Richard Stainthorp makes some of the more intricate wire sculptures, and strikingly lifelike ones at that. The wires twist and weave until they from large human-like sculptures. Even if they lack faces or skin, they have fluidity and dynamics of flesh. They take shapes of women and angels, all of them stunning in metal. The highly porous surface should feel alien to those used to skin, but it isn’t. That’s the mark of a true master.
Stainthorp has created these alluring artworks for almost 20 years. They don’t have any facial features, but through their body language, we understand their emotions. Some look as though they’re falling and communicate a feeling of freedom or infinite possibility. Another sculpture has a breathtaking set of wire “wings” that appear as its shield. To think that Stainthorp articulates all of this through something as ubiquitous as wire is incredible.
Believe it or not, wire is a perfect medium for recreating the look of the human body. Its many strands can be used to mimic its muscles and curves and the finished result is beautiful. Take a look at the photos below and see for yourself just how breathtaking Stainthorp’s work is.
Breathtaking Wire Sculptures Beautifully Capture the Curves of the Human Body: