Piotr Gargas: Minerva

Piotr Gargas: Minerva


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Piotr has reached back to Classical Greece for the goddess of wisdom and warfare – Minerva. Conventionally, Minerva is dressed in elaborate folds of drapery, but here Piotr has used the simple but powerful iconography of the incomplete torso. (From the Renaissance onwards incomplete classical statues, such as the Venus de Milo, were a magical crop, being lifted from the soil.)

The lines of Minerva are superbly defined, curved and sensual, the pose of the torso elegantly affected by a contrapposto stance. While Classical in form, Piotr turns the idea of sculptural purity on its head by creating a block of contrasting marble and slate to cut into, the effect is breath taking, Bridget Riley’s Op Art meets fifth century BCE.

Piotr spent five years in Poland formally training as a sculptor, a discipline which involved the study and copying of classical pieces. This led to his involvement in restoration work, travelling across Europe for a decade to work on the decorative stonework of numerous historic buildings, including colleges and churches in Oxford. This process of repairing eroded and damaged sculptures has led to the development of Piotr’s style. More recently he has focused on using modern 3D imaging technology to create his own sculptures in stone, which reflect the flow and harmony so evident in organic form.

More of this talented sculptor's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.

Materials: Slate and marble (with epoxy resin and internal metal armatures), suitable for indoors or outside, plinth: chamfered black marble

Dimensions (approx.): Sculpture: H:82cm, W:34, D:28cm, plinth H:8cm, W:36cm, D:30cm

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