Avatar Sculpture Works represents the works of Hyper- Realist sculptors Jamie Salmon and Jackie K. Seo.
Jamie Salmon is a British born, self taught contemporary sculptor, living and working in Vancouver, Canada. He started his career working as a commercial artist and sculptor for the movie effects industry. He specialises in hyper-realist sculpture, both figurative and portrait, utilising such materials as silicone rubber, resin, hair and fabric.
Jamie says of his working process; "The most important part of the artistic process for me is the initial idea behind the work. If it isn`t as strong as possible, then the lenghty process of sculpting, moulding, painting etc, no matter how well done, will be for nothing and the work will fall flat.
I want to make something that tells a story or moves people in some sort of way, not something that just looks very real. Of course, I need my works to have a certain degree of reality about them, but it`s more of a heigtened reality. This is also why I like to play with scale in a lot of my works as well. I think it is something that catches people off guard and forces them to confront their ideas about reality, and to also think about the idea behind the work more deeply. Maybe more so than they would do if the piece were just life size.
I think hyper-realist art too often tries to reach what is ultimately an unattainable level of perfection. That should not be the goal with it anyway.
At the end of the day, I hope that my works contain meaning and convey a real sense of emotion as well. And if they also take people by suprise and affect them on perhaps an unexpected level, I really feel I`ve succeeded".
Jackie K. Seo is a Korean born, self taught contemporary sculptor, living and working in Vancouver, Canada. She also started her career working as a commercial artist for the movie industry and specialises in hyper-realist sculpture.
Jackie says of her working process; "Whenever I think about life, it reminds me of that car repair ad you sometimes see in the classifieds, "scratches, dents, peeling?". Life is also never perfect, there`s always something that needs constant maintenance.
In each of my pieces I like like to show a moment where we feel the need to repair something in our lives and how we deal with it. I think the style of hyper-realism is a good way of showing the minute subtleties of the challenges of life, in a sculptural form.
I can show things like the wetness of tears in the eyes, the flushing of skin or the story that the fine lines and wrinkles of the face tell. The biggest challenge is balancing the overall feel of the piece without getting lost in the details.
My satisfaction comes when I feel that I`ve reached someone with my work and they can maybe empathize with part of it".
Some of Jamie and Jackie`s works can be seen on permenent display as part of the MEFIC collection, which opened in Spain in 2009, and will tour Europe in the near future. MEFIC is a contemporary sculpture museum showcasing work from some of the worlds most influential modern contemporary artists .