Daniel Borup - Sculpture

November 5, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Carr Gallery

Opening reception with the artist Friday, November 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Willard Arts Center. Reception supported by KISU, FM-91, Your Ear to the World


Daniel Borup is a sculptor from Shelley, Idaho. His work is inspired by the human figure and combines both abstract and classical elements to create pieces that are both contemporary and timeless.

Artist's Statement

"I strive to make my work come to life. I want my figures to look as if they feel emotions and could walk right off their pedestal. I have spent years studying anatomy and sculpture so I can more accurately render the human figure in all of its many gestures and expressions. This work pays off as the Art Collector connects emotionally or spiritually with my work because of the life I have given it. Strength and Movement are strong themes in my artwork. I make use of fabric, hair, and strained muscles to communicate the motion of the sculpture. I portray positive and inspiring messages, which speak to collectors in an honest way at a deep emotional level. My work fits a wide variety of tastes as I combine classical style figure sculpture with abstract elements, thus creating a contemporary yet timeless feel. Every figure starts with study. Whether it is studying a model sitting in front of me, looking at pictures of clothing and hair styles studying an anatomy book, or reading about a specific person’s life and works. Just as every person has imperfections that make them unique and beautiful I prefer to leave beautiful imperfections in my sculptures. I don’t try to hide how my sculptures are made. On the contrary I leave traces of myself, marks from my sculpting tools and my hands. By leaving these marks I am able to give some of my self to the life of the sculpture. I know a sculpture is done when it has a life of it’s own, when I can feel its presence sitting in my studio."

Sponsored by
LeRoy Knobel • Sandy Thomsen • Marcellar's Vintage Wine & Brews

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