In a unique collaboration, artist Matthew James Collins and Maestro Fabrizio Cipriani will be offering a series of courses for sculpture, repoussé and metal chasing. Lessons will be held in the Collins’ historic 19th century studio, once the home of the Florentine master Michele Gordigiani.
Modelling the figure and portrait are available. The metalsmithing classes will introduce the student to the materials and techniques of the venerable art of metal working. Students of all levels are welcome.
In una collaborazione unica, l’artista Matthew James Collins e il Maestro Fabrizio Cipriani offriranno una serie di corsi per scultura, repoussé e cesello. Le lezioni si terranno nello storico studio del XIX secolo di Collins, un tempo dimora del maestro fiorentino Michele Gordigiani.
Sono disponibili lezioni per modellare la figura e il ritratto. Le lezioni di repoussé e cesello introdurranno lo studente ai materiali e alle tecniche della venerabile arte della lavorazione dei metalli. Gli studenti di tutti i livelli sono ben accetti.
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From December 1st until the 15th, I will be holding a Christmas studio sale on the site. The available items are listed in the gallery below. Free national and international shipping until the 20th. Please click on the images below to learn more.
Here is a better video walk through of my show a the Oak Park Public Library this summer. It is posted from my YouTube channel. In addition to several interviews I have been collecting art related videos that are quite interesting. Please check it out here.
An artist, my former teacher and friend, Darren Rousar, created and developed the definitive website on the historic observation method of sight-size. I recently had the great pleasure to be interviewed by him about my life and work. It can be found here.
For those not able to come see my work at Michael LaConte Gallery in Chicago, it is now available online as well via 1st Dibs. It is a great site dedicated to art collectors. The images shown are currently at the gallery and here.
I wrote a blog post about ‘Allegory: Persephone’ that can be found here.
To learn more about the above picture The Trickster click here.
I wrote a post about the above painting that can be found here.
Above is a recent bust that I have finished titled “Concordia.” It is bronze with copper inlay lips and eyes of alabaster with lead irises. I modeled the bust in clay and retouched the wax and then completed all the chasing and finishing in bronze.
My choice of subject is inspired by the Roman deity Concordia. She is symbolic of social concord and representative of the Greek idea of Homonia. The visual expression of concepts fascinates me. In addition to being judged by our physical appearance our actions condition how we are percieved. Daily choices, usually guided by a personal ethical code, determine our public persona. Ideally we are living personifications of value systems we choose to follow. Concordia is an exploration of this idea.
Inside the statue I glued a series of notes that I collected from the Badia in Florence. They come from the New Testament and promote harmony and peace. This added level of meaning reinforces the formal aspects of the sculpture.