Sebastian is a unique 8 foot (243 cm) bronze statue created using state of the art 3D scanning and printing technology, marrying together the ancient and the contemporary in process and concept. Taking its main inspirations from the Greco-Roman depictions of the boy/god Antinous, the Christian saint and martyr Saint Sebastian, and the myth of Narcissus, all coupled with the current obsession with the "selfie”, this major work is both an exploration of contemporary representations of the masculine form and a comment on the icon and its place in contemporary culture.
The work also exists in numerous further incarnations, echoing the obsession of Emperor Hadrian (Antinous' lover) who, upon the death of the boy, commissioned more sculptures and likenesses of him than any other figure in classical times and deified him into a god.
Polaroid works taken in and around Los Angeles throughout 2017. 10.7 x 8.8 cm each, signed and dated on verso, unique.
The Sluggard (after Leighton), 2014
The Sluggard (After Leighton) 2014 Painted aluminium 50 x 27 x 17 cm Unique +2APs
I was recently commissioned by a gallerist in New York to make a 50 x 27 x 17 cm aluminium statue using the same process as Sebastian. The inspiration came from a life-size bronze statue from 1885 entitled The Sluggard by Frederic Leighton of the "perfect" male body.
Working with an art fabricator based here in Los Angeles who produce work for artists including Jeff Koons and Charles Ray and as with Sebastian, the model (Brad) was 3D scanned to create a 3D printable blank for casting. I chose aluminium over bronze in this instance as I wanted to work with a more contemporary material.
After casting the aluminium was painted to give it the look and feel of marble and a miniature version of the "Brad" necklace the model was wearing during the scanning (made from polished steel) was added to give it a contemporary presence and is definitely my favourite part of the piece.
1421 Laveta Terrace, 2014
Forty-two unique Polaroids taken whilst artist-in-residence at Tom of Finland Foundation in Echo Park, Los Angeles in 2014. A selection of these Polaroids was exhibited in Los Angeles at Edward Cella Gallery June 20th to July 18th 2015. Each 10.7 x 8.8 cm, signed and dated on verso, unique.