Eva Cocco

"Eva's sculptures are anthropomorphic and otherworldly at the same time. The beauty they radiate is soulful, thought-provoking, evoking a dreamlike experience..." - Sara Ille @iLLEARTS

B 002 Obey - Porcelain 10 x 8 in.

“I am a self-taught sculptor working with ceramics. I chose this material as my medium because I find it extremely fascinating for its very intrinsic quality: It is alive, delicate and it responds to the handmade work with its own memory. Ceramic needs to be understood and is not possible to have complete control over it; it doesn’t bend to the mere caprice of the artist, it directly responds to external climatic changes therefore the result will always be unpredictable.

This behavior so intimately connected with the natural elements, not allowing complete ownership of the material, allowed me to remain humble, meditative and connected with the energy of things that surround me.

My heritage is a main theme in my creative process: I use as reference the corals, the shells and sea-urchins of the Sardinian sea, the unique design of ancient jewelry that still nowadays decorates our traditional costumes. I get inspired by the distinctive shape of the typical sweets of my hometown, Nuoro.”

2019 Android's Dream - Porcelain 13 x 12 in.
027 Corals - Porcelain 10 x 13 in.
004 Lust - Porcelain 19 x 12 in.
000 A Spacetravel - Porcelain 10 x 5 in.

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William Catling

"Using the figure as a vessel for ideas and concepts, the work is about the continual discovery of the true human condition residing deep within the earth and the human form. The art is a blending of the visible and the invisible; Matter and spirit joining. The work of the artist, the alchemy of art."

Patient in the Tragic Gap of Every Moment (Bright Sadness), 2014-2015 - Stoneware with mason stains, steel, found objects and wire 74 x 32 x 48 in.

“Reaching into the freshly cut trench, I pulled out a handful of purple-gray clay and began making a place setting for the scheduled afternoon tea. The sun was warm against my skin on this lazy summer day with a gentle breeze to move the grass and keep us cool. Seated on the ground nearby, my companions were busy shaping their own bowls, cups and teapots. Amid this collaborative adventure rose an aroma that kept our parents away and for which we dubbed the clay "sewer mud." And thus began a tradition that lasted many a summer day.”

American sculptor, William Catling resides in Southern California where he serves as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at Azusa Pacific University. He is the Founder and Director of the non-profit arts organization, Unfolding Moments, where he works with arts, educational and faith communities integrating art through mentorships, lectures and hands-on interactions. With an art and educational career spanning over 30 years, his professional practices began in the San Francisco Bay Area until he relocated to Los Angeles in 1991. He is an active conference speaker and deeply involved in the integration of the arts into the larger community. A dynamic sculptor, Catling’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries both nationally and internationally.

"My work has been impacted by very powerful figurative sculptors such as DeStaebler, Giacometti, Buck, Neri and Olivera. I share with them the tradition of creating art of the human condition through the figure as my life’s work.

In my work I attempt to address the loss of our natural sense of being human, that is our deeply intuitive sense of ourselves. We have become disconnected from the natural rhythms of life. The figures are rough, cracked, aged, reflecting both suffering and the internal capacity to connect to others outside oneself. Such suffering can evoke the viewer's empathy and self-transcendence."

 

Education

Masters of Fine Art from California State University, Fullerton in sculpture

Masters of Art from San Francisco State University in sculpture

Bachelors of Art from San Francisco State University in sculpture and painting

Defender of the Silence, 2017 - Stoneware 78 x 16.5 x 16.5 in.
Anticipation of Endless Tomorrows, 2018 - Bronze and stoneware 28 x 7 x 7 in.
Guardian of the Sacred, 2017 - Stoneware 82 x 16.5 x 16.5 in.
Moving Forward with Less and More (Counter Measures), 2018 - Bronze and stoneware 20.5 x 7 x 9 in.

