The world of artists is full of colors, materials, designs, visual, and imitation of nature’s creations. For a passionate artist, anything can work as canvas or material for expression of their thoughts in life-like figures. Some artists chose to stick with driftwood they collected from shores and riverbeds. They assemble lifeless, rotting driftwood into unbelievably energetic and elegant sculptures. We have handpicked five of the best driftwood artists and their striking creations that will leave you in a state of awe. Take a look:
Driftwood sculptures by Matt Torrens
Matt Torrens, a Canadian artist, loves to work with salvaged driftwood. His passion is transforming rotten woods into, almost, living animal sculptures. His love for art began in childhood, and later he worked with a huge range of materials including clay, metal and stone to make a name for himself in the art world. His particular love for driftwood started in 2003 when he laid his hands on Manzanita driftwood. The natural blemishes and notches of driftwood gave him enormous advantage to add shape and movement to his animal sculptures. He has built many animal sculptures ranging from a life-sized upright bear to a wave with the three horses running out of the break.
Driftwood sculptures by James Doran-Webb
Artist James Doran-Webb deserves appreciation for the way he has created detailed gestures of movement in his driftwood animal sculptures. Rabbits, horses, fighting eagles, dragon and birds appear to be in infinite motion. All of them crafted from driftwood collected from shorelines and riverbeds of Philippines. Webb has sculpted a number of fantabulous sculptures since 2000s. On top of that, Webb places his sculptors against excellent backgrounds.
Driftwood sculptures by Jeffro Uitto
Jeffro Uitto spends lot of time collecting pieces of wood pieces on the shores of Tokeland, the banks of Smith Creek and in the valleys of the Willapa Hills. He has been using his collection to create exquisite sculptures and furniture pieces since high school. From majestic rearing horse to a soaring giant eagle has fetched him appreciation from visitors.
Driftwood sculptures by Heather Jansch
Heather Jansch is perhaps the most famous artist who specializes in creating amazing sculptures of horses and other animals with driftwood. Horses attracted him particularly and he used to draw them as a kid. Eventually, she ended up creating amazing sculptures using driftwood gathered from estuaries and the local woodland. Each and every sculpture in her collection is unique in itself. Each piece of raw driftwood is meticulously picked up to provide extensive details of animal body and muscles.
Driftwood sculptures by Andries Botha
Andries Botha, a South African artist, is known for his mammoth, strikingly life-like elephant sculptures. One of his best sculpture projects, You Can Buy M Heart and MY Soul, was installed at Triennial of Contemporary Art by the Sea in 2006. The sculptures can easily fool anyone with their realistic silhouettes. His sculptures send out message of efforts to conserve this majestic animal and its habitat.