The character heads of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt continue to puzzle the experts, even after 234 years’ of his death. Numerous analysts, historians and scientists tried to explain the inspirations behind the grotesque figureheads that the sculptor is famous for.
Ben Foster developed a deep appreciation of the natural surroundings from an early age. It figures prominently in his metal sculptures, the geometric nature of which intrigues many. Today, the sculptor from New Zealand is going to share with you the stories of his early childhood, his growing passion for art, the motivations behind his artworks and more. Enjoy!
Terracotta art and architecture reached unprecedented heights in 16th century Bengal. The devotional movement then sweeping over the region, opened floodgates of creativity. Sacred and civilian buildings, made of baked clay bricks and decorated with extravagant motifs, were set up to showcase the resurgent innovative spirits of the artists and craftsmen. Monumental structures were designed by the architects using innovative techniques that managed to defy the fragility of terracotta structures. Even five hundred years on, the remains of these historical edifices overwhelm us with their beauty and intricacy. What was the essence of terracotta art? And, how did the artists manage to create such timeless pieces of work?
Brad Spencer is a forerunner among the artists who explored the potential of creating brick sculptures in recent times. In fact, he dedicated three decades of his life to perfecting his skills at this not–so–usual–art form. Due to the nature of the work, brick sculptures are particularly suited for public art projects. Many prominent landmarks of Reidsville, North Carolina, where the artist lives, and beyond are now adorned with Brad’s sculptural essays. The visual lyricism of his art is self-evident.
Extensive travels with his family from early childhood instilled in Emil Alzamora an appreciation of the humankind beyond national boundaries and personal identities. This early realisation finds its formal expression in his sculptures. With a gradual stripping away of the identifiable features, the sculptures are left with the qualities that matter – qualities as perceived […]