Spanish Artist, Martín Consuegra was born in Toledo, Spain, in 1957. Throughout his time as an artist he has worked in various mediums, from ceramic to glass and furniture design. Moulds of each piece are first hand-sculpted in clay. This allows him to hone shapes and add textural details that will be captured in each casting. He then covers the clay in a plaster shell that will become the mould. Finally, he casts the sculptures in the mould with a material of his choosing, adding a few details and small elements at the end to bring the piece together.
The sculpture titled ‘Hug’ is cast in bronze, finished with a rich black patina colour. I love the circular nature of the piece. The way that it’s designed allows the eye to travel across the whole piece before naturally being led around again. Along the way, subtle differences in textures catch the eye, adding intrigue and dynamism.
In the piece ‘Ibis’, Consuegra takes the representation of an animal and breaks its form down into abstract shapes. I love that he used a more organic colour for this sculpture. The cutout feature is still present in this piece, a constant theme throughout his work. You can look through and around.
Martín Consuegra is a master of creating abstract sculptures full of feeling. His body of work, united by rich patina colors, strong lines, and cutouts central to the composition, makes his work easy to distinguish from others. After viewing his sculptures, I’m confident he could take any feeling, idea, or creature, and design it in a way to fit his style.
It’s also fascinating to watch his video embedded below that gives an insight in to how he sketches his ideas. We have a true creative at work here who is passionate about his art and showcasing it to the world.