Western Art News
Marc Sijan’s scale resin cowboy sculpture is among the highlights at Art of the World Gallery in Houston.
Hyperrealist sculptor Marc Sijan’s newest one-of-akind creation, Cowboy, stands tall enough to rub shoulders with. The figure, cast in resin and painted with oil paints, stands at attention, one hand at his side and the other at his belt, with a saddle and rope at his feet. He’s an imposing force, and allows viewers to stare right into the eyes of the American West.
The artist, who was born in Serbia, studied art in Wisconsin and was heavily inspired by Michelangelo’s David. “He was always fascinated by Michelangelo’s awareness of human anatomy and his ability to execute this awareness,” the gallery says. “However, unlike Michelangelo, Sijan does not celebrate the ideal form; his works are tributes to real people and in their realism they are unpretentious and gritty and communicate a deep sense of emotion. In order to achieve the ultra-realistic finish, Sijan initially works from a live model and produces a plaster mold. He then sculpts the interior of the mold with tools and a magnifying glass and then casts the figure in a polyester resin. To achieve realistic flesh tones, Sijan applies 25 coats of paint and varnish.
His goal is to achieve depth, yet translucency and spends as long as six months reproducing these details on each piece.”
The gallery continues:
“Marc Sijan’s superrealistic sculptures are ‘homages to humanity’s fascination with its own forms—a fascination which has compelled artists throughout the millennia to mirror life in virtually every medium.’ Sijan’s figures are incredibly lifelike, sensuous and graceful. In fact, they are so lifelike, they seem always on the verge of movement, a mere instant away from action. The pores in the skin, the tiny hairs and veins—even the bald spots, the blemishes, the individual shapes of the faces that make human beings so similar, yet so unique: These are the essence of what makes Marc Sijan’s work so arresting.”
His Cowboy is one of many highlights available at Art of the World Gallery in Houston. The gallery, which recently finished its first year in business, is proud to offer modern and contemporary art, and also some very contemporary Western art, to its many collectors. Other artists include Fernando Botero, Julio Larraz, Sophia Vari, Gustavo Vélez and Mr. Brainwash, who appeared in the documentary
Exit Through the Gift Shop and is often linked with street artist Banksy. The gallery has works by two dozen artists from 10 countries on four continents. Co-founders Liliana Molina and Mauricio Vallejo bring decades of combined art career experience and carefully cultivated relationships to the gallery’s quarterly exhibitions, as well as its permanent works, with a dynamic mix of artistic mediums. From paintings, watercolors and jacquard tapestries to bronze and marble sculptures, the husband-and-wife team have amassed a vast collection of global contemporary art seldom seen outside major contemporary museums.
For more information visit www.artoftheworldgallery.com.
Marc Sijan, Cowboy, 2017, oil-painted resin/mixed media, 69 x 23 x 20". Courtesy Art of the World Gallery, Houston, Texas.