Singer of Tales

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Artist: Jon Isherwood, American, born England, 1960
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red granite, 77 x 32 x 39in (195.6 x 81.3 x 99.1cm)
black granite, 60 x 56 x 60in (152.4 x 142.2 x 152.4cm)
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Museum purchase with the Victor and Peggy Barton Creighton Charitable Trust, funds from Jane Stieren Lacy, and the Helen and Everett H. Jones Purchase Fund
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Jon Isherwood's Singer of Tales is comprised of two granite sculptures characterized by their bulbous shapes and intricate patterning. Isherwood uses materials traditionally associated with sculpture along with modern sculpting technologies to create works of art. To begin, Isherwood produces a plaster model which is then digitally scanned. Next, he uses a focused, high-powered laser beam to cut the stone, and lastly polishes the surface of the sculpture.

The organic lines of the sculptures reveal former mentor David Smith’s influence on Isherwood. Smith’s steel sculpture Stainless Network I is in the McNay's collection.
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