Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sculptors Inspired by Spiritual Connection Between Human and Animal Spirit Worlds

Hib Sabin was born in Baltimore in 1935 presently lives in New Mexico. After he earned BFA in Studio Art and Art History at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, he taught art history at a number of institutions until 1970.

Sabin is a student of shamanism which largely influences his work. His work explores the spiritual connection between the human and animal spirit worlds often featuring owls, wolves, ravens, bears, coyotes and eagles into his pieces. He uses juniper wood to carve animal spirit bowls, spirit canoes, sculptors, and shamanistic masks.

“I am very interested in mythology and spirit. When I say “spirit,” I mean the spirit of nature. I’m basically looking, from either an aesthetic point of view or a ritual point of view, for these objects to reach into the heart of nature. What I try to do is imbue these critters, these power animals, these animal spirits, which are like an alter ego, with this spiritual energy.”

He has done many solo exhibitions all over the country. His work has been featured in Southwest Art magazine and has been displayed by the Port of Seattle at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport. He is currently represented by galleries in Connecticut, Colorado, Vermont, New Mexico, New York, Washington State, Arizona and Mockingbird Gallery in Bend, Oregon.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Artist Captures the Movements and Freedom of Birds in Paintings

Nadine Dudek is a watercolor artist born in Melbourne and grew up in Canberra. In 2015, she left her 20 year career to pursue her decision to paint as a full-time artist. She has a great passion for wildlife particularly for birds. She uses watercolors as a primary medium in her paintings, and developed a unique fluid style to capture the movement of the subjects she paints.

"For me the most rewarding paintings are those with the fewest strokes, created with a minimalistic approach."

She has participated in several solo exhibitions and has won many awards including People's Choice Award 'Before the Dance', watercolour at Marysville Art Show 2018, and Highly Commended 'Duet', watercolour at Whitehorse Art Show 2018. You can find art prints of her originals in her online store. To know what's she working on currently and announcements related to upcoming events join her on Instagram.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Life-like Sculptures Made With Discarded Metal

David Groenjes is an artist based in Freedom, Wisconsin. He hand makes amazing life-like sculptures inspired by nature using salvaged and discarded metal. The sculptures of owl, deer, frog, squirrel, bison, hedgehog and more are constructed with discarded sheared sheet metal, recycled steel rods, tubing, flat stock, and other automotive parts.

You can follow his progress and get updates on new pieces on Instagram. To get your hands on his one-of-a-kind sculpture go to his online store.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Russian Artist Creates Realistic Animal Sculptures


Irina Shcherbakova of Iren Toys is a fiber artist based in Russia who has been making toys since 2012. She studied art in school and later in a university. She makes her own patterns to form animals shapes with natural materials, the body is made of a wire frame to which the head is reinforced. she hand-paints the glass eyes to bring the sculptures to life. Some of her sculptures have movable limbs and bendable head.

I first saw her creations on Instagram where she shares her new sculptures and their process with photos behind the scenes. Her owl, otter, sloth, bear, monkey, bat, and rabbit look so real; one easily can confuse.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Digital Animals and People Look Like Paper Sculptures by Maxim Shkret

Russian illustrator Maxim Shkret creates 3d sculptures of animals and people. His artwork is a wonderful mix of unique 3d modeling with carefully applied shadows and light that make it look like something sculpted out of paper. He uses tools like Autodesk 3ds Max, Vray, Corona Renderer, Pixologic Zbrush, and Wacom Intuos to create flowing furs, ridged scales, and intertwined hair.

The inspiration for his work comes from social roles, hunger, stubbornness in pursuing life goals, errors in anthropological and cultural definitions, and real life experience. “My series serves [as] a time machine for me. It can take me to the retrospective of my thoughts, findings, and delusions,” Shkret shares here. You can join him on Instagram to see more of his work.