All posts tagged: sculpture

Artists on Instagram

We all know there is a wealth of fantastic images on Instagram but how do you wheedle out the best ones to follow? I’ve found four artists I reckon have pretty darn good Instagram accounts for a bit of daily eye candy. From top left to right: Portuguese artist Bordalo II creates massive sculptures from others unwanted ‘stuff’ and junk, like these two flamingos at a riverbed made for @festivaliminete curated by @vhils. Follow @b0rdalo_ii. Floral artist and creator from Tokyo Yukiko Masudo posts sublime photos of her work and creations, with a theme of moody greys and soft pinks. Peaches get the royal treatment in this one which makes you want to dive in and eat them. Follow @nonihana_. Australian florist Katherine Dorrington’s Instagram also favours pinks and blues and greys plus lots of blossoms and sprinklings of petals. You’d think it was permanently Spring. Follow @katherinedorrington. San Francisco-based Lucy Litman doesn’t usually post mounds of petals but this one got my attention because of its simplicity and, of course, the googly eyes (and it goes with the others …

Interview: David and Etienne | Vintage Aeroplane Upcyclers

Aeroplane enthusiasts and fellow French men based in Sydney, Australia, David Clement and Etienne Proust, have turned their part-time hobby into a fully fledged business where their pieces of restored and upcycled vintage aircraft propellers and aero-furniture are sought after by collectors and designers around the world. They source their parts from original planes from the 1930s to the 1970s and describe their business Propell’art as a place where ‘aviation meets modern art’. Come and meet the aero-upcycling duo and learn more about their passion … Please introduce yourselves – tell us a bit about your backgrounds and how you’ve ended up where you are today. Etienne: I’m French-Australian and have been in Australia for thirteen years, working as head barista in a city coffee shop. I am passionate about classic cars and restore abandoned cars, mostly British cars, Jaguars, MGs etc then sell them or keep them. Dave: I am French born and have been in Australia for eleven years now, working in marketing and strategy for an import and distribution business. I’m also importing …

Interview: Sayaka Ganz | Artist

Japanese-born artist Sayaka Ganz says she grew up with the Shinto animist belief that everything in the world has a spirit. ‘When I see discarded items on the street or thrift store shelves, I feel a deep sadness for them and am moved to make these abandoned objects happy’. And how happy she makes them! Using this philosophy, she has perfected the art of re-imagining basic household plastic items into incredibly life-like and animated animals and birds. Her goal: to ‘recognise the existing aesthetic values of these objects and assemble them in such a way that highlights the beauty and value that are already there but often overlooked’. Come and meet Sayaka … Tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan in 1976. My family moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil when I was nine-years-old and we lived there for almost five years. We went back to Japan when I was thirteen, then moved to Hong Kong when I was seventeen. I graduated from high school in …

Interview: John Lopez | Sculpture Welded Art

Sculptor John Lopez may be an understated ranch boy at heart but his sculptures are anything but. They are big, bold and magnificent, soaring high into the prairie skies of South Dakota where he was born, raised and still resides. After starting out sculpting in bronze, John soon discovered the appeal of scrap metal which he re-purposes from ranches and uses to create, in the main, ginormous, powerful beasts from buffalo to bison, horses and rhinos. The Friesian horse featured at the top was created from the leftover remains of a valuable collection of John Deere tractors that were burnt in a fire. John says, ‘My friend Kenny Tomac and I dug through the ruins to find so many plow discs that the Friesian ended up with eight, giving it a more unified feel than the other horses in the Grand River Series. I used the hames for the muscles in the neck and hind leg, a pitchfork in the neck, steel scoop shovels for the shoulders, and real horse shoes on the hooves.’ The success of …