West­ern Art News

Marc Si­jan’s scale resin cow­boy sculp­ture is among the high­lights at Art of the World Gallery in Hous­ton.

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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.

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