Christopher David White is a trompe l’oeil sculptor whose works are handmade predominantly from clay and rendered with acute attention to detail, often resembling decaying pieces of wood, rusted metal, and other objects in various stages of deterioration.
Known for his hyper-realistic sculptures, Christopher David White is an American artist who uses only chunks of clay to transform them into eye-deceiving sculptures that anyone can bet that are carved from decaying wood.
After White received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Indiana University in 2012, he went on to receive his Master of Fine Arts in Clay from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015.
Christopher David White’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally and held within numerous private collections.
His skills to turn ceramic into impeccably look-alike wood sculptures are modeling, molding, and casting, and they produce incredible textures.
White starts by shaping the initial form with knots and branches.
After that, he is imprinting large grooves for the grain.
The process includes waiting for the work to dry before he uses knives and wires to produce the natural wood cracks and textures.
The final step of course is painting the sculptures with a largely neutral palette of acrylics so that your eyes will be completed seduced.
In his artist statement, White explains:
With nature undergoing a perpetual transformation, everything derived from nature is subject to the same repetitive cycle of growth and decay—of life and death. Change is a constant reminder that permanence is the ultimate illusion. It is through the creation of hyper-realistic sculpture that I explore the relationship between nature, man, and the phenomenon of impermanence. I seek to expose the beauty that often results from decay while, at the same time, making my viewer question their own perception of the world around them.Christopher David White
You can find much more of his work on his website and Facebook page.
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