Mexican hyperrealist sculptor Rubén Orozco has taken over the internet thanks to his talent in creating life-like figures of various characters that have attracted the glances of everybody due to their realism. Among his most important monuments are: the statue of Pope John Paul II in Guadalajara, Jalisco; The statue of Juan José Arreola in Ciudad Guzmán and in the Rotunda of the famous Jalisco people; and the statue of Goddess Themis at the Supreme Court of Justice of Jalisco, among many others.
American artist Jason Briggs creates bizarre ceramic sculptures. The pieces are white skin toned and covered in hair; part of his works appear to be human skin while other portions are distinctly man-made forms like upholstery. Made of porcelain, hair and steel, his handbuilt sculptures seem to resemble the human body in an abstract way with strong sexual references. Despite their grotesque forms, each piece has an endearing name such as ‘Angel’ and ‘Baby’.
“It’s up to you to label them: sculpture, fine art, fine craft, ceramic sculpture, figurative, abstract, surrealism, eroticism, non-traditional, biological, fucked-up, pornographic or, worst of all, decorative.” Jason Briggs
Though his objects contain strong visual references, he is more interested in the implied tactile ones; the things that stir in him a compulsion to touch. Beyond other external inspiration lies this basic, primal impulse. He recognizes – and acst upon – a profound desire to push, poke, squeeze, stroke, caress, and pinch. Briggs intends for his pieces to invoke a similar sort of temptation.
Marc Sijan‘s Superrealistic sculptures are “homages to humanity’s fascination with its own forms – a fascination which has compelled artists throughout the millennia to mirror life in virtually every medium.” Sijan’s figures are incredibly lifelike, sensuous and graceful. In fact, they are so lifelike, they seem always on the verge of movement, a mere instant away from action. The pores in the skin, the tiny hairs, and veins; even the bald spots, the blemishes, the individual shapes of the faces that make human beings so similar, yet so unique: These are the essence of what makes Marc Sijan’s work so arresting.
Sijan, a Milwaukee-based artist, carries on the tradition of a very old form, but his approach is very modern. His realism recalls the work of the Greek sculptors in its bold expression of human energy and poise. But Sijan is not necessarily celebrating the ideal form. His figures are more gritty, more natural — a tribute to real people. Sijan’s work is similar to that of fellow artists Duane Hansen and John DeAndrea, who use lifelike human figures to express elements of the human condition and human relationships. But whereas his colleagues tend to express a kind of static existence, Sijan tries to capture a life force in full swing.
Lucian Freud, one of the most influential painters of his generation and grandson of the famous Sigmund Freud, passed away in his London home on Wednesday after a brief illness. Freud was acclaimed for his figure paintings of nudes. He possessed a remarkable ability to see and represent a highly charged atmosphere around the figure. His work was influential to many. He will certainly be remembered as one of the most important people in contemporary figure painting. RIP Mr. Freud.
Here are some shots of the mural Retna and I just finished for the Margulies collection in Miami during Art Basel as part of Primary Flight. This is now our 4th mural the Wynwood district. As usual, I painted the figure, Retna painted the text. Based on a photo I took in SF a few months back. We basically spent the entire time in Miami battling the weather and working on this thing, but we did get to see a lot of really impressive mural art. Special thanks to Books, Lynn+Chris, Hoekz, Slow, the MSG’s, 33Third, Beats by Dre, and everyone else that made this possible in one way or another…