Brian Somerville "The Visionary"
Ceramic, wood, metal, foam and epoxy
34”x 21”x 17” (64” x 21”x 21” with custom pedestal)
Description: monkey bust with spiked hair; more images at: www.claybeast.com/the-visionary
Retail Price: $5,500.00
Backstory: The Visionary is part of an ongoing series of self-portrait monkey busts that re-interpret caricatures from childhood. This piece easily disassembles into 3 separate pieces for transport.
Building castles in your dreams
Are fantasies worth keeping.
Steal your passion from the moon
And stack bricks when not sleeping.
Brian Somerville sculpts his clay beasts solid then dissects, hollows, reassembles and hand carves the entire surface. Additions of mixed media, custom pedestals and short poems give each beast its own entertaining and dynamic narrative.
Brian earned a BFA from the University of Evansville and an MFA from Florida Atlantic University. In addition to his clay beasts, Brian works on public and private commissions, props and sets for film and theater and helps other artists and companies fabricate their ideas. Brian is currently an artist in residence at OZ in Nashville, TN.