It is the people’s nature to continue improving things around, like making something unusual than the ordinary. For example, on paper, a very basic material.
Many individuals assume that papers in relation to arts are only limited to sketching, drawings, or the paper folding skills known as the art of origami. But these are just understatement with the growing number of artists out there that showcase their creative art pieces with just the use of papers.
The artwork made by combining and shaping of the various types of papers under a great precision is made by a paper sculptor. It is different from how origami is made. Paper sculptures are created out a lot of papers instead of one and for once, it is the core subject while the rest are just tools.
This article presents samples of interesting paper sculptures and the creator behind it. It illustrates how this work of art can be inspired by anything, beginning from scratch or garbage of papers. This post hopes that your understanding and view of this type of art will be much deeper.
Polly Verity is an artist from Edinburgh, Scotland. Polly’s paper sculptures vary from miniature to gigantic size and they are complex. Her creations are often based on some mythological characters. The title of her works includes Harpy and Skull.
Jeff Nishinaka is a paper sculptor and a graduate of The Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena, California. He has a unique way of presenting 3-Dimensional forms which made him earn his magnificent profile and a large number of clients. He was awarded to receive a commission from his college as well. Nishinaka’s works include the Chinese Warriors, Bridge, Noah’s Ark, Tiger, and Writer.
Elsa Mora, on the other hand, is a known multimedia art creator who is born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Mora is the owner of Etsy online shop established in 2007. She also won some prestigious award for her prolific artworks. Her creations include the following: Dress With Teddy Bear and the Bee.
In the year 2000, Cheong-ah Hwang became famous with her self-taught paper sculptures. She focuses on the tension between 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional, as well as the material’s versatility. She currently started making prints and illustrating fairy tale-based artworks. Another type of art that she is into now is the layer of dimensional illusion created by printing paper sculpture images on paper.
Cheong-ah Hwang’s works include Obi-Wan Kenobi, Hummer Hibiscus, and Red Riding Hood.
Another famous paper sculpture artist is from Canada, Calvin Nicholls. At first, he did not consider paper sculpting his priority and specialty, not until he discovered that papers are a great medium to convey his passion for wildlife into magnificent artwork. One of his notable successes is his sculpturing collaboration with the children’s book writer Rafe Martin in 2002, the book was published by Arthur A. Levine.
The title of his works includes the Owl, Eagle, and the Lion.
Last but not the least is 8. He is a graduate of La Trobe University where he majored in Biological Science. What he does in the art industry is a complete opposite of what he studies, but his passion for art, particularly on making paper sculptures, has become his life career. His works include The Secret Mountain Hideaway of the Unicorn, Nature, and Commemorating Dick Johnson.