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Clarita Brinkerhoff

Making sculptural forms in glass and metal since 1999. Inspired primarily by nature. My basic principle is the sculpting of natural forms. The details in this creation are in perfect harmony with the shape of the subject. The result is a satisfying art form and emotional expression.

Full Biography

Born in Medellin Colombia, 1966

Trained in Architecture, University Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin Colombia Bauder College, BA,

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Making sculptural forms in glass and metal since 1999. Inspired primarily by nature. My basic principle is the sculpting of natural forms. The details in this creation are in perfect harmony with the shape of the subject. The result is a satisfying art form and emotional expression.

Process

After several years of trial and error, Clara perfected her art – nature-inspired masterpieces standing 18 to 48 inches tall, made mostly of metal and crystals, up to 45,000 stones in each sculpture.

Going through many of the same creation stages as jewelry, these designs are first sculpted in clay, carved and shaped. Then, a wax model is pulled from the clay forms to be corrected and used as the final mold. From there, holes are drilled into the mold for the stones. The mold is then put on a spinning wheel that through centrifugal force creates a perfect casting without air bubbles. Pewter is then injected into the mold while it is still on the wheel. The separate pieces of the design are then welded together the resulting product then goes through grinding and polishing, as well as copper plating and a final plating to give the object shine and to protect it from tarnishing, then every single crystal is set one by one by hand.

The immense popularity of the pieces, however, is making expansion inevitable. Collectors stretching from Hong Kong, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, New Delhi, Mumbai to Los Angeles to New York, seem to be buying them faster than they can be produced (approximately 20 pieces per month), quite often purchasing two or three designs at one time.

Exhibitions:

Rosenbaum Contemporary, Bal Harbour, Fl 2014,15, 16, 17,18,19

Baker Sponder Gallery, Boca Raton, Fl 2014,15, 16,17,18,19

SeaFair Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2013

Seafair, Miami Beach, 2008,2009,13

SeaFair, Sarasota, 2011

Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago 2007, 2008,2009

Art Palm Beach, Florida 2006, 2007, 2008, 09, 10, 11,12,13,14,18

Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Florida 2006,09,10,11,12,13,14

Daido Galleries, Tokyo, Japan. 2007,2008, 09,10,11,12

Art Basel, Lincoln Center Tom Lollar, Miami Beach. 2007, 08, 09,10,11,12,13, 14, 15,16

Sofa Art Expo, Chicago, 2007, 2008, 2009,10,11,12, 13, 14

Karen Lynne Contemporary, Boca Raton, Florida. 2007, 08,09,10,

Maison & Object, Paris France, 2008, 09, 10, 12, 13, 14

Arij Gasiunansen Gallery, Palm Beach, Fl 2006, 07, 08,09,10,11, 12, 13

H&W Gallery, Naples, Florida, 2009,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17, 18

Art Expo, New York, 2008

Architectural Digest Best in Design Show, 2008,09,10,11,12,13, 14

Ritz Carlton Gallery, Naples, Fl 2009,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18

India Art Fair, New Delhi India January 2015

Wynn Hotel LV, Las Vegas Nevada, 2008,09-10,11,12, 13,14,15, 16

Wayland Galleries, Key West, Sarasota, 2015, 16, 17, 18, 19

Ocean Blue Galleries, Saint Petersburg, Winter Park 2016, 19

Biba Gallery, Palm Beach. 2015, 16,17,18,19

Corazon Contemporary, Santa Fe 2017, 18, 19

Sienna Gallery, Fort Lauderdale 2018, 19

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Artwork Collections

Illustiration Art Collection

Like Norman Rockwell, Seuss personally created every rough sketch, preliminary drawing, final line drawing and finished work for each page of every project he illustrated. Despite the technical and budgetary limitations of color printing during the early and mid-twentieth century, Dr. Seuss the artist was meticulous about color selection. He created specially numbered color charts and elaborate color call-outs to precisely accomplish his vision for each book. Saturated reds and blues, for example, were carefully chosen for The Cat in the Hat to attract and maintain the visual attention of a six-year-old audience. By the time Seuss’s book career took off, sharp draftsman skills were evident in drawings. His ability to move a storyline ahead via illustrations filled with tension, movement and color became a hallmark component of his work, and the surreal images that unfolded over six decades became the catalyst for a humorous and inspired learning experience.

Bronze Collection

Artist Leo Rijn, the inaugural sculptor for the Dr. Seuss Tribute Collection I, was selected to launch this project due to his prized work with some of today’s top talent in the world of film, entertainment and the visual arts (including Tim Burton, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg). Rijn has been identified as one of today’s brightest sculpting talents because of his ability to breathe life into the written word and successfully transform two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional works of art. Universal Studios commissioned Leo to develop and oversee the creation of numerous maquette scale models for the Monumental Dr. Seuss Sculptures at Seuss Landing in Orlando, Florida. Leo was instrumental in the art direction for many of the sculpted characters and buildings now on display at this permanent Seuss attraction. His strikingly accurate Seuss works embody a masterful and intuitive Seussian sensibility, establishing him as a leading talent in interpretive sculpting.

Taxidermy Colletion

Seuss embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. What was most unusual for these mixed-media sculptures was the use of real animal parts including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Seuss’s father was superintendent. Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy was born in a cramped New York apartment and included a menagerie of inventive creatures with names like the “Two Horned Drouberhannis,” “Andulovian Grackler,” and “Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn.” Shortly after Seuss created this unique collection of artworks, Look Magazine dubbed Seuss “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” To this day, Seuss’s Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy remains as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multi-dimensional creativity.

 

Secret Art & Archives

Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Seuss created a body of irrepressible work that redefines this American icon as an iconographic American artist. Yet, the Secret Art often shows a side of the artist that most readers, familiar with him through his classic children’s books, have never seen. This collection, created over a period of more than 60 years, encompasses the entirety of Seuss’s multi-dimensional talent. The artistic golden thread highlighted throughout this collection is apparent in each wildly imaginative and surreal Secret Art image. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss is an inimitable collection of artworks created at night for his own personal enjoyment. These works were rarely, if ever, exhibited during his lifetime and provide a deeper glimpse into the art and life of this celebrated American Icon.

http://www.authorizedgallery.com/secret-art-archive-works
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