Helaine Blumenfeld, an American sculptor who moved to the U.K. in the 1960s, has spent most of her decades-long career avoiding the media spotlight. More interested in pursuing a personal vision than in chasing success, she has focused on creating sculptures that explore her subconscious and the human spirit.
Pablo Butteri feels a visceral link with nature. His works are organic and full of movement, with abstract beings emerging from labyrinths and knots. Salt, coal, glass, and silicone create enigmatic and enchanting, quasi-monochrome micro-worlds that invite viewers to follow unclear passages through dense spaces amid smoke and audiovisual projections.
Japanese sculptor Shigeo Toya approaches nature as both a source of material and a site of hope. Very much a philosopher, he recognizes the intellectual character of the sculptural process while maintaining that the separation of art—and human life—from nature is mistaken.
Working across sculpture, drawing, and painting, Ackroyd creates installations that bring together the body, architecture, and sexuality in nightmarish and uncanny ways, excavating memory and history to confront the viewer with new notions of femininity and power.
Recipient of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award “Whether I’m making a large or small object, I hope it will make sense to have that particular scale and form together, and that it will give off enough visual energy to shake the air around it.”
London-based Olivia Bax makes brightly colored sculptures whose tactile, handmade aesthetic derives from the pulp and papier-mâché that she uses to cover steel, chicken wire, and foam armatures.
John Rainey is a young Northern Irish artist whose work I first saw in 2016, when I marked him down as “one to watch.” Unlike many Irish artists, he was largely trained in England, at Manchester Metropolitan University and at the Royal College of Art in London.
Doctor y Licenciado en Ciencias Biológicas de la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Pablo La Padula desarrolla una obra donde arte y ciencia se retroalimentan como dos partes inseparables e indiscutibles en su intervención creativa para llevar adelante cada proyecto.
Kris Lemsalu’s work explores the mysteries, wonders, and absurdities of birth, life, and death. Like artists past, she considers these themes (the stuff of art since the beginning of human time) and poses the same existential question: What’s it all about?