To mark her first London solo exhibition, leading superrealist sculptor Carole Feuerman will fly in for a special ‘In Conversation with’ on 24 May at Bel Air Fine Art London.
Country & Town House has partnered with the gallery to offer 10 readers and their guests a private tour of Carole’s exhibition before joining the discussion over drinks in the gallery. Email [email protected] to reserve your place.
Have a Drink with the Doyenne of Superrealism
Now 73 years old, Feuerman’s career spans four decades. In the late seventies, she lead the hyperrealism movement as one of the first artists to make life-like sculptures that portrayed their models with precision. Dubbed ‘the reigning doyenne of superrealism’ by art historian John T. Spike, Feuerman’s work has been exhibited worldwide and she has shown twice at the Venice Biennale.
Bel Air Fine Art London will exhibit Feuerman’s collection of monumental sculptures: ‘Strength, Survival & Balance.’ The collection of female swimmers reflects her fascination with the female figure, water and swimming. With a trademark accentuation of the water drops on skin, Feuerman’s contemplative bathers embody the artist’s intimate, hyperrealist style.
A Q&A with Carole Feuerman
You’re an American in London. Do you have any favourite spots you like to visit when you’re here?
Being an artist, it should pretty obvious. My favorite hot spots are galleries and museums of course. From the British Museum to Tate Modern, to the National Gallery, there is just so much beautiful artwork out there to be admired. London has a personality very different from the States so it is always refreshing to come here and enjoy people’s work.
Your hyperrealistic sculptures are incredibly detailed. How long do you spend on one single project?
Each piece is different and evolves at its own rate of time. For instance, a commissioned piece may be completed within four months or take up to two years. However, depending on scale, intricacy, and concept, the progress of some of my pieces have spanned over a decade. The average new piece, from start to finish is two years.
From the initial conception stage to the final unveiling, can you tell us a little about your working practice / technique?
I work very meticulously. I have to pay attention to every detail in my work. The pieces are meticulously intricate and labor intensive. All clothing and accessories are sculpted to look like they are real in a tromp ‘loil fashion. A complete figure sculpture is never the result of one simple, direct cast. Often, I combine the molds of different models and parts, such as hands and feet, which requires hand-sculpting from imagination. Each part is given special attention as an integral element in the story of the sculpture. The work always starts in my mind and revolves around a theme.
When & Where: 24 May, 6:30pm. BAFA London, 105 New Bond Street London W1S IDN. Exhibition continues until 4 June.