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Copper Animal Sculptures by Artist Wang Ruilin Are Embedded with Nature’s Sublime Elements

August 18, 2020

Grace Ebert

“66°​​​​​​​ N” (2020), copper and paint. . All images © Wang Ruilin Artist Wang Ruilin (previously) visualizes nature’s interconnectivity by literally imprinting a rocky terrain or ice cap onto the bodies of wild animals. His recent copper-and-paint sculptures include a panda with a black back stripe and limbs that are covered in a mountainous ridge and a white blanket of clouds. Similarly, the waters of the Arctic Circle wrap around a polar bear’s lower back and hind legs, contrasting its otherwise smooth fur. Often positioned in states of repose, the creatures are evoking Earth’s most sublime features through surreal placements….

 

 



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Surreal Beasts Carrying the Weight of the World by Wang Ruilin

January 7, 2016

Christopher Jobson

DREAMS-Crocodile, 2013. Copper & paint, 120×46×120 cm. Photo by Zou Shengwu. Beijing-based artist Wang Ruilin (previously) is known for his gentle depictions of animals both real and fictional that appear to carry the heavy weight of mountains, oceans, and entire miniature worlds on their backs. The smooth and sinuous copper sculptures borrow from elements of Eastern classical painting merged with Ruilin’s personal experiences and interpretations of his dreams. The artist frequently shares a mix of old and new artworks on Behance, and you can see more on his website. DREAMS-Crocodile, detail. DREAMS-Crocodile, studio view. DREAMS-FAWN, 2015. Copper & paint. DREAMS-FAWN…

 

 



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Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin

September 23, 2014

Johnny Waldman

In an ongoing series titled “Dreams,” Chinese sculptor Wang Ruilin creates surreal animals that don’t act like animals at all. Their backs, and sometimes their antlers, function as arcs that carry monumental elements of nature like lakes and mountain cliffs. It’s like an animal-version of Noah’s Arc without people. “Leaving individuals behind is painful”, admits the 29-year old sculptor, but it allows us to reduce confusion and see the value and force of life. Ruilin’s copper sculptures are the result of Eastern classical painting and imagery that’s been combined with past experiences. He recalls a life-changing incident when, at the…

 

 

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