Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Coosje van Bruggen

Van Bruggen studied history of art at the University of Gorningen. From 1967 to 1971 she worked at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Until 1976 van Bruggen taught at the Academy for Art and Industries in Enchede. In 1978 Van Bruggen moved to New York, in 1993 she became a United States citizen.

She collaborated extensively with her husband, sculptor Claes Oldenburg, since 1976. They were married in 1977. Together, they designed several large scaled sculptures such as the Inverted Collar and Tie in Frankfurt an Main. Since the early 1980s Van Bruggen worked as an independent critic and curator. In 1982 she was member of the selection committee of the documenta 7 in Kassel. In 1988, her work along with Oldenburg Spoonbridge and tassel was commissioned by the Walker Art Center, and became a permanent fixture of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden as well as an iconic image of the city of Minneapolis. Van Bruggen published books about the early work of Oldenburg, the Guggenheim Bilbao and the works of Bruce Nauman.



Trowel I

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dusty Folwarczny

Dusty Folwarczny is an object maker. Raised in Winfield, Missouri just north of St. Louis she grew up on a large plot of land surrounded by a lake, hills, and woods; providing an early connection with nature and organic forms.

As an artist she attempts to explore the tension between heavy metal and gravity and, in many of her pieces, exposes the raw aesthetic of rust.

She has said this of her work: “When I am creating art, it is important to me that it is approachable and accessible. This is why I prefer to work in public spaces. Part of my sculpting process includes looking at a scrap pile of steel as a puzzle to be solved. I have a part of me that is drawn to making art out of steel. Maybe it is because Dad has the steel company and it worked its way into my subconscious. Maybe I like how incredibly strong the material is. Maybe it’s the raw textured surface or the beautiful oranges in the rust.

Dusty attended Truman State University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Dusty’s work is held in private and corporate collections.




Jo Hormuth

Jo Hormuth was in born Grand Rapids and raised in Rockford. Her involvement in art started at a very early age. Following extensive travel throughout the US and studies at Western Michigan University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Ms. Hormuth found herself back in Michigan in 1978. She enrolled that year at Grand Valley State College and in 1979 was the recipient of the Calder Fine Arts Scholarship. Her studies included a semester at the Slade School of Art in London. After graduating from GVSC she went on to receive her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1983). She has exhibited in Europe, Japan and throughout the U.S.
After completing her graduate studies Ms. Hormuth worked on the restoration of many churches for the Archdiocese of Chicago. A growing interest in restoration and preservation coupled with a lifelong interest in painting materials and techniques led her to found Chicago Architectural Arts in 1984.
An essential aspect of each and every one of Jo Hormuth’s pieces is humor. Humor is the thread that created the web of Hormuth’s body of work. At times, it’s a visual pun, as with Chicago Window; at others it is flat-out weirdness, as withLast Night I Dreamed I Was a Butterfly. If there is a weft to the warp of humor, the weft would be color. Hormuth uses repeating color fields over and over, most directly in the Wink pieces, but manages to draw unique parallels between pieces, such as when Wink and Cabrini are seen next to each other. As John Phillips points out, “She transforms ‘the familiar’ to create situations that become springboards for the viewer to consider many relationships, contradictions and possibilities.”

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Last Night I Dreamed I Was a Butterfly, 1997

Cement Goose and Velvet

Wink II, 2009
cast epoxy, Flashe acrylic

Tower (ten), 2008

cast epoxy, Flashe acrylic

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Dan Stewart-Moore

"I like to look for similarities and differences. It's something I do when I'm looking at physical, social or even metaphorical entities. I explore and then engage in a visual dialogue." 

"For me, this is a bit like exploring a new relationship between a couple. I ask myself what they have in common and what are the differences. Then why - considering the disparities - they still work together. Instead of people, however, I examine ideas and forms."

