The Art of The Brick – LEGO Bricks to be exact!
By now, I think many of you know I am a huge fan of LEGO but this is just ZOMG AMAZING! New York based artist, Nathan Sawaya, took lego to another level of awesomeness! I couldn’t contain that amazement and unknowingly awing away with my mouth wide open as I look into each art piece!!! The same kind of lego I used to play turns into something this mad awesome in the hands of Nathan. If there is ever a chance, I will most definitely want an interview with the artist himself. Please say you will consider holding one of your exhibitions here (BEGSSSSSSS).
About the artist:
Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring works out of some of the most unlikely things. His recent North American museum tours feature large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks. LEGO® bricks to be exact.
A full-time freelance artist, Sawaya accepts commissions from individuals, corporations, and … well just about anyone with a good idea! He’s also available to design and build custom creations at events, photo shoots and conventions.
So let Sawaya know what you have in mind, there are literally no limits to what he can create out of LEGO.
Born in Colville, Washington and raised in Veneta, Oregon, Sawaya’s childhood dreams were always fun. He drew cartoons, wrote stories, perfected magic tricks and also played with LEGO. Sawaya attended NYU. After college he rediscovered LEGO but not as a toy, but rather as a medium.
Today Sawaya has more than 1.5 million colored bricks in his New York art studio. His work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted and is both beautiful and playful. Sawaya’s ability to transform LEGO bricks into something new, his devotion to scale and color perfection, the way he conceptualizes the action of the subject matter, enables him to elevate an ordinary toy to the status of fine art.
According to journalist Scott Jones, “Sawaya is a surrealist mash-up of forms and artists. Imagine Frank Lloyd Wright crossed with Ray Harryhausen, or Auguste Rodin crossed with Shigeru Miyamoto, and you start to get a sense of where Sawaya is coming from.”
Sawaya’s art form takes shape primarily in 3-dimensional sculptures and oversized portraits. He continues to create daily while accepting commission work from around the world.
All pictures are from the artist website at http://brickartist.com/