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Christopher Cairns

1. photo: Joan Kanes, 1985

Christopher Cairns’ figurative bronzes are often the vehicles for his emphatic thoughts on the human condition (death, love, and suffering). During the 1980s Cairns created several large bronze sculptures of the female figure. These works are rendered in flat planes with an interplay of convex and concave forms. However, these sculptures possess a deep significance, one that goes beyond the aesthetic beauty of the piece. The artist states, “The quest for some personal religious framework permeates the themes and attitudes of my sculpture. Present also are recurring psychological determinants. The sculptures draw on a thematic pool that has fed many artists from the past: love, death, metamorphosis, redemption, violence, and so on.”

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