Below are listed several sculptors who have had an influence on my work.
In all cases I've studied the sculpture produced by the said artists. In a few other cases the influence was not only in the form of inspiration.
Calder for me is an example of how a scupltor can live his or her life. He continued to produce to the last with the greatest of verve and humor. Calder was not an overnight sensation. He went for years producing in the face of great apathy by the critical community. His friends appreciated his work and he appreciated his work. That was enough for many years. And, blissfully his success later in life did not appear to have any effect upon him other than providing opportunity to complete projects that would have been impossible otherwise.
Dubuffet is an example to me of an artist with a vision who is not afraid to flirt with OCD. ;-) He found a vision and pursued it with vigor and no fear of the industrial nature of sculpture.
Moore is a great artists whose work has been of great influence. However, I don't find myself studying his work as often as Arp, Noguchi, and Hepworth. They all produce works which speak directly to my heart.
Brancusi is a kind of special case for me. I don't study his works as much these days as I did when I first started. Even so I owe much of my current work to him since it was through an inspiration brought on by one of his pieces that I started and finished my first true sculpture.
All of this aside I owe the fact that I'm currently sculpting to the artistic direction and encouragement of artist E.J. Gold. Without his periodic promptings to be courageous and his excellent critique I couldn't have refined my vision to its current hone.
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