American artist Robin Antar is well-known for her Pop art series and her distinct brand of hyperrealism in stone, carving iconic American food and designer clothing with meticulous detail as lasting monuments to contemporary life.
The early years of Antar’s artistic practice however, even as a teen, were spent in abstraction, with forms visualized from the inside out, rather than the outside in.
Aesthetic beauty and superficial thought were none of her concern in the beginning as she focused on fundamental feelings and basic sensations, resulting in sculptures with an uncommon perspective, jarring color and anomalous form.
Then came her early “graphic works” which were carved with patterns that use an overlapping effect to create tension and a competition of forms, with each form “fighting for its own individuality, as life itself,” Antar says.
Antar turned to realism in the late nineties and despite the notoriety of her Pop art, she still continued her abstract series.
Her “organic works” represented the specific emotions or experience of a particular event in the artist’s life, such as Birth 1. Stone “knots” initially represented the anxieties and difficulties of raising children.
Later sculptures deepened Antar’s exploration, inspired by her life experiences and using a wide variety of stone from around the world. Newer works reflect universal themes of struggle.
“I sometimes need to breathe my emotions into the grooves of my work,” Antar said. “It’s a different process than the realism series.”
In both cases, Antar’s work is infused with all the forces at play. Joy, heartache or rage simply adds more fuel to the fire.
“Whether I’m creating abstracts or realism, my passion is to create virtual records of cultural and personal events that have impacted me greatly,” Antar said.
A new series began surfacing in 2018, as Antar explores combining American culture with the emotionality of her abstractions. Her current work-in-progress involves representing the U.S. Constitution as a stone “knot” sculpture.
“I decided to combine the two art styles in this sculpture to express all the craziness that is going on in our history, not as a political statement but as an observation of events and trends,” Antar states.
All of Robin Antar’s Pop art works are rooted in observation. This new twist with abstraction takes this work beyond the “wow” factor of hyperrealism. “It all ties together with powerful results,” she says. “Whatever is going on, I express it in stone. It could come out as Pop art, as an abstract form, or now as a combination of both. The style I use is one that best reflects the inspiration behind each piece.”
An abstract stone sculpture is the perfect way to showcase creativity and add a modern, unique touch to your home, business, or office.
My creation process is dictated by thoughts and moods. These stone sculptures are the thoughts I have while creating the sculpture.
Sometimes I meditate before I form the sculpture so I can transfer feelings of tranquility to the stone. Alternatively, if I am angry or stressed, I attack the stone with powerful tools such as diamond blades and air hammers.
The beauty of these sculptures is that each has a unique soul. My goal is to bring a rock new life by breathing my emotions into its grooves. This means that each has its own character that is different from any other sculpture.
My sculptures come in some basic varieties, all created to represent specific emotions or experience. These styles include:
While there are many previously made sculptures available for sale, I can also create a custom sculpture for you.
If you are interested in purchasing an abstract stone sculpture, browse through the images here to see which ones are still available, or contact me to ask questions about my work.