I don’t often feature sculpture on lines and colors. I probably should consider it more often. Sculpture can have, after all, both lines and colors.
In the case of Lawrence Northey’s wonderfull small scale sculptures (the one shown here, “Jim & George: Space Cadets” is 30 inches [76cm]), the colors are those of polished brass, aluminum, copper and glass, and the reflected colors of their environment; and the lines are the charmingly whimsical lines of cartoonlike robots.
OK, I’ll admit right off that I’m a complete sucker for robots, particularly shiny, reflective, steampunkishly mechanical robots with completely silly bubble headed space helmets and art deco ray guns, carrying anachronistic apparatus with dials and gauges and accompanied by equally silly mechanical dogs replete with dials and embossed lightning bolt insignia, so I may be inclined to like Northey’s approach.
Sculpture can be be visually appealing in a number of ways, but rarely is is as much outright fun as these beautifully crafted, meticulously detailed and marvelously imaginative creations from Northey’s hands.
Not only do his objects delight the eye with their rich metallic colors and sleek lines, many of Northey’s sculptures actually do things — move, sing, speak, produce music or “Zap!” sounds.
Northey has received recognition several times in the Spectrum collections of contemporary fantastic art and other publications. His gallery shows some of the range of his works. Much of his current work is commissioned. He also has multiple, but limited, editions of certain works.
His site lacks a bio or “About” page, but you can find one here.