stainless steel / wood (Azobe),
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stainless steel / wood (Azobe)
W: 300mm x H: 400mm x D: 300mm
W: 12" x H: 16" x D: 12"
Approx. Weight: 10kg
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Stainless steel is very sophisticated modern media which provides new ways of expression with added bonus of extreme durability and longevity. Combining it with traditional art media like oils, bronze or wood, delivers specific contemporary flair. Working with stainless steel however, requires very high levels of precision, it is time consuming and highly skill demanding. The metal itself is expensive and fussy and the smallest mistake can result in scrapping the entire piece. This is not a cast work. It is assembled from different elements, cut from solid sheet metal and mechanically manipulated to fit to each other in its current shape.
Azobe is extremely dense and wear resistant wood variety with very fine grain and natural dark brown colour. It comes from Cameroon. The wood in this artwork have not been dyed or varnished but only oiled.
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Vasco is an Artist with SouthAfricanArtists.com based in South Africa.
I was born in 1960 in Dobrich - Bulgaria.
My formal education is music and in the early eighties I started working as a violin teacher. Boredom and the adjoined desire for change pushed me consequently to work as prospective driller, knife maker, blacksmith and ethnic jewelry maker, among others. In 1991 I moved permanently to South Africa and embraced fine jewelery design and manufacture. Between 1997 and 2001 (my design years) I was awarded seven prestigious awards for excellence in diamond jewelry design. I am still designing and making fine jewelery pieces in my studio in Cape Town. In 2005 -2006, myself and my brother Rado, who is a brilliant metal smith, created a range of art works involving stainless steel mixed with traditional fine art media ending up with an exhibition in Rossouw Gallery under the name “Blurring the line”. The concept was to blur the line separating art from craft, sculpture from wall ornament, picture frame from the picture itself. The range covered paintings, wall sculptures and free standing sculptures.
I started painting oil on board and canvas in 2003 as my creative boredom again precipitated in a strong need for new expression. I can describe my oil paintings as modernist since although the forms have easy distinguishable subjects, they are often out of context and not easy to read. I never paint real objects and the composition and its colors often come from a dream or visualization. If I wish to paint something I like, I`ll try to memorize not the actual forms and colors but rather the overall emotional impetus, which I recall later to visualize. I like to use vibrant colors and plenty of texture.
2006 "Blurring the line" in Rossouw Gallery introducing stainless steel as art media.
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