“Before the steel horse and modern art, there was the horse and rider, a principle subject in the history of painting and sculpture. Donkayote depicts a centaur being ridden by a human and represents the old as much as the new. A nod to the 17th century novel by Cervantes, Donkayote embodies an idealistic leader who has become disenchanted, romanticizing his own efforts he fails to see the societal shift of the times. Belonging to a new body of work I am developing in response to my isolated experiences in a coastal NSW rainforest and a residency abroad in upstate New York; a series that explores the reciprocal relationship humans have to nature and it's ominous future.”
Steven Bellosguardo fuses contemporary techniques with a traditional approach to sculpture’s original subject, the human figure. Utilizing mediums associated with modernist sculpture, figures are rendered from flat sketches on steel, cut out and assembled, creating an interplay between two- and three-dimensional elements.
Steel, automotive paint
143 x 195 x 50cm