Archive for June 1, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Sophie Ryder

Sophie Ryder is a great modern sculptor of what could be called human animals, born in London, England in the year 1963. Many of her creatures are very large, human sized figures that are human sized rabbits with long legs and human hands. Ryder’s work brings the mythological creatures we all know of , such as the centaur to three dimensions.

Best known for a figure she calls the Lady- Hare, as you can guess a mixture of  a human female and a female rabbit.

Below we visit a show from 2009 in Bath, England featuring Sophie Ryder’s world renown Lady-Hare sculptures.

For her collegiate studies attended the Royal Academy of Art and Kingston Polytechnic both in London, Great Britain.

Price range information: The artist works in various sizes from larger than human size works, to maquette studies for these works. The smaller works range from $5,000 to the larger works reaching the six figure range.

In this clip we visit Vancouver, Canada as the artist makes a return visit to make some repairs. Shame on the public for even thinking about destroying such a masterpiece.

Works for sometimes months on the process of creating a work, looking to express a certain emotion that she herself had experienced.

In this clip we see an installation by Sophie Ryder.

What I love most about Sophie Ryder is a great statement by one of her college professors. The professor stated that Sophie Ryder has an insatiable urge to create.

She started to work with hares after a dog she owned started bringing them home as thanks for her as a reward for her hard work as an owner. The same as when your lovely cat deposits a freshly killed bird, also a reward for you!


Artist of the moment……Verner Panton

Verner Panton was a fantastic artist and architect born in Gentofte, Denmark in 1926. He is renown for his mass produced chairs, in particular the Panton Chair, the first single- form injection molded plastic chair. Though he was most popular as an artist during the end of the Pop Art movement and the 1960s and 1970s, he remained popular throughout his lifetiem for his modernistic designs. He would go onto design installations that were very modernistic and included the round shapes and S-curves that are associated with the artist.

For his collegiate studies the artist studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Art. For two years after college worked for another architect and learned his trade.

Price range information: Verner Panton produced some silkscreens and original art with works priced between $1,000 and $9,000.

In this clip we see many works by Panton and the next posting, Dieter Rams another designer from the 1960s.

In this clip we see the fine quality of the chair with no joints. His original designs are still in production and often copied.

Here we visit the image I most associate with the artist, the Phantasy Landscape.

Verner Panton passed away in 1998 at the age of 72 years old.