Paul Allen

Wire Sculpture is as varied and diverse as the artists that work in it and no two wire artists work in exactly the same way. A search of the internet will show a very eclectic range of styles and techniques. Initially born out of necessity, the Slovakian Tinkers who are credited as the instigators of wire sculpture turned a trade in making and repairing household items into an art form that grew into a cottage industry.

Sadly this was eventually swallowed up by the mass production methods of the industrial revolution. Povazske Museum in Zilina, Slovakia, still houses many ingenious items and sculptures created by the gypsies that date back 400 years. When Alexander Calder began creating his abstract mobiles from wire in the 1930’s he revived an interest in wire work that is still growing in popularity today.

I have been working in wire for a number of years now and the technique that I use is always developing and evolving. Presently I am working in two of my own techniques; my smaller sculptures are created from single core wire that is made by bending and twisting the wire into shape, gradually building a figure from the inside out.

My larger work is created from wire mesh that is cut into small sections and formed together like a jigsaw puzzle. Initially my wire work focused on the medium itself; I was fascinated with what could be achieved from it in terms of technique and workmanship. I feel that my work now is more about the expression of the figure. I try to give my sculptures a personality and character and I am always looking for ways to make a sculpture come alive.

I completed a BA in Fine Art at the University of Wales Wrexham in 2007 spending my final year specialising in figurative sculpture. The course gave me the opportunity to try a variety of different mediums, but I finally settled with wire because of the strength, simplicity and endless possibilities that it held. I like the fact that wire work is accessible to anyone and all that is needed to get started is a pair of pliers and a reel of wire.

I take my inspiration from many great figurative artists such as Auguste Rodin, Antony Gormley, Demetre Chiparus and Ron Mueck but my main inspiration would be David Mach whose series of sculptures created from coat hangers showed me how, with a little imagination, everyday items can be transformed into beautiful works of art.

A wire sculpture will look different depending on the time of day and lighting conditions and will make a lovely addition to the home or as a present to a loved one. Each figure will capture your heart and is guaranteed to be a lifelong friend.

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank ArtGallery.co.uk for consistently delivering a highly professional service that gives both artists and art collectors a reliable and efficient means of displaying and buying art.

Paul Allen

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