Friday, January 11, 2013

Five favourite: Steampunk Sculptors

Greg Brotherton
Greg Brotherton creates meticulously detailed sculpture, using steel, wood, glass, concrete and unusual found objects. Greatly inspired by the dystopian and political fiction of the early 20th century, his pieces emerge from Kafkaesque imagery around themes of escape and discovery. Brotherton’s vision is one of lonely isolation in a post-industrial world where one being, tinkering away with silent genius, could become the hope of the future.

Pierre Matter
Pierre Matter works mostly with scrap metal and recycled objects, using welders, plasma cutters, laser cutters and grinders to shape and sculpt. He draws inspiration from the way nature 'is being changed by science, from the hybridisation of humans and animals and machines.'

Tom Banwell
Tom Banwell has no formal art training, and is largely self taught having dabbled in a variety of media over the years, including batik, woodcarving, mixed media art dolls and leatherworking. Creating art in a steampunk genre combines several of his interests—history, costuming, mechanics and fantasy.

Doctor A
Doctor A is one of my all time favourites. His creative process involves defining the biography of each of his characters with sketches or using found objects , with the character evolving as he builds. A few of his influences include Edward Gorey, H.P. Lovecraft, Terry Gilliam and Vivian Stanshall.

Doctor Grordbort
Dr Grordbort is completely genius. Created by Greg Broadmore and the whizz heads at WETA workshop, he is the bastion of society, armourer of the free Earth and inventor of the Infallible Aether Oscillators. They're Rayguns - Wave weapons of various capability and application. I love it so much it hurts.

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