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SCULPTOR ANDREW DEVRIES

What's News!

 
 

15 Foot Other Side of Eden
Commission Continues...

Andrew's sculpture Other Side of Eden has proven to be one of his most popular and intriguing works. Originally cast in 1980 in a 22" version (edition sold out) Andrew, always seeing the work much larger, on his own created and cast a 62" version in 1991 in an edition of 9 (4 left in this edition). In 2003 a 37" version was commissioned by a patron in an edition of 12 (4 left in this edition).

This work holds a very special place in Andrew's heart as it was the very first sculpture that 'appeared' to him completely finished…in his mind's eye. As many of you know Andrew's career started in a ballet studio drawing dancers, both in motion and at rest, just as his artistic hero Degas did before him. Andrew had already begun to sculpt, but would still visit the studios and draw the dancers. One night a male dancer completing the last grand jeté of a series crashed into the studio's wall. Andrew had in that moment a flash of inspiration, and actually saw the dancer going through the wall.

Finally, 35 years later - this magnificent work will be brought to life in a monumental version thanks to supportive (and thrilled!) patrons Thomas H. and Mary Steffek Blaske in Ann Arbor Michigan. This fifteen foot work is expected to take a year to complete.

With all the excitement of this large commission, there is burgeoning interest in the other current versions of this sculpture. One 37” version is being purchased by patrons in Paris and one 62" version is to be installed this fall at the new BMC Cancer Center in Pittsfield, MA.

Andrew has set a target date of May 2016 for the work to be finished in bronze. He anticipates that the making of the rubber molds of the clay will take up to a month to complete and by the time the entire sculpture is covered, there will be over 55 individually separate molds! The bronze casting will begin after Labor Day and it is his hope to have all the sections cast and ready to assemble before the snow flies.

We’ll keep you updated on all the progress of this colossal sculpture!

 
 
WMHT-TV: AHA! A House for Arts
 

WMHT-TV, the PBS station that broadcasts out of Albany, NY brought its show "AHA! A House for Arts" to Andrew's River Studio this past October. AHA! features the stories of artists, makers, and creative institutions in our local region and across the country celebrating all things creative and featuring everything from the traditional to the innovative.

Matt Rogowicz, producer of AHA! for the weekly program and Kurt Warner, independent filmmaker arrived on a beautiful fall day to Andrew's studio in the Berkshires. With the foundry furnace fires roaring the team jumped right into filming Andrew pouring molten bronze into ceramic shell molds for the large This Man Who Flies at his casting studio. After exploring the other parts of the process that take place in that building, the filming continued back at the barn studio to capture the other stages of the sculpting process – from original sketch and working with a model (there was a live model present) to rubber molds, pouring waxes, wax chasing, bronze chasing and the final step of patination (they filmed Andrew creating a patina on the second casting of Echoes, photo on left).

The beautifully filmed episode with Andrew aired on November 19th, 2014, and Andrew's segment is now on You Tube here. The entire episode can be found at the WMHT website here (Andrew's segment is first).

Kurt Warner (with camera) and producer Matt Rogowicz
set up a shot
with Andrew at River Studio


 

New! Musician & Jester Sculpture
Note Card Set

Designed by Andrew, this newest note card set uses playful images from his Musician & Jester Sculptures, with unique backgrounds that suggest the character of each sculpture. There is a total of 8 different cards with envelopes in each box. These make excellent gifts to share your love of Andrew's work with friends. Call us at the studio at (413) 238-7755 to order this fun and exciting card set!

Cost: $25 for 8 Cards w/ Envelopes


 

Other Note card Sets Available

Andrew has 4 other note card sets currently: an Outdoor Sculpture series, a Angel Pastel series, a series of bronze Dance Sculptures and a Dance Pastel series based on sketches created in Dance Studios. These make excellent gifts to share your love of Andrew's work with friends. Call the studio at (413) 238-7755 with questions or to order!

Outdoor Sculpture Cards: $25 for 10
Angel Pastel Cards: $20 for 8
Dance Sculpture Cards: $20 for 8
Dance Pastel Cards: $20 for 8

(Click here to see a slide show of Andrew's Angel Pastels)

(Click here to see a slide show of Andrew's Dance Pastels)



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