South Africa’s Tony Fredricksson creates driftwood sculptures unlike any I have seen before.
In an interview with Alison Nicholls (Art Inspired by Africa) Fredricksson tells of his earliest memories making art – creating his own little world of plasticine figures.
Yellow Billed Hornbill
As an adult he enjoyed successful endeavors in commercial art, printing and eventually resin castings of animal sculptures (almost 7,000 hand-painted, limited edition sculptures) before he began making driftwood sculptures seven years ago.
I kinda love the whimsical photos of the artist with his work. . .I know you can see the pig, but did you realize that the sax is one of his sculptures too?
“What I have found to be a rewarding part of this kind of sculpture is the exploration and discovery of the weathered pieces of wood.”
Sam Tho Duong’s recycled yogurt container neckpieces are causing quite a stir and I can understand why. . .
The yogurt container before Sam Tho Duong works his magic. . .
lemitcA, the collection made from plastic yogurt containers, combines the discarded plastic with precious stones and pearls, adding interest and value to the forms.
Don’t miss his Frozen collection too – branch-like forms covered with freshwater pearls to mimic ice and snow covered plant life. Spectacular.
I’m not sure what the branch-like forms are made from (metal?) but they are covered with freshwater pearls.
The artist, wearing one of his creations from the lemitcA collection
Duong was born in Vietnam, but his family fled the country when he was a young child. He spent much of his childhood in a German city known for its jewelry industry, surrounded by pearls, jewelry and design.
Mark Oliver grew up surrounded by his father’s collection of electrical and engineering components. Those bits and pieces influenced the artist so much, he now uses a different kind of collection of bits and pieces to create the collaged Litter Bugs shown here.
I love the Gullet Beetle – can you see the recycled vintage tin pieces? Click on the images to see the details.
Oliver, an award winning illustrator for print, television and children’s books, puts a great deal of energy and time into sourcing materials that he transforms into this colorful collection.
Last night I posted a picture on Facebook of my daughter and granddaughter sleeping. The photo was a hit largely because their cat, who was sleeping alongside them, had his paw across the baby holding the baby close to him while he snuggled her back. Very sweet moment.
We do love our animals. And they love us. From time to time I will bring you a bevy of beautiful animals created by artists who share a love of the animal world. We begin this journey with five artists who create animals with recycled materials. Be prepared to say “Wow!”
(ps. you can see the picture of that very sweet moment here)
Andrew Chase uses discarded car and plumbing parts to build robotic animal sculptures that are nothing short of awesome. The elephant’s trunk moves up and down, its ears fan out and move back and forth – heck, it can even stand on its hind legs!
Every animal in his stable is fully articulated. No need to ask who shot these dramatic photos. This serious artist is seriously talented – he is also a photographer.
England’s Dean Patman describes himself as always having been “a little nutty about animals.” He says that early on teachers knew the best way to engage him was to make his learning process about animals (kudos to the teachers for finding a creative way to help a student learn). I’m partial to the lobster – looks like it was made with lobster forks and an old shoe last.
Patman’s insects are equally interesting. . .if I read the description correctly, the Praying Mantis was constructed from old violin parts. Well done.
Nirit Levav does a wonderful job of capturing expression and posture in her dog sculptures with nothing more than clunky old bicycle chains.
A native of France, Marc Sparfel now lives in Spain where he creates wood animals from old furniture. When he moved to Barcelona he was surprised by the amount of furniture abandoned on the streets of the city. Inspired to find a way to salvage the wood, he began to incorporate it into his art. LOVE this menagerie!
Give Pina Macku some old floorboards and a few old tools and she will spin them around into fish, bovine and birds. Her nickname for the sculptures? Agricultural Animals. Works for me.