Jallim Eudovic: The Caribbean’s Leading Contemporary Sculptor
Jallim Eudovic is well known for his minimalistic and conceptual wooden block sculptures. His highly skilled craftsmanship shows exceptional and a one-of-akind talent. His sculptures are layered with creative force, Caribbean wit, spirituality and poetry.
Mr Eudovic's large-scale bronze sculptures are just as impressive as his minimalistic and conceptual wooden block sculptures. The Lucian-born artist has presented his work at several public art commissions in China and is set to return again this year.
Jallim also has his work showcased in various private collections in the Caribbean, United States and Europe. And, with openings at Miami Art Basel, Oxford Street in London, and Chelsea, New York, Jallim Eudovic will soon make an unforgettable impression on the art world.
Jallim Eudovic was exposed to a high level of creativity at a very young age; he's been doing sculptures from the age of five and has successfully made a career out of his passion. “My father's art studio was my playground,” he says. “I also dabbled in paints, poetry, and theatre. I was enveloped in the world of creativity at a very young age.”
Jallim's creativity has been led by the belief that “inspiration abounds everywhere you look”. Global and geopolitical issues often stimulate him as well as subtle things such as observing people and cultures.
“We live in a global culture right now; the world is increasingly becoming a global community,” Eudovic shared. “Eventually we will become one intercultural melting pot.”
His work is heavily influenced by various cultures, but primarily African culture. “African contemporary, African traditional art, also western contemporary art, those are my biggest influences.”
Though he has many sources of motivation, he also has a number of influences that play a major role in his work. The sculptor says his father was his first role model and was instrumental in his development. Aside from his father, he especially looks up to people of colour that are at a high level in the art world. He names specifically: Theaster Gates, Kerry James Marshall and Kehinde Wiley. He also appreciates the great English sculptor Henry Moore, and the legendary Pablo Picasso.
Jallim believes he is a man on a mission with ideas and his priority is to contribute to the next chapter of the global conversation, as is a continuous role in art. “Civilisation has been pushing forward ever since the dawn of time and it's up to me and my generation to continue pushing it forward, to develop the conversation.” Eudovic affirmed.
However, his goal as an artist is to create change in society, in his words, “To make mankind a little better than it was before and to increase people's levels of consciousness through art, as well as celebrating life.” His message is one of empowerment to the marginalized so they may remove themselves from their inferiority complexes, as he firmly believes that we all have something to celebrate within our own cultures.
“Just like the Europeans and Americans have put their culture up on a pedestal through art, I want to put my culture and people up on a pedestal as well, internationally, so that we could be on the same level with any other country,” he says.
As an international artist he has learnt many valuable lessons. “Art is a euphemism for life and you learn about life through art.” He learnt about spirituality, patience, diligence, perseverance, love and how to communicate effectively. But most of all he learnt about himself through his work. “Selfdetermination and self-actualization are two of the by-products of being an artist, which has made me more powerful. I have learnt to be unapologetic for the things that I am passionate about and to apologise for my mistakes by becoming better.”
Jallim will create and erect a 12-foot bronze sculpture entitled “Mother River and Child” at the China Public Sculpture Park this year.