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When you think of art, you usually visualize pretty paintings and exotic sculptures. In other words, femininity could be said to be the underlying theme in many of the art pieces we see today. But an artist by the name of Clint Neufeld may just about change that perspective with the success of his sculptures that depict masculine forms like engines and transmissions. Such an inspiration may seem a bit odd amidst all the whimsically beautiful sculptures we’ve seen but Neufeld’s works are gorgeous. The unconventional theme only seems to add to the appeal.
Neufeld is a Canadian sculptor who completed his BFA from the University of Manitoba. He also finished his masters in fine arts from Concordia University. Aside from ceramic, Neufeld also makes use of wax. Among the many artists out there, he’s influenced by the likes of minimalist Donald Judd and installation artist Ann Hamilton.
His pieces are primarily made out of porcelain that leaves the sculptures looking glossy and creamy. If you’re wondering why he chose engines and transmissions as his inspiration, it could have something to do with the fact that he served in the Canadian Army for three years. You can’t get more masculine than that.
His art work, while extremely male, is crafted with such care and delicateness that he seems to fuse both masculine and feminine qualities in his creations. The ceramic cast sculptures give banal products a whole new feel and style, something that we haven’t seen much in projects by other sculptors.
The male figures in Neufeld’s life seem to have played a big role in his period as an artist. He recalls having his grandfather wash his hands with gasoline when he would stain them with paint or other solutions. The act, he says, was done out of love in a typically male manner and no doubt had a bearing on his inspiration for his projects.