Artists

Paul Metivier

I often begin my work with a crude outline of the human head, and allow it to develop intuitively. I invite change in response to the unsettling qualities of the clay where pretext develops as I realize a silhouette and allow it to become its own. The details come from memory: an inventory of features I have seen in others- features that make up the physiognomy of each portrait. Finally, I rely on the surface to conclude each piece. The viscerally carved clay diverts the origins of the material giving each piece its own tale of creation and demise.

I think of objects of having a life outside their intended use and that their patina serves as evidence of that journey.

Architectural Likeness Series: Portrait of a Hooded Woman
Terracotta paper-clay, Terra sigillata, Nails, Stains
$1,800

Architectural Likeness Series: Portrait of an Apprentice
Terracotta paper-clay, Terra sigillata, Nails, Stains
$1,800

Architectural Likeness Series: Portrait of a Neophyte
Terracotta paper-clay, Terra sigillata, Nails, Stains
$1,800

Architectural Likeness Series: Portrait of a Waterman
Terracotta paper-clay, Terra sigillata, Nails, Stains
$1,800

Architectural Likeness Series: Portrait of an Industrialist
Terracotta paper-clay, Terra sigillata, Nails, Stains
$1,800

Architectural Likeness Series: Portrait of a Novelist
Terracotta paper-clay, Terra sigillata, Nails, Stains
$1,800

Architectural Likeness Series: Portrait of a Clairvoyant
Terracotta paper-clay, Terra sigillata, Nails, Stains
$1,800

Offspring
Terracotta paper-clay, Stain, Watercolor, Graphite
$350-450 each or $11,500

Anatomy Lesson 2
Terra Cotta, Rusted Patina, Steel
16 x 19 x 56 inches
Sold

Anatomy Lesson #1
Terra Cotta, Stain, Steel
9 x 28 x 11 inches
$3,200

Figure Head Series #8
Earthenware with Satins
18.5 x 10.5 x 8.5 inches
Sold

Figure Head
Terra Cotta with Satins
18.5 x 10.5 x 8.5 inches
Sold

Council
Terra Cotta with Satins
3.5 x 2.5 x 3 inches each
Sold

Diablo
Earthenware with Satins
18.5 x 10.5 x 8.5 inches
Sold