Horsepower, (back) , 2009, ceramic stoneware, 32 x 19 x 17 in.
Guardian, 2009, stoneware, 25.5 x 20 x 17.5 in.
Guardian, (back) , 2009
Guardian, (bottom) , 2009,
Life’s Work, (front) , 2011, ceramic
Sorceress, Humanimals Series, 2011, ceramic, 15 x 7 x 5.5 in.
The History of Lovers, 2009, ceramic, 32 x 17 x 15 in
The History of Lovers, (bottom) , 2009
Humanimals Series, 2011
To Kiss, 2005, ceramic, 6 1/2 x 15 x 3 in
Sergei Isupov (b. 1963) is a ceramic artist born in Stavrapole, Russia. Isupov studied art at universities in Kiev and Estonia before emigrating to the United States in 1983. He now lives and works in Cummington, Massachusetts.
I am a student of the universe and a participant in the harmonic chaos of contrasts and opposites: dark – light; male – female; good – evil. Working instinctually and using my observations, I create a new, intimate universe that reveals the relationships, connections and contradictions as I perceive them.
For me, I find clay to be the most versatile material and it is well suited to the expression of my ideas. I consider my sculptures to be a canvas for my paintings. All the plastic, graphic and painting elements of a piece function as complementary parts of the work.
About the Artist
Isupov’s subjects bear their souls on their faces. That is, the cheeks, foreheads and chins of his protagonists are meticulously painted with evocative figures, little flurries of meaning that dart back and forth across centuries like a tarantella dancer. Here the stroke seems Byzantine, there it is Baroque; here is a Netherlandish wench, there a Neo-classical foot. Overall, though, Isupov’s touch is consistently precise, rendered expertly in layers of glaze and texture, with one built onto another like the pages of a story. (Emily Nathan)
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