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Joakim Sederholm

"My focus is on the human experience, on what it feels like to be human. The warmth and kindness within us inspire me. Like us humans, my sculptures have their shortcomings and defects. Patches and stitches hold parts together. By sharing things life becomes easier for everybody. Nobody is perfect…”

Three Little Men - Painted wood

“I was born in Grankulla, a small town in Finland with a Swedish-speaking majority. I live and work in Wessö, Borgå, in the archipelago. The sea and the islands have always been important to me, both as a source of energy and as inspiration. My dearest place in the world is a small island in Kotka.

I have always focused on the human experience, on what it means and feels like to be human, loneliness or togetherness, vulnerability, insufficiency, to be different, diversity and multitude, plurality. The warmth and kindness within us inspire me. My artworks are often built of pieces of wood, they are physical structures constructed to express feelings, experiences and memories through shapes, rhythms and proportions.

Color is also really important in my work. Coloring adds to the character and mood of the figure. My figures often have structures on the surface, like patches and stitches that sometimes hold parts together, like us humans, they have their shortcomings and defects. By showing and sharing, things become easier to bear for everybody. Nobody is perfect...or everybody.”

Yellow Socks - Painted wood 30 cm
Crown - Graphite on paper 42 cm
Little Man - Painted wood 34 cm
Black&White - Painted wood 78 cm

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Derek Morris

"I have always been stimulated by landscapes and certain kinds of architecture, particularly Romanesque and British Arts and Craft. But I am not a copyist and consider myself to be an Abstract/Concrete artist. Geometric form and the increasing use of colour as structure animate my reliefs."

Same Old Pink and Green, 2020 - Mixed media 46 x 38 x 12 cm

Derek Morris was born in 1940 in Birmingham, England, and grew up in an intensely creative family. His father was a craftsman/sculptor, his mother an embroiderer and his sister a silversmith turned jeweler. Derek studied Fine Art at Newcastle upon Tyne University where Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton taught the Basic Course which inspired a number of students to later become abstract artists. He graduated in 1963 with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art. Later, he became a member of staff there for two years and then moved to Norwich, England to take up a post at the Art School.

Derek Morris developed a Degree level Course at Norwich Art School and it became a first-choice college during the 70s and 80s. In the late 80s, he set up a ceramics facility for the sculpture school which inspired him to work in Ceramics for ten years.

"My sculptural language was developed strongly during these years, and I retired from teaching in 1990 in order to pursue my career as a sculptor."

In 1999, Morris became President of the Royal Society of Sculptors, a prestigious body founded in 1904 and based in Kensington, London. He was in post for five years and considerably modernized the Society, encouraging younger members to join. He remains a member and has been actively engaged until the present.

Morris has also been active in the art community in Norwich and is currently a Trustee of the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society which promotes new art and artists in the region. He has worked steadily through these years and exhibited in London and East Anglia.

"I remain deeply enthusiastic about both sculpture and painting and gain sustenance from both in these troubled times."

Landscape with River, 2020 - Mixed media 60 x 45 x 7 cm
Seven Colour Construction, 2020 - Mixed media 43 x 48 x 15 cm
Pink and Orange Gradations, 2019 - Mixed media 70 x 28 x 10 cm
Red and Blues, 2019 - Mixed media 86 x 37 x 9 cm

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Jan Sweeney

"I want my sculptures to catch the essence of the animals that I sculpt in the wild. The movement, the energy, the untamed strengthened power, always ready to explode into flight; this excites me."

“Dyslexia ruled my youth! After I was kicked out of school at 14, as being unteachable,  I rode horses and learned to repair antique English pottery and porcelain yet an allergy to solvents stopped that. So I went to Zimbabwe to teach myself to sculpt in 1989. Zim changed my life, I canoed down the Zambezi and slept on the river bank. I camped in the bush, lion huffed thru the night, elephant roamed, and cheetah ran! I was hooked, I wanted to sculpt all this energy. I started to use wax and made 3 cheetahs, I took them to a gallery in Joburg who said I should cast them in bronze so that was that.

I used two foundries in Joburg, staying there and working in the foundry on my work and others. I learned so much I set up my own foundry on a friend's farm, and with the help of one worker, Killion, we cast for more than ten years. Unfortunately, hyperinflation put a stop to that I cast in Wales or Birmingham now but still spend 4 months a year in my other home."


