Pushing the boundaries of contemporary art, Minimalism: In Sculpture tests the limits of what can be done with metal, clay, and plastic.
Through varying mediums, our selection of Art at Home artists from around the world unite the simplicity of form. From Australia’s dramatic coast to the human experience, Minimalism: In Sculpture reveals the diversity of inspiration for this stylistic art method.
Based in Sydney’s picturesque Blue Mountains, Morgan Shimeld utilises sculpture to convey a sense of harmony within his monochromatic abstracted forms. Minimalist in nature, the artworks take expressive weight, as cast metals like steel and bronze are rendered light and buoyant. The artist aims for clean lines and complex geometric forms that retain balance.
An interior designer by trade, Beatrix Rowe’s sculptures fit seamlessly within their environments, offering geometric balance to Australian homes. The designer first began crafting her artworks to add the transient effects of shadow into her projects. Each piece plays with scale and light and works as part of a collection for versatility.
Inspired by twigs, Peter Sydnicas’ sculptures offer a luxurious lens to a transitional object sourced from nature. The artist is based in Adelaide, surrounded by nature, where he has been working since 1997. The minimalist sculptures are crafted from bronze, and their sleek and reflective aesthetic taps into the contemporary interiors they are placed within.
Vietnamese-American sculptor Kieu Tran crafts minimalist sculptures from clay and wood to explore the human experience of growth and renewal. With titles like resilience and celebration, the Studio Kieu organic forms reflect the complexities yet joy of life, offering duality to her abstract and figurative artworks. “A reminder of how we are all continually growing even when we do not feel like we are blooming,” Kieu says.
Melbourne-based, Sydney-born artist Robert Owen uses scale and form to expand on notions of materiality in his minimalist sculptures. Robert’s sculptures pose reflections with sharp angles in bright colours of blue, pink, yellow, and greens, investigating spatial geometry and light. From installations in public places to intimate objects placed carefully in homes, they offer musing on the transient state of life.
In shimmering monochrome hues, French artist Jean Paul Mangin reflects on his life experiences — narrating the emotions and intimacy behind the obvious. The sculptures do this by offering multiplicity in light, the works bouncing colour through expressive form. The materiality continues this exploration, as Jean Paul uses recyclable plastics and polymer materials, drawing on the plasticity and fluid nature of plastic.
Melbourne-based artist Ben Sheers is inspired by the balance of negative and positive space in his geometric explorations. Small cut-paper collages directly influenced his recent sculptures after collaging with his two sons — the simplicity of mark-making evident in the clean forms and primary colours.