Posts Tagged ‘figure sculptor’

Artist of the moment……Billy Gauthier

Billy Gauthier is an Canadian artist born in the year 1978 in Happy Valley- Goose Bay, Newfoundland, Canada. Gauthier is of Metis and Inuit heritage. The artist grew up on the East Coast of Canada.

The artist works with various mixed media including antlers, ivory, whalebone, and serpentine.

Some influences include Kenojuak Ashevak and Kiawak Ashoona.

A large influence on Gauthier was his professional artist cousin named John Terriak. Terriak is renowned for his portraiture work. This piece is titled “Woman’s Face.” Even as a young child the artist enjoyed trying to capture the likeness and expression of the human face.

Billy Gauthier is now based out of Labrador, Canada.

The artist had his first solo breakthrough show in 2010.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment…..Emil Alzamora

Emil Alzamora is a wonderful modern artist who specializes in working with the figure using ceramics and other mixed media such as graphite wax, bronze, or gypsum. Emil Alzamora was born in Lima, Peru in the year 1975. His works are amazing for their mix of realism and fantasy. The space figure is an great example of  a work done entirely in ceramics.

Grew up in Boca Grande, Florida. For his artistic education attended Florida State University at Boca Grande receiving a bachelors of fine art and graduating magna cum laude.

in part 1 of the clips we see the artist at work via timelapse. Its like seeing the entire creative process in a few minutes time:

Part 2 of the of the timelapse:

Part 3 of the series:

A link to the website of artist Emil Alazmora:

Price range information:  Sorry none available.

What a wonderful and unique interpretation of the figure. I love the emotion Alzamora inserts into each piece. One of few figure artists working with ceramics, and the addition of other unique materials like graphite wax gives the artist’s work a great feeling as if he was capturing an ephemeral moment in time for us to enjoy forever.

Lately the artist has moved into works that resemble mythical creatures, mixtures of man and beast. I encourage you to visit his website!


Artist of the moment….Kiawak Ashoona

Kiawak Ashoona was born in the year 1933 in the Cape Dorset area of Canada. Another of the great sculptors of Inuit tribe, he is held in high regard for his work with the figure. As with most other sculptors of the Inuits he works mainly in stone and also items like antlers and whalebones.

His mother was the world renown Pitseolak Ashoona I profiled not long ago.  In fact the Ashoona family is as well known as the Ashevak family of artists, other Inuit family of artists.

In this clip we view a wonderful work by the artist.

Appointed to the Royal Order of Canada in 2000.

Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 2003.

In the early 1970s an exhibition was formed that went around the world, showcasing the Inuit artists for the first time on the world stage. Kiawak Ashoona had a work titled Tornaaq and Young that was on the cover of the book sold alongside this famous exhibition.

price range information: Kiawak Ashoona has produced a small number of etchings and prints but they are rare, unable to form a pricing schedule. Sculptures however, are easily available and depending on size range from a few hundred to a $20,000 dollars.

I love this group of artists coming from Canada. If I were to compare the work as a whole unit of work I would compare the sculptors of the Inuits to the great American artist known for working with animals in a very stylized way, Charley Harper.  Many times I see an amazing bird carved out of stone and think that is the way Charley Harper would have produced his work if had learned the medium of sculpture. Below a great example of his style of art using fish as a subject.




Kiawak Ashoona still lives and works in the area.


Artist of the moment….Sculptor Antony Gormley


In the gallery all works by Gormley save the last two. The second from the bottom is by Richard Hambleton. The last one is by Brian Craig Winkiiri.



The artist comes from the United Kingdom. He was born in 1950 in the city of London, England.

A brief interview with the artist. He discusses the difference between modern art and what came before it.

He is well known for his very large public figures. One of his most famous works is titled Angel of the North located in Gateshead which is in the north of England.

He was one of seven children born to a wealthy family. The artist is very well schooled and has attended Trinity College, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and Goldsmith College.  He took post graduate courses that improved his methods and ideas about sculpting at the Slade School of Art in London.

First solo exhibition was in 1981. Majority of works is with the figure. Uses his own body in many of his works.


For artistic comparisons I find his sculpture style, and the fact that he uses his own body in many works very reminiscent of the sculptor Brian Craig Winkiiri. Below is a great sculpture by Winkiiri.

His works on paper of the figure remind of artist Richard Hambleton. Below is a piece of art made by Hambleton.

Gormley’s artistic statement: I attempt to materialize the place at the other side of appearance where we all live. ”

Winner of the Turner prize in 1994 for a piece the Field for the Britith Isles.

An example of the artist using his own body as a mold for his castings was his project in 2007 titled “Event Horizon.” This work was 31 sculptures of the artist all anatomically correct placed in various locations around the globe. Four of the works were cast in iron. The rest were made using fiberglass. The works were all installed around business sections of London and New York.

The artist even sometimes incorporates the public in his public commissions. He organized a project called One &  Other. 2,400 people occupied a space in the famed Trafalgar Square, for one hour each day for 100 days. It ran from July to October in 2009. It was a great event for social media and brought many people to twitter to comment and follow live acts.  The project was streamed on line by SkyArts.  One person even appeared naked during an early a.m. time slot. He was asked by police to put his clothes on! He did so.

In this clip see and here Antony Gormley talk about his ambitions with the One & Other project.