Bachelor of Arts (Visual) with Honours ANU  2002 - 2005
New Media certificate    1995
Certificate in Media Production and Communications 1994

Friday, April 29, 2011

Gordon Fearey

Weave of Matter
I weave six inch wide strips of painted sheet aluminum into blankets. They would look like blankets, except that I incorporate bicycles in the fabric: threading strips through the spokes and frames introduces bumps and curves in the weave, which become exaggerated as the weaving progresses and turn the fabric into an undulating or three­-dimensional shape.

I feel driven to perform every aspect of this ritual: painting the rolls of primed aluminum without aim, as if I were rain or grass subject to accident; cutting them in strips in my improvised factory; suspending bicycles with wires as if they were my surrogates, traveling in an infinitely far-off galaxy; weaving the metal over, under, over with dull repetition, introducing scratches in the color from wear and tear, but also navigating the obstacles of the bicycles the way a squash vine navigates its way to sunlight.

Each of the phases of building a Weave of Matter piece is decisive, but incremental. It’s the accumulation of decisions that makes the piece, and pushes it beyond my comprehension. The methodical process, which is loaded with accident, relieves me of the responsibility for virtuoso picture-making and allows events to occur that I could not make up.


Weave of Matter
22w x 8h x 12d feet, sheet aluminum, bicycles, acrylic, wire, 2011

Sheet aluminum, bicycle, acrylic, wire, 128w x 134h x 56d inches , 2010

Sheet aluminum, 2 bicycles, acrylic, 12h x 4d x 9h feet, 2011


My earliest training was at Leeds College of Fine Art (1945-48) and the basic discipline of art training was life and particularly antiques drawing. My knowledge of sculpture was exhilarated by visits to the British Museum and actually handling very early Cycladic terracotta figures, simple and direct. It was an inspiring experience I could never forget.

I continued my studies in the British Museum while at the Royal College of Art (1949-51), where I became interested in European contemporary work in sculpture and painting, in addition to the emerging English metal sculpture.

Graduating from the Royal College in 1951, I started experimenting in linear drawing using steel and iron and moving freely between figurative and non-figurative. Figures enclosed within structures or emerging from assemblances, reflect the human predicament both playful and threatening.

I did not set up abstract sculpture in opposition to figurative. A piece of sculpture should be both. Figurative to the extent that it is a represenation of space. The spaces between and around objects and settings are almost as rich as the objects themselves.

Later in my career I became attracted to volume and mass using geometry and colour in welded structures in aluminium and stainless steel.


Robert Clatworthy studied at the West of England College of Art from 1945 to 1946, at Chelsea School of Art, London from 1947 to 1949 and at the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1950 to 1951. He went on to teach at the Royal College of Art, London from 1960 to 1972, and at the West of England College of Art from 1967 to 1971. He was Governor of St Martin’s School of Art from 1970 to 1971, and was Head of the Department of Fine Art at the Central School of Art & Design, London from 1971 to 1975.

Clatworthy was represented by the Hanover Gallery, London during the 1950s, his first solo exhibitions being held there in 1954 and 1956. Subsequent solo shows were held at Waddington Galleries, London (1965), Basil Jacobs Fine Art, London (1972), Royal Academy of Arts, London (Diploma Galleries, 1977) and the Quinton Green Gallery, London (1986). More recently he has exhibited at Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London and at the Keith H Chapman Gallery, which represents him. Among his major public commissions are ‘Bull’ commissioned by the GLC for Roehampton, London and ‘Horseman & Eagle’, originally commissioned for 1 Finsbury Avenue and currently situated at Charing Cross Hospital, London. His work is held in many public and private collections around the world.

Robert Clatworthy RA, Head IV, bronze Clatworthy’s work has also been exhibited regularly in group shows since 1952, including ‘Modern Sculpture’ at the ICA (1955), ‘British Sculpture in the ’60s’ at the Tate Gallery, London (1965), ‘British Sculptors ’72’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (1972) and ‘20th Century British Sculpture’, Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath (1986).

