Andreas Futter

A notable component in the sculptures of Andreas Futter is the struggle with the forces of gravity and the endeavour for equilibrium. The artist plays with instability and stability, that elemental demand on each corporeal-sculptural formation, which no sculptor can escape from.

Foresight - Bronze H 320 cm

German sculptor Andreas Futter was born in 1969 in Hechingen. Between 1990-6, Andreas studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart with Professors Peter Grau and Horst Bachmayer and took a specialized class in Painting and Graphic Art with Prof. Paul-Uwe Dreyer. He extended his study in Art and Interdisciplinary Design with Prof. Sotirios Michou (1996-8). Andreas Futter has been working as a freelance artist since 1998 with numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad. His works are in various private and public collections.

 

Select Awards 

 2002-2005  Studio grant from the state of Baden-Württemberg

2006     1st prize sculpture park Sonnenwald / Germany

2015     Prize of the jury, Arte Binningen/ Switzerland

2018     Artstages Award, Freiburg-Tiengen

2019     Prize for sculpture, Messe Bad Bellingen

2021     Palm Art Award,  WikiArticon Prize

Jumper - Bronze H 38 cm
Stilt Walkers - Bronze H 550 cm and 650 cm
Rise - Bronze H 40 cm
King of the Rose - Bronze H 67 cm

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Tom Ashbourne SSC SCA OSA

"Negative spaces. My sculptures encourage intimate conversations with each viewer the different aspects of each sculpture."

Tommy - Bronze 38 x 20,5 x 13 cm

Tom Ashbourne is the only artist currently an Elected Member in three of Canada’s most prestigious professional artists’ societies

Sculptors Society of Canada (SSC)

Society of Canadian Artists (SCA)

Ontario Society of Artists (OSA)

 

Select Recent Awards

2022 Top 60 Masters” | ATIM.com

2022 “30 Best Artists of 2020” | DESTIG.net

2021 “World’s Best Non-Representational Sculptor” |American Art Awards

2021 “Artists to Collect in 2021”|World Biz Magazine Luxury Collection Guide

2021 Florence  Biennale (Italy)

2021 London Biennale (UK) 

2021 “County Artist, County Art” 2021, Parrott Gallery, solo show

2021 “Certificate of Excellence” 2021 | Circle Quarterly magazine

2021 “Honourable Mention” 2021 Contemporary Art Curator magazine & Quinte Arts

 

Feature Articles

Watershed magazine | DESTIG magazine | Spotlight magazine | ATIM magazine | Enroute | Contemporary Art Curator

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Spring - Translucent alabaster, gilt, glass, granite 38 x 20,5 x 15 cm
Ulrich - Raspberry wonderstone, glass, granite 38 x 28 x 18 cm
Eis - Translucent alabaster, granite 33 x 20.5 x 18 cm
Energy & Light - Bronze 91.5 x 20.5 x 20.5 cm

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Lotta Blanking

"For me, it is the combination of colours and shapes that catch my attention and inspires me, especially the faded and chalky colors - like sun bleached driftwood, rusty metal and worn fabrics."

Fantasy Drift Deer - Glued driftwood, painted metal and fur 34 x 36 x 11,5 cm

“I’m a self-taught artist, working from a home-based studio in Malmö, Sweden. Creativity has always been essential in my life. My artwork is about playing with the unexpected, something old, something new and at the same time with softness to create new contexts. In my paintings, I use different media, such as charcoal, watercolour, acrylic, collage and in my sculpting, I use driftwood and other interesting findings. My sculptures are mostly inspired by Wabi-Sabi philosophy, where the beauty of natural patina and aging is seen as something to appreciate and love.

I believe that art is everywhere, one just has to learn to see and appreciate it. It is just a couple of years ago that I started putting the pieces together forming sculptures. It all started with my mother passing away suddenly and unexpectedly. I was seeking inner peace and found sculpting was meditative and healing. It also made me decide that life is too short not to do what I love the most: art!

Since then I have been participating in various exhibitions. I have also been selected for a few juried venues as well. I am most proud of having participated in the most prominent Swedish yearly exhibition at Liljevalchs in Stockholm.”

