Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Sterett-Gittings Kelsey

Yes -- there is good contemporary figure sculpture on the internet ! But finding it is like the proverbial needle-in-a-haystack.

Ms. Kelsey appears to be one of the most successful sculptors of my generation - born in 1941 -- graduated from art school in 1964 -- and finding a niche in designing collectable figurines for Royal Copenhagen. She's also collected by the Hirshorn Museum and the Hakone Open-Air museum (which is a place I'd like to see someday)




She specializes in dancers -- and the above sketch is my favorite of what I found on her site, http://www.kelseysculpture.com


There are two (among many) reasons to make bad figure sculpture --- there's the big market for cute -- and the big market for wax-museum realism --- and she has not been able to completely avoid them --- but it seems like Degas is her hero -- and he's a good person to follow (even if -- well -- he's not really a sculptor)






She's got the idea of design -- but like so much of American figure sculpture -- I think she feels the human body as more dramatic than beautiful - so cute little ballerinas might not have been the best subject for her.




3 Comments:

Blogger Gawain said...

"She's got the idea of design -- but like so much of American figure sculpture -- I think she feels the human body as more dramatic than beautiful - so cute little ballerinas might not have been the best subject for her."

It's an interesting thought. Would you elaborate?

May 17, 2006  
Anonymous Sterett-Gittings Kelsey said...

HI PETER...PLEASE CALL ME....STERETT-GITTINGS KELSEY 860-350-4938 ALSO: "KELSEYSCULPTURE.ARTSPAN.COM" OR "KELSEYSCULPTURE.COM"

May 31, 2006  
Blogger chris miller said...

Thankyou for posting the link to your work on Artspan -- and I hope Peter gets his message !

June 01, 2006  

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