Robert Clatworthy lives and works near Dyfed in Wales.,103,AR.html

Kenneth Armitage

William Kenneth Armitage CBE(b. 18 July 1916, in Leeds, England - d. 22 January 2002 in London, Eng.) was a British sculptor known for his semiabstract bronzes.

[edit] Biography Armitage studied at the Leeds College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art in London before joining the British Army in 1939. Armitage became head of the sculpture department at the Bath Academy of Art in 1946, a year after completing his military service, and served for a decade. In 1952, he held his first one-man show in London. In 1953, he became Great Britain's first university artist in residence, at the University of Leeds (to 1956). In 1958, he won best international sculpture under age 45 at the Venice Biennale. Armitage was made CBE in 1969 and was elected to the Royal Academy in 1994.

[edit] Work Armitage's striking mature style was evident as early as 1952. Most of his works are recognizably human, but are sometimes joined with the forms of animals or furniture. Many displayed quirky humor. Armitage was also interested in Egyptian and Cycladic art and his works have an archaic flavor. He was featured in the 1964 documentary film "5 British Sculptors (Work and Talk)" by American filmmaker Warren Formal.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Anthony Caro

Sir Anthony Alfred Caro, OM, CBE (born 8 March 1924 in New Malden, then in Surrey) is an English abstract sculptor whose work is characterised by assemblies of metal using 'found' industrial objects.
Caro was educated at Charterhouse School and Christ's College, Cambridge, earning a degree in engineering. In 1946, after time in the Royal Navy, he studied sculpture at the Regent Street Polytechnic before pursuing further studies at the Royal Academy Schools from 1947 until 1952.
Anthony Caro found modernism when working as an assistant to Henry Moore in the 1950s. After being introduced to the American sculptor David Smith in the early 1960s, he abandoned his earlier figurative work and started constructing sculptures by welding or bolting together collections of prefabricated metal, such as I-beams, steel plates and meshes. Often the finished piece is then painted in a bold flat colour.
Caro found international success in the late 1950s and for a time was popular in the US. He was also influential as a tutor at St Martins School of Art, now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London inspiring a younger generation of abstract British Sculptors led by his one time assistant Phillip King as well as reaction group including Bruce McLean, Barry Flanagan, Richard Long and Gilbert and George. He and several former students were asked to join the seminal 1966 show at the Jewish Museum in New York entitled, Primary Structures representing the British influence on the "New Art".
Caro taught at Bennington College from 1963 to 1965, along with painter Jules Olitski and sculptor David Smith.
He is often credited with the significant innovation of removing the sculpture from its plinth, although Smith and Brâncuşi had both previously taken steps in the same direction. Caro's sculptures are usually self supporting and sit directly on the floor. In doing so they remove a barrier between the work and the viewer, who is invited to approach and interact with the sculpture from all sides.
In the 1980s, Caro's work changed direction by introducing more literal elements with a series of figures drawn from classical Greece. Latterly he has also attempted large scale installation pieces. One of these large pieces, Sea Music, stands on the quay at Poole in Dorset. To mark his 80th birthday, a retrospective exhibition was organized by the Tate Gallery in 2005. He was knighted in 1987 and received the Order of Merit in May 2000.

Belt, 1985, Steel painted silver and brown, 238 ½ x 155 × 185 ½ cm/ 7ft 4/5 × 5ft 4/5 × 6ft 4/5ins

Black Cover Flat (1974), steel, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Caro's Dream City (1996), rusting steel, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Michail Pirgelis