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Elena Saracino

"My sculptures investigate an inner world veiled in symbolic metaphors. I look for pure and essential forms aided by the intrinsic light of the natural material which varies from marble to stone of various colors and hardness. Art for me must speak to the soul through a simple and immediate message."

Spinning Top - Guatemala marble 23 x 23 x 21 cm

Italian sculptor, Elena Saracino was born in Udine, in 1976. She graduated from the Belle Arti Academy of Carrara in Italy in 2008 with a specialization in Sculpture. Since 2006, Saracino actively exhibits collectively as well as participates in sculpture competitions and symposiums in Italy and abroad. In 2014, she spent a month in Mexico, taking courses in marble techniques at the Museum of the City of Queretaro. Elena Saracino currently resides in Carrara where she continues her research in the field of outdoor sculpture and site-specific work.

Symbiosis - Bardiglio marble 25 x 60 x 29 cm
Eternal Rebirth - Black Belgian marble 10,5 x 22 x 22 cm
A Universe - Black Belgian marble 22 x 11 x 20 cm
Gravity - Black Belgian marble 9 x 11 x 11 cm

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Ken Jones

"My dreams constantly influence my work, so I don't always get a lot of sleep."

Moto Mojo - Aluminum, 20 x 6 x 5 in.

"A long career in the sign and graphic industry, mixed with a passion for cars and music has led me on a new journey of digital art and sculptures. Wielding a “digital paintbrush”, the skills of visual design became the foundation for expression of artistic inspiration in this modern medium."

Dancer #2 - Aluminum with patina 24 x 18 x 6 in.
Enchanted - Aluminum and patina 60 x 28 x 10 in.
BB King 3D - Dimensional wall art 16 x 20 x 2 in.
Cubitz 2.4 - Sculpture 44 x 20 x 8 in.
Floral Symphony 84 x 36 x 19 in.
BalleChello - Aluminum and copper patina 24 x 16 x 6 in.
New Life Emerging - Sculpture 24 x 10 x 7 in.
Jimi Hendrix - Dimensional wall art 16 x 20 x 2 in.
TwoToms - Dimensional wall art 24 x 36 x 3 in.

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Anne Felicie Nickels

“I’m so thankful that life has given me the opportunity to express myself through art.”

Öresund - Fused glass 44 x 22 cm

Self-taught, Swedish Artist, Anne Felicie Nickels was born in 1964 in Malmö and today she lives and works in Hunneberga, county of Skåne. Her artistic career began in 2016 and she has since participated in over 20 group shows including 10 selected by a jury or balloting committee. Her work has been exhibited both in Sweden and other European countries.

Nickels' work belongs to private collectors in Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom. Her art has also been purchased by several art associations in Sweden. She has permanent or temporary contracts with art galleries within Europe and is previously published in a number of books and magazines around the world.

Her primary technique is warm glass sculpturing and she also produces interdisciplinary work with digital media; projecting giclée fine art prints on the wall.

Exploring and learning have always been a major inspiration for Anne. A fascination with science of all kinds informs her work, which employs the following main themes: cultural heritage and the depiction of life on our planet. Central motifs are faces and eyes to invite the viewer to meet the soul behind the subject.

Gäddius blomsteri - Fused glass 59 x 23 cm
Sjötungis Plattisplate - Giclée print 42 x 29 cm
Human Enlightenment 'Pandemic' - Fused glass 25 x 17 cm
Spätticus - Giclée print 50 x 70 cm

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Robert E Gigliotti

"Art is a spiritual practice. The goal of the art I do is to demonstrate that "ALL IS ONE." Beyond being interconnected we are literally ONE. I get my inspiration from non-dual spiritual practices such as Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta."

Jazzman - Cast bronze on granite base 8.5 x 8 x 6 in.

American artist, Robert E. Gigliotti was born in Utah in 1947. He went to parochial school where the only path was college prep. In 1965 he headed off to the University of San Francisco for undergraduate studies and earned a degree in sociology.

