Sculpture: Contemplative Figure with Tulips and Butterfly
I have been making these standing figures since 2006. Inspired by Chinese tomb figures, I have thought of them as monks, as nuns and more recently simply as meditating figures. I hand build these hollow then carve and decorate the surface when it is still wet clay.
These are a series of smaller contemplatives. This figure is carved with a detailed rendering of a quaint tulips growing out of the ground, accented by a large green butterfly over the heart under the gold glaze. Cream on the flowers, turquoise and green on the leaves, gold overall. Truly a serene figure.6" deep by 9" wide and 16.5" in height!
Surface is a wonderful medley of turquoise, olive green, gold and cream glazes. As with all of my sculptures these are meant for indoor enjoyment only.
Signed Sullivan on the body.