Michail Pirgelis was born in 1976 in Essen, Germany and raised in Xanthi, Greece. He lives and works in Cologne. In 2010 Pirgelis was the recipient of the Audi Art Award for ‘New Positions’ at Art Cologne and was also awarded the Schloss Ringenberg Stipendium. In 2008 he was the first artist to be presented with the Adolf Loos-Preis by the Van den Valentyn Foundation, Cologne. Solo shows include: ‘Aerotopie’ at Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2006); ‘Akropolis’ at Sprüth Magers, Berlin (2010) and ‘Aeromaritime’ Artothek Cologne (2011). Group exhibitions include: ‘Play’ at the Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf (2005); ‘Schneeweiss’, a joint show with Rosemarie Trockel, at the Rohrmeisterei, Schwerte (2006); ‘Mondi Possibili’ at Sprüth Magers, Cologne (2006); ‘Quattro Stelle’ at the Villa Romana, Florence (2007); ‘Great Expectations’ at ArtLab21, Los Angeles (2008); ‘Saar Förderpreis Junge Kunst 2008’ at Kunstverein Ludwigshafen (2009); ‘Der Westen leuchtet’ at Kunstmuseum Bonn (2010); and ‘Neues Rheinland’ at Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (2010). (website:

Telescope, 2011
original airplane parts (outside shell plate), aluminum, lacquer
262 x 396 x 30 cm

Second Aerialist, 2010
original aeroplane parts/aluminum, abraded
2 parts: 221 x 148 x 17cm and 159 x 265 x 40cm

original aeroplane part (overhead compartment), fabric
3 parts: 320 x 70 x 80cm, 320 x 70 x 80cm, and 270 x 70 x 80cm

Nicole Beck

Nicole Beck is a wonderful sculptor who is based in Chicago. She was educated at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL for her MFA in 1991 through a graduate fellowship, as well as at
Loyola University of Chicago, AB., with a degree in Communications in 1984. Beck also completed undergraduate studies at both the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago and
Purdue University located in West Lafayette, IN.

Nicole Beck's sculptures are mechanisms and contrivances that play with refractions in light, space and time. Her work centers around a holistic approach to art and physics, and is an exploration in perception, growth and interconnectedness.
Beck addresses both the regard for beauty and the laws of quantum physics, and gives form to well-crafted and quirky objects of poetic reflection. Abstracted apparatus and organic forms are juxtaposed as poetic metaphors for archetypes of the flow and balance of energy and life systems.

At the heart of her public works beat the rhythm and beauty of the dynamic systems found in nature and the sciences. Basic geometries balance form with ideas. The elements in her sculpture and installations fuse to create quirky and beautiful poems in space. Large scale public works are her forte. Beck is adept at budgeting, scheduling, fabricating, negotiating and collaborating on projects, and has a degree in communications as well as fine art. She constructs most of her large-scale steel works herself and fully understands fabrication methods.

Beck's repertoire of media mainly include steel and stainless, bronze, wood, glass, and landscaping outdoor public spaces.
She has also been very active in creating collaborative murals and mosaics for public spaces with diverse groups of apprentice artists recruited from the surrounding community. These projects require delving deep into all aspects of the community that can inspire and inform the artwork.

Quantaloop, 2000

Steel and Lenses

Quasarc, 2001

Painted Steel and Lenses

Jetstream, 2004

Painted Steel

Monday, April 25, 2011

Angela Bulloch

Angela Bulloch (born 1966 in Rainy River, Ontario, Canada) is a London and Berlin based sculptor, installation artist and sound artist who is recognised as one of the Young British Artists. She studied at Goldsmiths' College, London (1985–1988) and was included in the Freeze Exhibition, 1988. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997, part of an all-female shortlist that also included Cornelia Parker, Christine Borland and Gillian Wearing (who won the prize that year).

Bulloch has used video, sound and light to explore pre-edited systems. Many of her works make use of biofeedback systems.
Her 1994 work Betaville consisted of a machine painting vertical and horizontal stripes on a wall, triggered whenever someone sat on the bench in front of it.[1]
Angela Bulloch is represented by Simon Lee Gallery, a commercial art gallery, in London.

Angela Bulloch, To the Power of 4., 2005, Secession

Angela Bulloch, To the Power of 4., 2005, Secession

Angela Bulloch, To the Power of 4., 2005, Secession

Andrew Severynko

Andrey Severynko is a vanguard Ukrainian sculptor, born in Kiev, 1968. 

