This highly expressive sculpture is a bold work of art from award-winning Jemez sculptor Adrian Wall. Carved in Kansas limestone, the work is titled “Always Becoming” and embodies the Native philosophy that life is about the journey. The abstract form appears to rise upward as if growing, demonstrating the beauty that exists in the process of growth. Wall’s elegant and dimensional piece is an exciting exploration of form, showing an extreme attention to movement and detail. This masterful limestone sculpture is an extraordinary addition to your collection of fine art.
- Original sculpture by Adrian Wall (Jemez Pueblo)
- Titled “Always Becoming”
- Kansas limestone and granite base
- Sculpture measures 21-1/2” x 7-1/2” x 7-3/4”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Adrian Wall is a renowned contemporary sculptor from Jemez Pueblo known for his incredible stone works that blend figurative and abstract imagery. Wall grew up in a family of talented artists—his mother is renowned potter Fannie Loretto and his siblings include potters Kathleen Wall and Marcus Wall—and was inspired to pursue art from an early age. Father worked in Clifford Fragua’s studio as a stone sculptor which inspired him to pursue the form. Though Wall works primarily in stone, he also creates some pieces in clay and bronze. His subject and themes are usually drawn from his Native American heritage and often include Pueblo pottery forms and symbols. Wall is one of the founding members of the Indigenous Sculptors Society, an elite group of Native American sculptors dedicated to the advancement of stone sculpture. Wall has taken home Best in Division at the Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and First Place in sculpture at the Cherokee Indian Market in 2007. His work can be found in museums and private collections across the United States.
Award-winning sculptor Adrian Wall creates figurative sculptures inspired by traditional Native themes as well as more abstract pieces that are creative explorations of form. In his work he feels it is important to honor his history, heritage and culture, while also bringing a new voice and form to traditional Native art. He believes the stone he is working with speaks to him, permitting him to carve it and sometimes helping him develop the form it should take. He often focuses on surface and expression and counts European Impressionist painters as one of his inspirations for their ability to so beautifully capture moments of transition and changing light. This influence can be seen in the elegance of his flowing lines and the sense of movement and ease that animates his impressive stone works.
For centuries Native American artist have been creating sculptures and fetishes for sacred and ceremonial use. For the Pueblo people, these were often figurines created from stone, wood or clay. Sculpture using material like alabaster, limestone and marble is a relatively new art form for Native artists, first practiced in the second half of the 20th century. In addition, a growing number of artists are creating beautiful works in glass. In creating their groundbreaking contemporary work, these artists still honor and celebrate their culture by drawing from traditional themes, forms and designs. Many of the most noted Native American sculptors and glass artists working today have studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.Read our Native American Sculpture and Painting Collector's Guide.
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