Title: Genesis of the Djinn (God) Within - Detail 2
102" x 30" x 30"
Weight: 450.0 lbs.
Life-sized torso, shown as the original in clay and wax.
Elements within the piece include a base resembling a UFO ringed with alien looking script, a mushroom cloud shaped hourglass pedestal that sits atop the alien ship, and is adorned by a ring of fire at the foot, a phoenix rising in the middle, and a ring of water at the top, all representing the process of purification. Lying shattered on the base is the genie's lamp, rendered as the globe of the earth as a symbol of the forces that keep us contained in the material realm.
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Eager to draw from life and his vivid imagination, Gary has been rendering and modeling on the drawing pad and in sculpture since early childhood. By age twelve, he was designing silk screen logos for local businesses and his own comic characters were printed on a line of T-shirts by the age of sixteen. With several oil paintings already commissioned to him, Gary graduated with an Associate degree in Commercial Art at seventeen.
His formal fine arts education continued at Kent State University in Ohio. He later graduated with honors from the Pittsburgh Art Institute, majoring in Visual Communications with strong emphasis on Sculptural Special Effects. Gary spent a total of fifteen years working at a local bronze foundry which helped him evolve into the competent and creative Bronze Sculptor that he is today. It allowed him to master all aspects of the casting process including mold-making, pulling and working waxes, welding and assembly, rough and finish chasing, and his specialty, multi-color patinas. To this day, Gary still executes all of these steps himself on every bronze he produces, an uncommon practice among bronze artists of today. His work thus represents a caliber of excellence in artistry and craftsmanship rarely found in contemporary bronze sculpture.
Creating fantastic and mythic works has been and continues to be a lifelong love and commitment for me. When creating sculpture, the joy for me is in translating imagery from my mind's eye into three-dimensional reality. It's an intriguing challenge to project a dynamic two-dimensional graphic image outward visually into 3D reality. That challenge fuels my imagination and inspires me daily. I am also drawn to continue creating works on a heroic scale.
1981 Associates Degree Commercial Art, Alliance High School, Alliance, OH 1982 Kent State University, Kent, OH 1984 Associates Degree Visual Communications, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1991 Best of Show Peer Choice at the Sedona National Sculpture Walk 1992 First Place and Best of Show in the Science Fiction Westercon in Phoenix, Arizona. 1992 First for Best 3-Dimensional work at the World Fantasy Art Show in Atlanta, Georgia. 1993 "Chesley Award" from the American Science Fiction Artists Association for Best 3-D. 1996 Canton Museum of Art "Pavilions of Wonder" exhibit. His work has been featured in several books, including Spectrum 1, The Frank Collection, and The Chesley Awards Retrospective.
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