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Oliver Meller Fine Stone Sculptures. Welcome to Oliver Meller Fine Stone Sculptures
Oliver at Work I am an artist and sculptor specialising in the creation of intrinsically beautiful works of art shaped from natural stone. My works are all individually created by me from carefully selected stones from across the UK, in my workspace not far from the picturesque rural town of Wortley.
My work is rooted in our relationship with the natural world within the context of the British landscape. Domesticated and Wild animals are used as symbols of this relationship in a contemporary take of our instinctive, and ancient connection with nature. I'm inspired by historic use of animals in art, specifically from prehistoric bronzes which are highly stylised. My forms are exaggerated in a way so as to capture the spirit and movement of the animal, be it vigour and strength, or good humoured playfulness.
I am Happiest when choosing the right piece of stone and turning it into a creature that I can have a conversation with. My aim is for the stone to convey emotion.
These are individually created to be a striking and beautiful piece of art to enhance your interior space. They are produced in a series and are numbered and signed. Visit my website to enlarge pictures with descriptions and prices
These sculptures are individually created to be a striking and beautiful piece of art to enhance your garden space.
These outdoor sculptures vary in size from what can be easily moved to several tonnes, new sculptures are constantly being produced and can be viewed at shows and Art fairs that I attend, (to be informed of upcoming events join my mailing list on the contact page).
All the work shown here can be created for you by commission, alternatively if you have a specific project in mind do not hesitate to get in touch and I will be happy to talk with you about your ideas and possibilities. Visit my website to enlarge pictures with descriptions and prices
Oliver Meller is an emerging artist who combines a deep understanding of the natural world, contemporary, historical, and prehistorically, with a finely honed skill in the shaping of stone.
Oliver has studied art from a young age and was a frequent visitor to cathedral, churches, and museums in search of stone figures and decorative art; he was caught by the idea that the workmanship and process of design were old and he was caught by the idea that the workmanship and process of design were old, and that he could still look upon these pieces of art, sometimes hundreds of years after their creation, in wonder. There form and beauty seemed like an enduring message and it captured his imagination.
In order to turn his sketches and paintings into sculpture and relief tablets Oliver needed to acquire the knowledge and skill that would allow him to work in his chosen medium. Following an Art Foundation course he successfully studied stone carving full time in Dorset for two years and also took courses with the Sheffield based ceramicist Karen Heisenberg. Producing three dimesensional items from fired clay allowed Oliver to play with form and shape in a way not possible in the geometrical world of stonework.
Nowadays all olivers sketches are first transformed into clay maquets before a chisel is even picked up. Such a meticulous approach to his craft explains the high standard of his sculpture, but it doesn't explain the flowing vitality and energy present in every single piece. For this we have to look in the meadows and woodlands of Yorkshire and the Peak District where Oliver spent teenage years helping his master craftsman dry stone waller farther, and also back to the very origins of growing human consciousness when past artisans in the stone and Metal ages produced beautiful images and objects that although simple and primitive in their conception carry an aura of sophistication and meaning which stays with them still.
It is this sense of contained power coupled with the idea of potential, imminent, animation that Oliver strives to create in his own art. Sometimes an artefact or animal or relief scene is realistic with its own recognisable scale, others are more fanciful and stylistic; all are poised in arrested movement, caught in time to be looked at touched, admired. Another strong influence comes from Norse design, and many of his pieces are covered in elegant scroll work, much of which has a direct origin in the magnificent wood carvings integral to Norwegian Stave Churches.
The ever present conflicts between the older, wilder, feral, and the domesticated are a main source of creativity. Oliver relishes the opportunities he sees here to produce beautifully potent creatures that while not anthropomorphic, may often have a deliberate essence of the human about them and a completeness that reconciles that conflict.
How to Buy
If you wish to place an order for a sculpture, please email me stating which piece you would like, and leaving your contact details, I will be in touch regarding payment, and delivery by courier if required. Payment in full is required before the sculpture is sent, while I may have the piece in stock, it maybe that one has to be made, which may take several week as each one is uniquely created.
I am often approached by customers who have something special in mind and want a piece of art making to their requirements, or of a specific subject. If this sounds like you then get in touch by the contact page and we can discuss your idea.
Contact Oliver Meller
Telephone: 07981 258539
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