Soulful is the perfect word to describe our expanding Vintage Artifacts and One-of-a-Kind Collection we are offering in several of our showrooms. They are created by two artists we would like to introduce today as everyone prepares to embark for High Point Market this coming weekend or early next week. Remember to make an appointment so we can provide you with lunch and a knowledgeable rep.
Each Piece One of a Kind
If you have visited us in High Point during the past few years, or any of our other showrooms recently, you’ve likely seen soulful one-of-a-kind sculptures intermingled with our products, each creation a personable accessory for the most refined or casual spaces. These include a variety of faces carved in clay and powerful masks and sculptures made of metal. The ceramic sculptures that tug at the heart whether the expression is smiling, singing, or exhibiting a look of surprise are made by Arjan Deng. The metal pieces with fantastic ethnic vibes are created by Prakit Seehawong.
The Soulful Faces by Arjan Deng
Thai artist Arjan Deng, shown above making sculptures, was born in the late 1950s, and has devoted his life to arts and crafts. He is best known in Thailand as a painter, which has been the creative thread of his life. He has also worked with recycled metal and concrete, and now he creates with his newest passion, clay.
He is obsessed with facial expressions and the manifestation of feelings—pleasure, ecstasy, surprise, happiness, worry, and fear. These are central in his paintings and now in his glazed ceramics. This collection is a limited edition. Each piece is unique with a soulful, anthropomorphic vibe.
Prakit Seehawong Strikes and Ethnic Vibe
Newer to our lineup is a distinctive collection of recycled metal sculptures and masks by Thai artist Prakit Seehawong, who has studied primitive art from Africa and Asia for many years, and has been particularly inspired by all forms of iron work. He developed his particular aesthetic by concentrating on one of his biggest points of interest: the interpretation of eyes on human faces. In fact, he says that capturing the expression of the eyes is essential to his creations.
After finishing his schooling, Prakit began working alongside a blacksmith. It was then, while acquiring used metals for their work, when he discovered the concept of recycling. This combination of skill and material led to his career path—re-creating human faces with scrap metal. His works are globally shown from Paris and Lyon, France, to Taipei, Taiwan, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia—and now in the U.S. through the Currey & Company showrooms. This collection, which is a limited edition, brings a stunning whimsical and remarkably lifelike visage to a space.
Soulful Creations for Instant Smiles
You can see the soulful creations by these two artists in our showrooms in Atlanta and Dallas any time, or in High Point from June 5 through 9 and there during First Tuesday events each month. They are available for purchase and we will ship them. Because they are one-of-a-kind, images are not available and they are not posted on our website. The art objects must be seen in person to truly appreciate their originality so stop by IHFC – M110, Main if you’re in High Point (you’ll find the shuttle stop and other information here). We bet these artful offerings will bring a smile to your face when you come upon them!