Acclaimed painter and sculptor Edgar Zuñiga Jimenez creates figurative columns from wood, clay, iron and steel.
The wood columns are carved from antique ceiling beams, adding to their allure.
“I use the column as the base and support of my artistic expression. On the column I develop different formal languages; I position on them sculpted faces or anatomical fragments, especially on wooden columns obtained from old or demolished houses from the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Through them, I am expressing the loss of the collective memory and values.”
While I am most drawn to the reclaimed wood columns with carved faces, his steel columns with clay figures holding up, holding on and holding out speak to me of a quiet power within.
Edgar Zuñiga’s website (where I found most of this information) seems to be having some issues at the moment, but you can see more on his Facebook Page.
Antal Sprok was primarily a cabinet maker with a degree in woodworking design. The artist is now known for creations that are often a cross between sculpture and furniture, reminiscent of fairy tales, fantasy and mythological creatures.
Bold Crow, detail
Sprok at work, via
Antal Sprok’s website
More about the artist and his work here.
Click here to see more pictures that help you understand the size and scale of the pieces pictured above.
Nancy Tuttle’s carved wood sculptures and masks are haunting, powerful, poignant. A fascination with the human body led Tuttle to major in pre-med in college, and her life-long interest in art influenced her decision to minor in art. My guess is that she didn’t know at the time that the two would combine so beautifully in her work as a figurative sculptor.
“When I made the decision to become a professional artist my goal was to create art that would touch the soul and evoke powerful emotion from the viewer. Whatever the medium, the style or the subject matter of a work of art, in the end, intense emotion is always my desired affect and true creation.”
Nancy Tuttle’s website
Looks like she sells her work via eBay