It is not easy to identify the style of Andrew Severynko’s sculptures. On entering his underground studio in an old suburban building of Kiev you submerge into the world of magical voyages similar to those of Captain Nemo’s. You are surrounded by ancient mysterious boats, unique insects, beetles. 
The materials used by Andrey are also out of the ordinary - iron springs, cogwheels, screws, rusty irons, parts of typewriters and umbrellas and other debris, found on the scrapheap of civilization. All these unwanted bits of junk have been given a second life by Andrey’s extraordinary imagination and exceptional talent. Due to the complexity of their structure some of the sculptures take years to be completed.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Jason Houchen

After graduating with a BFA from the University of Missouri, Jason Houchen relocated to Los Angeles where he discovered highly influential classical folk art, street, and a burgeoning pop surrealism art scene. Through his wood burnings, sculptures, mixed media and paintings he has developed a style that coalesce his Midwest influences with these newly found worlds. Described as being full of life and death, spirits and spirituality, history, as well as memories, his work provokes more questions than answers. Jason Houchen is 30 and lives in Chicago, and has also received his MA in art education from Eastern Illinois University and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Electric Guitar
Mixed Media Guitar
36"H x 18"W

Sleepy Tree
Steel and found objects
24"H x 48"W

Steel Tree 1
Steel, Concrete, and Wood(Available at Billy Shire Fine Arts)
72"H x 24"W

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jim Dine

Jim Dine was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1935. He studied at the University of Cincinnati, the Boston Museum School, and in 1957 received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Ohio University. After graduation, he moved to New York City and became involved with a circle of artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, and Roy Lichtenstein.

As an artist, Mr. Dine incorporates images of everyday objects in his artwork, but he diverges from the coldness and impersonal nature of pop art by making works that fuse personal passions and everyday experiences. His repeated use of familiar and personally significant objects, such as a robe, hands, tools, and hearts, is a signature of his art.
In his early work, Mr. Dine created mostly assemblages in which he attached actual objects to his painted canvases, as in Shoes Walking on My Brain (1960). From 1959 to 1960, Mr. Dine also was a pioneer of happenings, works of art that took the form of theatrical events or demonstrations.

In 1967, Jim Dine and his family moved to London, England, where he devoted his energies to printmaking and drawing. When he returned to the United States in 1971, he concentrated on figure drawing. Jim Dine is considered among the most accomplished draftsmen of his generation, and is known for his series of self-portraits and portraits of his wife, Nancy. Mr. Dine's attention turned to sculptural work in the early 1980s when he created sculptures based on the ancient sculpture Venus de Milo. His recent art uses imagery borrowed from ancient Greek, Egyptian, and African objects.

Wheat Fields  1989
Painted bronze with patina and pigment

Two Big Black Hearts  1985

Two Thieves, One Liar  2006
Enamel on Wood

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Jill Underhill

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metal sculpture fabricated steel sculpture

Beautiful Elegant Blue Film Sculpture

Family Grouping Aluminum Garden Sculpture

Friday, April 15, 2011

Calvin Allison

“My work is a blend of classicism and abstraction. Sculpted screen allows me to manipulate light and line with shadow to create illusions.”

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Evergreen State College, Calvin studied in London under the eminent British Sculptor, David Begbie. Begbie introduced him to sculpting in screen and steel, which continues to inspire his ongoing exploration of form, light and line. Calvin has been successfully sculpting using metal screen since 1992.

Calvin’s artwork is all one of a kind, made entirely by hand. Then powder coating gives the sculpture rigidity and permanent tensile integrity. The medium of metal screen is unforgiving, requiring extreme patience, time, dexterity and hand-eye coordination to create each individually signed piece.


steel screen sculpture , 2006
24"H x 12"W
61cm H x 30.5cm W

toe dancer
steel screen female ,powder coated blak,onsteel base
26"H x 9"W
66cm H x 23cm W

appolo's back
steel screen sculpture,2007
24"H x 12"W
61cm H x 30.5cm W