Spark checks in with three artists who continue to find inspiration in the human face and form.
Over many decades, veteran ceramicist Viola Frey has created hundreds of colossal, larger-than-life figures, many of them brightly glazed in a rainbow of colors, that have become favorites of many collectors.
Shifting his focus from documentary and commercial work, iconoclastic photographer Olivier Laude photographs his friends and acquaintances cast as characters in elaborately conceived tableaux that spoof ethnographic portraits.
Using an unholy mix of beans, noodles and yarn, Jason Mecier creates mosaic portraits of friends and celebs that are shockingly realistic and endlessly entertaining.
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Take a peek at the latest work of mosaic portraitist Jason Mecier.
Take a walk on the wild side with photographer Olivier Laude, as he stages his outrageous portraits.
Remembering sculptor Viola Frey and her dedication in creating monumental ceramic figures.
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