Art of missing pieces
The sky is the limit to any talented artist with a creative mind and
a broad sense of imagination ... Some of the paintings and sculptures
that are created by them are indeed awesome. There are artists who have
the ability not only to captivate the onlooker but also portray a
powerful message to them and even keep them analyzing the creations.
here are a few of the awe inspiring creations of an artist who has
managed to leave an indelible imprint in the minds of those who have the
fortune to view his great creations .
Bruno Catalano is a French artist born in southern France in 1960. As
a youth he had admired art but it had been only when he was 30 that he
had tried his hand at sculpting.
He is self taught and has come a long way in making a name for
himself with his remarkable talent.Having initially sculpted in clay he
now uses bronze to give life to his visions ; more than a hundred of his
trademark travellers have come alive under his capable hands.
Catalano's bronze sculptures have one thing in common;they have blank
spaces that make you wonder where the missing pieces are.
Where there should have been a body, a shirt or an arm there is
nothing. Regardless of whether one calls the series by its original
name, "The Travelers" ("Les Voyageurs" in French), or as sometimes
suggested, 'In Search of Missing Pieces, the viewer always has to fill
in the blanks. Sometimes this too is not necessary as the picturesque
background landscape helps to do so ,as you may notice in some of the
sculptures pictured here .
The sculptures with their missing pieces have the power to grip the
viewer and leave him with a seemingly endless string of questions.One
cannot help but wonder how the artist has succeeded in creating such
forceful figures, virtually sculpting around air.
The moment you see the sculptures you may start to wonder how he has
managed to keep the figures in tact when they seem so disjointed. "How
come they don't fall off?" will surely be your first question.
When you start examining them very closely however, you will notice
that the apparently disjointed parts are connected at some point or the
other. He has very cleverly concealed the unifying element that it will
take you a while to detect it.
people or the "travelers' he has sculpted carry some item such as a
bag,suitcase or guitar case in the hand and you may be surprised to
learn that it is the unifying element of all sculptures;the torso or
what is left of it is connected by this item to one leg . The other leg
is sculpted separately and placed next to it and as it has been said by
some experts in the field it "suddenly seems as if the air is sculpted
He's had numerous exhibitions in France, the United States, England
But what's behind his desire to leave out parts and to portray people
travelling? Here's what one of his galleries has to say: '[Bruno
Catalano's] works reveal his desire to capture the viewer's attention
while stamping his unique mark on the subject. These astonishing works,
with their dashed bodies and the determined lack of volume, invite the
viewer to mentally reconstitute its limits.
"Through his statuary, he re-enacts the adventure of the human
species, always between two riverbanks, repelling all borders."
What do you think of all these wonderful creations?Aren't they simply
amazing?You may not be as talented as Bruno Catalano but there may be
some inherent talent in you that you need to identify and develop. Most
people who have achieved fame did not get there overnight... Some had to
face many challenges and overcome numerous hurdles to reach their goals.
So, if you are talented in some field do not hesitate to blossom out in
that area overcoming all barriers. Be inspired by the talented people
who have reached great heights and make your own niche in the world .