Figure Sculpture

I have always found myself drawn to sculpting the human body, whether in a raised hand, or a whole figure.  The figure is both intimate and universal, in the way it conveys intent and emotion, history, injustice, hope, longing or any other combination of thousands of emotions we go through every day as human beings.

I also find that the human form often brings out the strongest reactions from observers.  We quickly relate to figures, whether they are strictly representational or abstract.  We resonate with the silence of the figure, or the position of the hand, or the tilt of the head, because we have been there too.  We see ourselves reflected in the art, sometimes as a matter of hope, or shame, or where we wish we could be, or where we know we will never go back.

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Chuck,

    I saw your artwork today. We spoke briefly. I was the guy asking you if you used photo references. I’m an artist as well, a medical illustrator to be more precise. What you were saying about building up the sculpture from the skeleton was very interesting to me.

    I’m considering setting up a boothe to sell my own work in the future. I’ve wanted to try it for a while but I’ve never actually taken the time to look into it. What has been your experience with selling work at crafts fairs like these? Do you do any other fairs around Atlanta?

    • Hi Santiago!
      I haven’t actually tried to build a sculpture this way yet, but it is an interesting way to learn all the anatomy!

      I have been doing art sales for around three years now. I’ve done around 3 a year, though this year I have started trying to get to more new shows. They are a lot of work! I have the difficulty that my pieces are more high end ($50 to $350), so you have to be a little more picky about the particular about which shows you are in. Of course, small items sell easier! I have been slowly building up my booth — first getting a tent for around $200, small tables, drapes for the tables, and this year around $150 in materials to build the white shelves I used at this sale. Most shows I’ve seen are around $100 to $200 for an entry fee, and run two days. You sort of plan on losing some money at first, but you begin to build a reputation, learn what things people buy, and hone your skills talking with people.

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