Non-objective and Biomorphic Sculpture

Non-Objective and Biomorphic Sculpture

Non- Objective Sculpture:  

A non-representational form that does not reference natural forms. It arises from a constructive manipulation of the sculptor’s generalized, abstract ideas of spacial relations, volume, line, color, texture, and so on. The approach of the non-objective sculptor is like that of a music composer, who manipulates the elements of his art in a similar manner.

Dame Barbara Hepworth ‘Orpheus (Maquette 2) (Version II)’, 1956, edition 1959© Bowness, Hepworth Estate
Artist: Barbara Hepworth. In the 1950s Hepworth found new ways in which to make abstract sculpture. Having previously concentrated on carving, she made a number of constructions. One of the most finely balanced, this is a version of a larger work, Theme on Electronics (Orpheus), made for an electronics firm. The form and the title bring together ideas of a harmony between modern technology and musical composition.
Artist: Naum Gabo. Space and time remained Gabo’s main artistic preoccupations and he aimed to produce a self-contained object that would suggest the universal and infinite.


Biomorphic Sculpture:

A term commonly associated with abstract sculpture, used to describe forms that are organic in nature. These forms are often directly derived from shapes found in nature.

Biomorphic Sculpture. Artist: Henry Moore
Jean Arp (Hans Arp) ‘Sculpture to be Lost in the Forest’, 1932, cast c.1953–8© DACS, 2014
Artist: Jean Arp. In the 1920s and 1930s Arp developed a type of biomorphic sculpture that suggested a parallel between artistic creativity and creation in nature. The shapes in his work evoke worn pebbles, buds and other natural forms.


Biomorphic Scultpure. Artist: Jean Arp






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