New Zealand-born artist Susan Te Kahurangi King is renowned for her abstract-meets-expressionist illustrations. The self-taught artist inhibits an intuitive approach in her drawing process, creating figurative forms on paper without using an eraser in an immediate fashion. In regards to her chosen characters, she often portrays recognizable pop culture subjects in unruly scrawls.
King is the latest artist to collaborate with leading contemporary art purveyor, Case Studyo, on a new sculptural edition. The ‘UNTITLED’ bronze artwork takes inspiration from a 1959 drawing that depicts a contorted version of Donald Duck, check it out below.
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1958/59 FLASHBACK Untitled, crayon on paper, 20 x 13 cm, c. 1958, Ref: D05079 Courtesy of the artist, Chris Byrne and the @afamuseum Susan Te Kahurangi King Fellowship. ©️The Susan Te Kahurangi King Trust. Susan was aged around 7-8 years when she created this drawing. Swipe to see a photo of her at that time. Photo credit: Doug King (Susan’s father). Courtesy of @thepetitacolecollection, ©️@petitacole #susantekahurangiking
“Working closely with Susan’s family, Case Studyo carefully translated the drawing into a three-dimensional sculpture with the utmost respect for Susan’s compelling visual language. The resulting seminal bronze sculpture celebrates the unique work of an inspiring and astounding artist,” described Case Studyo.
The sculpture will arrive in a signed and numbered edition of eight units alongside four artist proofs. Each piece is packaged inside a bespoke screen-printed wood box with certificates of authenticity. Pricing details have not been relayed, but head over to Case Studyo’s website if you’re interested in purchasing a piece.
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We are pleased to announce “UNTITLED” a bronze sculpture by Susan Te Kahurangi King @susantekahurangiking an expert draughtsperson and unique image maker. Never using an eraser, her drawings show great immediacy, every mark on paper both confident and well-defined. As a self-taught and contemporary artist, Susan expresses her thoughts, fears, delights and fascinations, often incorporating elements from popular culture. It is remarkable that it’s only in recent years her vast body of work, or at least a small proportion of it, has come to light. She has a way of communicating that will challenge you to rethink the way you see the world. — For this collaboration, Case Studyo selected an image from works exhibited to date. The chosen drawing, circa 1959, depicts a contorted figure twisted into itself. The abstraction is instantly recognisable as Donald Duck, the beloved protagonist that has played a role in many childhood memories. Working closely with Susan’s family, Case Studyo carefully translated the drawing into a three dimensional sculpture with the utmost respect for Susan’s compelling visual language. The resulting seminal bronze sculpture celebrates the unique work of an inspiring and astounding artist. Bronze – white patina and hand painted details / 22cm.-8.6” /Edition of 8. Visit casestudyo.com or email@example.com for inquiries and availability. #SusanTeKahurangiKing #bronze #sculpture #edition #8 #selfthaughtartist #casestudy_official