The simple act of looking at art can completely change our perceptions. Step into a new reality with these hyper-realistic sculptures hand-crafted by artist Christopher David White.
Hi All! I know you’re shocked to be hearing from me again so soon. Two posts in less than a month, holy cow! Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I’ve got something really special for you today. This is something that I think everyone will enjoy, art connoisseur and art novice alike. Recently, I stumbled upon the amazing artwork of Christopher David White and was instantly amazed, intrigued, in awe, the list of my emotions could go on and on, but I’ll stop there and instead tell you a little bit about this phenomenal artist and his work.
Christopher David White currently lives and works in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Although he started with painting and drawing; in 2008, he began to focus his attention on clay, and the rest, as they say, is history. This talented artist has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally and, in fact, at the time of writing he has an exhibit on display at The Daejeon Museum of Art in South Korea.
There is a peace that can be found in even the simplest things. I am inspired by the small, overlooked aspects of our environment, finding enjoyment in the unexpected discoveries that come from simply being observant of the minutia and incorporating those mundane forms into my work.
While browsing through White’s portfolio, I happened upon a couple of his pieces that really spoke to me. As I mentioned, White works with clay, but the intricate details rendered on his sculptures make them look just like wood. When discussing his art, White says “The juxtaposition of natural and man-made features in combination with the skewing of scale, proportion, and material, helps in creating an altered perception – forcing the viewer to look closer.” Well said, Mr. White, well said!
White’s sculptures seem to capture a single moment painstakingly frozen in time. These handmade clay masterpieces take on the appearance of decaying wood, which only adds to their haunting beauty. When I saw the piece above, Going Hand in Hand, and the one below, Asphyxia, I was immediately arrested and forced to reassess my perceptions.
White’s website features a quote from English poet William Blake, which I think so aptly describes this artwork that I had to include it here. “The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
Whether or not you find your reality altered, I hope that you at least stopped to take a second look at these hyper-realistic sculptures by Christopher David White. Thanks for taking the time to read this post! I’ll be seeing you again (virtually) real soon!
**All images c/o Christopher David White