 

Select Juried Shows

06/2022 Nordic Art Agency Gallery, Malmö

03/2022 ArtÖresund / Ödåkra Konsthall, Helsingborg

02/2022  Liljevalchs Vårsalong 2022, Stockholm

03/2020  ArtÖresund / Ödåkra Konsthall, Helsingborg

 

Select Solo Shows

06/2022 Venkat Hair, Västra Hamnen, Malmö

06/2022 Kommunhuset i Vellinge

05/2002 Burlöv Konstklubb, Arlöv

10/2020  Kafé Limhamn, Malmö

 

Select Group Shows

06/2021 Galleri Engleson i Foteviken, Vellinge

 

Virtual Shows

03/2020 The Holy Art Gallery, London

04/2020 Konstrundan Online

 

Publications

08/2022 The European Art Guide 2022

09/2021 The Nordic Art Guide 2021/22

 

Awards

06/2022 Award of Excellence - Circle Foundation

Drift Reindeer - Glued driftwood and fur 25 x 27 x 14 cm
Proud of my Antlers Drift - Glued driftwood and linen thread on MDF 22 x 25 x 9 cm
Blue Drift Bird - Glued driftwood, linen thread, metal and concrete 25 x 28 x 7 cm
Drift Lemon Tree - Glued driftwood and plastic clay 49 x 22 x 25 cm

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Jan Williams

"A large proportion of the population where l live is overweight. In a non-derogative way, l like to use their formal qualities to create personalities and use their shapes as a language in expressing a variety of ideas from the natural and the human world, sometimes, portraying people l know."

Dark - Polyester-fibreglass 35 x 20 x 20 cm

Jan Williams is a sculptor born 1958 in New Zealand, who lives and works in Brisbane, Australia. From 1985 to 2015, Williams worked at the Queensland Museum's exhibition construction workshops as a technician/sculptor. The sculpting there included building dioramas and modelling/building zoological specimens from small frogs to lifesize Humpback whales. The workshops' ubiquitous medium of polyester-fibreglass became his own favored medium. Jan has been a member of Sculptors Queensland for much of that time, exhibiting frequently in joint and group exhibitions. Most of his sculpture has been figurative, inspired by sculptors like Maillol, Giacometti, Brancusi and in the last few years by prehistoric art as well.

Iron lady 5 - Iron, polyester-fibreglass 38 x 20 x 20 cm
Iron lady 4 - Iron, polyester-fibreglass 40 x 20 x 20 cm
Coffee table sculpture 2 - Coffee, polyester-fibreglass 42 x 18 x 18 cm
Wide poet  - Iron, polyester-fibreglass 43 x 50 x 15 cm

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Craig Robb

I use my art as a means to express my thoughts and opinions of the world as I see it."
“Dreams ever different, ever-varied, endless voyages, endless realms, ever strange, ever wonderful.”
– Joseph Cornell
The Day - Wood, acrylic, dried paint, LED lights 16 x 15 x 8 in.

"It was never my intention to become an artist. Having two brothers in the arts and watching their struggles, I logically opted out of the field and pursued other endeavors. Seeking a change in my life, I returned to University and happened upon a teacher who saw within me my potential and encouraged it. After much resistance, I succumbed.

My objective as an artist, on a base level, is to create an object of beauty that is pleasing to the eye yet has a depth to it that makes one think about what they are seeing. I use wood, steel and objects to create metaphorical vistas that contain messages within them that are relevant to my beliefs and viewpoints. Yet by using objects that are laden with content or symbolism, I have come to understand that not everybody sees things the same way I do. When I present these different objects, people come to my work with different histories and stories that are relevant to them and these items. I rely heavily on this in hopes that they create their own story or statement with each piece to make it relevant to them.

Within these sculptures, I include houses, chairs, and other objects that, with their inherent symbolism, develop metaphors about issues that are important to me. Many of my ideas stem from a fascination with how things are connected, both literally and figuratively. The combination of wood and curved steel are utilized as both compositional elements and to create spaces for these objects to reside.

I have always been interested in how objects function within a given space, how they occupy it and the relationships created with the other objects in that space. Because of the broad range of symbolism, these sculptures can speak on many different levels and to many different people."

American sculptor, Craig Robb is based in Englewood. He earned his BFA in Sculpture in 1994 at the University of Colorado, Denver.