Price range info: Though primarily a sculptor, he has done a fair amount of print works such as lithographs, etchings, ink, and woodcuts. A maquette of his famous Angel of the North sold for $5.57 million. Lithographs can range from $1,500 to $10,000. Most works in steel and iron go from $20,000 to $500,000.

Trustee of the British Museum since 2007.

In 2011 won the Laurence Olivier award for helping design theater sets for “Babel.”

This artist is a great example of modern and contemporary sculpture. I have the utmost respect of artists who place their works in public( so much criticism!) And the way he got people excited about art and contemporary culture to perform in his One & Other project. The artist is a great example of how communities large and small can benefit from art!



Artist of the moment….sculptor Alberto Giacometti….

Alberto Giacometti was born in the swiss valley named Val Bregaglia in Stampa. His father Giovanni Giacometti was a well known post impressionist painter. His style emphasized color and he was well known in the commercial adveristising circles for his posters. Here is a picture by Giovanni below. The artist received great training from his father at a very young age by drawing family members and copying the various busts that were in his father’s studio. In addition to studies with his father at a very young age Giacometti attended the School of Fine Arts in Geneva, Switzerland.

Giovanni’s dad’s second cousin was also a painter named Augusto Giacometti.

In 1922, the artist took off for the city for artists, Paris. Whilst in Paris the artist studied under a contemporary of August Rodin named Antoine Burdelle. Burdelle was painting instructor who had the influence of Surreal art on Giacometii. In Paris he met such artists as Picasso, Joan Miro, and Max Ernst.

The 1930s brought more work for the figure to the artist. He mainly worked with family and friends as models. Some of his favorite models were his brothers and another artist named Isabel Delmer. It was she was the basis for his elongated figures. The artist came about this style by starting and making a basic realistic sculpture of a person then reworking the piece many times over. The end result was more an example of the feelings were going thru his body when he looked at women. Many times he would carve the women with such thin limbs that the arms or legs would just break off, much to his dismay.

In 1958 the artist took on a large commission for the Chase Manhattan Bank. It was to be four large sculptures of women who were standing in various poses. The artist didn’t like the site and eventually abandoned the project.

In 1962 the artist took grand prize at the Venice Biennale, and as a result became even more famous worldwide.

The artist died in 1966 from heart disease.

What a great clip. You can watch Alberto paint a portrait. A master at his canvas!

Check out his some of Giacometti’s sculptures here, as they appeared at an exhibit in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2008. Its fun to see a Surrealist style in three dimensions.

I enjoy this artist for his figure work the most, its fun to see a Surrealist painting be in three dimensions, its why I love looking at the clock sculptures of Dali, you can touch his imagination and its awesome! To compare this artist to someone working in the field today it would be Phillip Jackson. Be noted reader that Jackson is my favorite figure scultpor. His elongated figures have clothes and accessories that make them seem lively, sometimes as if they are dancing.

Price range info: The artist worked in mediums such as pen, bronze, watercolor, etching, lithograph,  and oils. Bronzes have sold for more than 3.5 million dollars. Lithographs can be found for less than one thousand dollars. Etchings can be found for around $600.

Artists working the face and figure….Manuel Neri…

A clip from the San Jose Museum of Art with the artist’s agent talking about Mr. Neri’s work.

The artist was born on April 12, 1930. He has worked with many mediums over his years including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The artist was born to Mexican parents who left Mexico during the Revolution. They took sanctuary in California and Manuel Neri was born in Sanger, California.

Neri started college at San Francisco City College for electronics, but after taking a ceramics class he switched his major to art, and began studying at California College for the Arts and Crafts and the California School for the Fine Arts. Two famous artists the reader might know about instructed the artist in college, Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff.

Interestingly both Bischoff and Diebenkorn started off as realist painters, both went thru an abstract expressionist era, then both returned to the figure. Both artist’s work is loose but structured.

Neri taught ceramics at the California School for the Fine Arts from 1959 to 1965. The artist then was a professor of art at University California at Davis off and on from 1965 until 1990.

He is included in the  Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. , the Denver Art Museum, the El Paso Museum of Art in Texas, the Whitney Museum in New York City and the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii.

Was married to a figure painter named Joan Brown in the 1960s. He had three children that all became artists. His daughter Rubi Neri became known for her graffiti style using the tag “Reminisce.”

In 2006 won a lifetime achievement award for his work in the field of sculpture.

mediums used: watercolor, gouache, oils, charcoal, ink, and sculpture with bronze and plaster and even uses “junk” such as cardboard or burlap

low price range: for paintings and drawings on paper $3000 bronzes start around $5,000

high price range: paintings and works on paper or canvas, $15,000 bronzes go to $70,000    His record is $289,000 for a marble sculpture!

on line and land based galleries:   Robischon Gallery on Wazee St. in Downtown Denver.                              Includes sculpture and paintings for sale.

John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, California.

The artist uses very bright colors when painting his sculptures. He does this to honor artists that  inspired him such as Pablo Picasso, Mariano Marini, as well as Willem De Kooning. He enjoyed the latter’s use of color in expressing himself.

The artist still keeps a residence and studio in Carrera, Italy where he likes to do sculpting with marble.

How about making a loose interpretation of your next figure in a three dimensional medium!

Keep on learning!