"What do you do with a degree in sociology? You go to graduate school." So Robert went on to the University of Victoria to work on a Master's degree. Deep inside he “knew” that he wanted to create but didn’t know what or how. Somehow he latched onto photography and decided to quit grad school in favor of art school.

He went to Oregon State University to study photography and, with great trepidation, took a bronze sculpture class as an elective. Robert fell in love with it. He had found his path to creativity. The following year Robert transferred to the University of Oregon where, in 1976, he earned a Master's degree in art education. Robert has been sculpting ever since and loves to create figurative bronzes with symbolic twists and turns. His art derives a lot of inspiration from mythology and various spiritual paths. He refers to some of his newest work as “visual koan” from Zen practice.

Rower - Cast bronze on granite base 7 x 13 x 7 in.
Beyond Samsara - Cast bronze on granite base 23 x 6 x 7 in.
Rocked in the Deep - Cast bronze 5.25 x 15 x 6 in.
Into the Mystic - Cast bronze on granite base 18 x 15 x 6 in.

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IHARA

“My goal is to create a harmonious relationship between nature and artifact. By combining these two conflicting factors, we can remove nature (living organic matter) and non-natural boundaries.”

Moku-renma - Wood 10 x 7 x 8 m

Japanese sculptor, IHARA was born in 1943 and has been awarded at the Nika exhibit (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) every year between 1967-74. In 1976 he became an Honorary Member of Japan Flower Arrangement Foundation. In 1986 he built a sculpture at Misawa Gate Riverside Park in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture and in 1989 3 of his sculptures were built on the main street of Kagawa Bridge station in Hyogo ken. Ihara’s has been commissioned numerous public sculptures in Japan as well as in the USA where he has exhibited many times and received awards.

1957 Former professor of Tenpo Misho-ryukado
School(Japanese traditional art)
1967-74 He is awarded the Nika exhibition (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) every year.
1973 (The Imperial Highness Princess Takamatsu of the Imperial Family) Appointed as a special member of the Japan Ikebana Art Association
1980 Jodo Buddhism Seizan Zenrinji Buddhism Academy(Obtained
qualifications as a solemn teacher, a cloth teacher and a cultural member)
1967-74 He is awarded the Nika exhibition (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) every year.
1972 Hyogo Prefectural Contemporary Art Museum Award Winner Awarded Tokyo Art Museum Special Award.
1973 Japan Flower Arrangement Special Member . 
1989 Three sculptures were built on the main street of Kagawa Bridge station in Hyogo ken.
1991 I built a sculpture of Sho-en Sculpture Center 10 in San Diego, California.
1992 The artwork was nominated for the exhibition and won the French Maubeugeu City Art Contest.
1995 Lithuania World Sculpture Symposium. One of the sculptures exhibited permanently at the European Central Art Museum in Lithuania.
1996 I built a sculpture in Nakao Park in Akashi City Hyogo Prefecture.
1998 I built three sculptures (permanent collection) in the Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park in Chicago. the year of 2000
2001 Traveling Exhibition II "Tree of Origin" at the entrance of Center for horticulture in Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture.
Exhibition at Takashimaya Kyoto department store in Kyoto.
Traveling Exhibition "Tree of Origin" at the entrance of Osaka Museum of History, and Japan Broadcasting Cooperation, Osaka station (NHK) in Osaka.
2005 Erected 12 Sculptures of Soul Object in Okura Akashi Coast in Hyogo Prefecture.
2006 Erected a Sculpture in Kakogawa Kanno Park in Hyogo Prefecture.
2007 I built sculptures at Himeji Awa Park in Hyogo Prefecture .
2019 Moku-Renma(kigumi)was selected for an Honorable Mention Award.

En-en 2 - Wood 10 x 50 x 2 m
En-gi - Wood 8 x 18 x 4.5 m
Moku-renma - Wood 10 x 7 x 8 m
En-en - Wood 10 x 50 x 2 m

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