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Russell Whiting
Louisiana

Full Statement

Media:  Sculpture, Metal

Pages: 12
Woman with Arms Out
Running Angel
American Buffalo
Aquarium Angel
Angel on Pyramid
Woman with Birds II
Woman with Four Birds
Icarus
Icarus
Icarus
Woman With Rectangle
Mountain View
Pages: 12
Russell Whiting
Self-taught sculptor

Mr. Whiting is a self taught artist who has been drawing and carving wood since his childhood. He learned to work with an oxy-acetylene torch in the oil fields of Louisiana. Mr. Whiting's unique technique is using the oxy-acetylene torch to carve steel into graceful figures. In addition he uses hammered and welded techniques.

In 1990 I began using steel and techniques I had learned in the oil fields of the Gulf of Mexico. Those techniques I have found to be unique to my process. Strongly influenced by classical forms, I have begun to recognize the validity of my own subconscious dialogue as an important source for my work. This fusion results in classicism with contemporary execution. The creation of my images is influenced by many factors: religion, ancient cultures, cinema, other artists, etc. The images are combined and mutated and reborn with no regard to logic or their cultural origins.