Carved out of a block of Portuguese Limestone, called Mocha Crème, Trace of Tension is a sculpture that should variously be looked through and seen from both sides. Here Piotr Gargas has created a broken circle of smooth limestone, the central carving of which is reminiscent of architectural stone tracery, which, at the same time, feels organic. The effect is dynamic, full of movement, combined with the intriguing ‘breaks’ in the wheel which are highlighted with gilding.
Piotr spent five years in Poland formally training as sculptor, where the traditional discipline involved the study and copying of classical pieces. This led to him becoming involved in restoration work, travelling across Europe for the next decade to work on the decorative stonework of numerous historic buildings, while continuing to learn from the work of generations of past stonemasons and artists. This work has inevitably been described as stone ‘cosmetic surgery’, but the process of repairing eroded and damaged sculptures has led to the development of Piotr’s own artistic style. His current work has been inspired by working on the colleges and churches in Oxford. More recently he has focused on using modern 3D imaging technology to then create his own sculptures in stone, which reflect the flow and harmony so evident in organic form.
More of this talented, self-taught sculptor's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.
Materials: Portuguese Mocha Crème Limestone, gold paint, suitable for indoors or outside, black polished stone plinth
Dimensions (approx.): Dia:48cm; plinth H:7cm, W: 20cm, D:14.5cm
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