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Paper sculptures: sculptors work wonders

Paper sculptures: sculptors work wonders

The creation of sculptures from a variety of materials, mankind has been engaged in since ancient times. Paper is a relatively new material, it has become available to the general public quite recently, therefore it was only recently begun to use it to create works of art.

Previously, paper was only the basis for graphic and painting works, voluminous images from it were rare. In Japan, paper figures were created using the origami technique - by special folding of the sheet they obtained three-dimensional images of various animals and fantastic creatures, flowers and fish. In Europe, paper sculpture was limited to papier-mâché — laying out a voluminous object from pieces of soaked loose paper.

Beaver Paper Sculpture, Calvin Nicholls Paper sculpture Bear, Calvin Nicholls Owl paper sculpture by Calvin Nicholls

But true paper sculptures appeared only in the second half of the 20th century. Today, there are already quite a lot of such masters, and paper sculptures have become a full-fledged part of modern art. One of the famous masters creating their unique works from plain paper is Canadian sculptor Calvin Nicholls. He performs extremely realistic images of plants, birds and animals, using paper, glue and a solid frame to add rigidity and volume to his works. In his sculptural paintings, animals and flowers seem alive and real.

Paper sculpture of Indian, Patty and Allen Ekman Paper sculpture of Indian, Patty and Allen Ekman

Married couple Patty and Allen Ekman create unusually accurate and detailed images of the life of the Cherokee Indians using several paper techniques. Their multi-figure compositions amaze with their expression and realism.

Flexible paper sculptures by Li Hongbo Flexible paper sculptures by Li Hongbo

A sculptor from Beijing, Li Hongbo, works in a very special technique. He creates sculptural images that can be stretched and deformed like a spring. Such an unusual effect is created by the very complex selection and fitting of hundreds, even thousands of layers of paper, in a special way interconnected. These unique works of art seem to be made of dense matte material such as marble, but if you touch them, the whole structure comes into motion.

Phoenix and the Dragon, Jeff Nishinaka

Jeff Nishinaka creates real epic voluminous canvases from paper. One picture on the traditional Asian plot is especially impressive - the battle of the Phoenix and the Dragon. The serpentine Chinese dragon coils in bizarre rings, and a huge magic bird curls around it with wonderful long feathers in its wings and tail. The image consists of many small details, expertly conveying the drawing of feathers and scales of characters.

Peter Kalesen, paper sculpture Peter Kalesen, paper sculpture

A completely original style of making paper sculptures is owned by Danish artist Peter Kalesen. In all his works, a large sheet of paper, on which bulk paper figures are located, acts as an obligatory element. The slots on the Whatman paper exactly match the sculptures and depict the shadows or the true appearance of the object, such as a building.

I want to believe that paper works have a great future, because modern sculptors have learned to turn it into unique works of art, looking at which it is hard to believe that all these perfect creations were created from such simple and fragile material.