless in his pursuit of freedom of artistic expression. His sculpture Sunflower Seeds, which consists of 100 million individually crafted tiny porcelain sculptures, has become a profound commentary on the commerce and politics associated with the tag ‘Made in China’.
Ai weiwei is without question one of the greatest architect, sculptor and artist alive today.