The Curious Joy of Twilight - Wood, steel, light bulb, acrylic 18 x 12 x 6 in.
The Philosopher - Wood, steel, glass, clock part 20 x 17 x 9 in.
Pear in Time - Wood, steel, acrylic 50 x 22 x 9 in.
A Trace of What Was - Wood, steel, resin, cast iron, stone 24 x 18 x 6 in.

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Anat Perl

"It is important for me to provoke a response of any kind in the observer. It is important for me to express myself through art and it is also important for me to bring beauty and aesthetics as I see it.”

Star of David hammered and shiny Mezuzah - Stone, glass, metal 25 x 12 cm 31 x 15 cm

"I am a multidisciplinary artist and involved in every type of art that interests me. For me, art is a necessity, just like eating and drinking. Art is a way of life. For as long as I can remember I have been involved in art in all its forms. From music, to dance and fine art.  From a very young age I have been involved and experienced almost every kind of art, from music and dance to fine arts. I studied visual arts and graphic design in high school and worked as a graphic designer for several years in different places and developed my own language to create and to express myself. I am a graduate of Bar-Ilan University in the Social Sciences. I also studied musicology there. I continued my exploration of arts in Kenya, where I specialized in music, drumming, and dancing. In Cuba, I was a student of the history of Cuban music, which included drumming, percussion, and dancing. Throughout this time, I have always been involved in fine arts.

In 2014 I started the "Blessing Stones art project". The idea behind this project was to create art that is identified with Israel. The "Mezuzah" is a clear symbol of the Jewish and Israeli home so the mezuzah was chosen to be represented in the project. 

I chose to work with materials that are usually not used to seeing them together like stone and pure silver or concrete and pure gold, among other materials. I love working with contrasts and this is well reflected in my art.

I am inspired by simply anything, in most cases nature, and different landscapes, by animals and plants; even dance movements can affect certain contours I design. Music inspires my work. And of course, works by other artists are inspiring.

It is important for me to provoke a response of any kind in the observer. It is important for me to express myself through art and it is also important for me to bring beauty and aesthetics as I see it.”

Star of David rounded lines Mezuzah - Stone, glass, metal 25 x 10 cm
Harp of David Mezuzah - Stone, glass, metal 31 x 15 cm
Illuminated spoon Mezuzah - Stone, glass, iron 70 x 35 cm
Triangle and lines Star of David Mezuzah - Concrete, glass, metal 31 x 15 cm

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Ken Macklin

"By combining and arranging materials, I build visually rich, often playful sculpture. I am inspired by nature; the trees, roots, fields, hills, forests, and land surrounding my studio in northwestern Canada. I continually strive to speak to the viewer on both an emotional and aesthetic level."

Morning Voice - Terracotta, magnesium dioxide, painted wood 18.75 x 11.5 x 9.5 in. with base

Ken Macklin is one of several constructivist sculptors who emerged in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada during the 1980s. His use of mixed media and his use of colour have charted new territory for his art. In Macklin's sculpture, materials are used as language, as writing, as personal narrative. Macklin has exhibited nationally and internationally and his sculptures can be found in public and private collections in Canada, United States, Europe and China.

 

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta

Advanced Sculpture diploma from St. Martins School of Art, London, England

Perhaps in Paris - Terracotta, magnesium dioxide, painted wood 13 x 11.50 x 12 in. with base
Chiron - Terracotta, magnesium dioxide, painted wood 18.5 x 6.75 x 6.25 in. with base
Bird Song - Terracotta, magnesium dioxide, painted wood 13.25 x 7.75 x 6.50 in. with base
Half Site - Terracotta, magnesium dioxide, painted wood 9.75 x 6.5 x 7.75 in. with base

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Christina Ellis

"My work is the recognition that we all want to be seen for who we are; our idiosyncrasies and our humanness. The great thing about cement is that as a medium, it's messy and hard to predict... Just like human beings."

Frank - Hand-sculpted concrete 14 x 13.5 x 6.5 in.

Christina Ellis began her art career in the commercial art arena as an illustrator and art director for clients such as the University of California, Raytheon, as well as ad agencies and publishers. Wanting to focus more on fine art, she went back to study sculpture from 1989 to 1990, under Ken Gray at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she showed her work in a number of student shows and the “No Big Heads” show.

In 2007, Ellis opened an art school in Medford, Oregon, in response to the lack of funding and opportunities for children and adults interested in exploring the arts. Through the years, she has painted in acrylics and oil, but mostly enjoys the challenge and immersive experience of sculpting in concrete. She currently lives and works in Astoria, Oregon.

Wanda - Hand-sculpted concrete 14 x 9.5 x 6.5 in.
Ben - Hand-sculpted concrete 15.5 x 12.5 x 6.5 in.
Kincaid - Hand-sculpted concrete 15 x 12.5 x 6.5 in.
Enid - Hand-sculpted concrete 15.5 x 9 x 6.5 in.

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Jan Williams

Born 1958, New Zealand

Lives in: Brisbane, Australia

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The artist at work

"My art is like a drug, I create art because I need to create art. My favourite artists are works by Mailloil, Giacometti, Brancusi and...... Paleolithic art."

What themes does your work involve?
"Most of my art is figurative and since about 2010 has focused on large body forms. A fairly large proportion of the population where I live, is overweight, so in a politically incorrect way (not derogatively) I like to use their their formal qualities, creating personalities and using them in a language portraying a variety of ideas, explained in their titles..Their titles are important, like 'Night', 'Black weather', Life at the cafe' 'Symphonic etc..."
Describe your creative process.
My initial inspiration can come from looking and working from other artists ideas, or just observing life on public transport for example. The thought process is usually quite slow, turning over in my head for a long time. Once I've begun modelling in plastercine, the process is still slow, changing, sometimes restarting and fine tuning forever. Eventually I consider it complete, and mostly it will still be based on the origional idea. The plastercine piece will be plaster waste molded. A mix of polyester-fibreglass mixed with powdered iron is then painted into the mold. When finished, it will be soaked in salty water until a rust patina is established, then dried and sealed. Earlier work is made with just a simple pigmented polyester fibreglass mix.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I became an artist naturally, because most of my family are artists or otherwise connected to the visual arts. I'm inspired by the people who live around me. Actually, I'm inspired by all sorts of things from the natural and human world, anything that can be expressed using the human body format.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
What is great art is indeed difficult to define. Great art can be intriguing, smart, inventive, dynamic or introverted...I don't know if I can define it, but I think I would recognize it without being told it is great art.
What is the role of the artist today?
I'm not really concerned with the role of the artist today, I create my art for myself only.
Life at the Cafe - Polyester, Coffee, fibreglass 50 x 50 x 120 cm
Iron lady 3 - Polyester-iron-fibreglass 40 x 15 x 15 cm
Iron lady 2 - Polyester-iron-fibreglass 40 x 15 x 15 cm

 


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Oleg Lobykin

Born 1966, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Lives in: East Palo Alto, California, USA

Describe your art in 3 words: Abstract, bold, ambitious

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The Head of AI (frontal view) - 55 x 26 x 26 cm

"Observing the natural world and mystery of transformation inspires me. My work depicts an ongoing search for the origins of form and exploration of portals to other dimensions. Shifting realities is a recurring theme in this work, as are transformation and challenging perception. Ideas that are thought-provoking, impactful, and engaging take form in the visible realm."

What themes does your work involve?
The existence of one essential particle of matter can amaze us with its pure aesthetic pleasure. It represents the basic urge to create, linking the metaphysical world to the physical form or sculpture. My work is a search of origins of form to exploring other dimensions.
Describe your creative process.
Sometimes one work leads to next one and can become a series of sculptures. Sometimes an idea is looking for a shape and release. It can start as a small model and transformed to a larger scale as public art.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
The time that we live in. Everything is going fast. I want to reflect this in my work. Nature is endless source of inspiration. My art is my contribution to society.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
If art makes you feel or think it's good enough already. Great art is same just add to it "WOW"...
What is the role of the artist today?
Making art moves and exciting. Art has unique language that doesn't need translation and makes us human.
The Head of AI (profile view) - 55 x 26 x 26 cm
Meta Girl (detail) - Stainless steel 235 x 102 x 102 cm
Meta Girl (back view) - Stainless steel 235 x 102 x 102 cm
Meta Girl (3/4 view) - Stainless steel 235 x 102 x 102 cm

 


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