Sculpture of Realist, Exploring Historical, and Contemporary Narratives by Erik Durant
Erik Durant is a figurative sculptor residing in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, he studied History and Sculpture at Southern Connecticut State University. In 2001 he moved to New Bedford to attend the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, receiving an MFA in Sculpture in 2004.
Durant’s personal work is a quest to understand the human condition. As a sculptor his main interests lie in gesture, movement, and pose. His works are at times Illustrative, but always realist, exploring historical, and contemporary narratives — both known, and unknown.
While many of the characters that he chooses to sculpt seem to be rooted in the past, they are his own imaginings of things not fully understood. Issues surrounding beauty, the body, and identity, give rise to a version of contemporary mythology that is new, yet seemingly familiar.
An Elected Member of the National Sculptors Society, Durant exhibits his work nationally, recently showing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lexington, Kentucky, and Portland, Oregon. He has also shown work in New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Texas, and throughout southern New England.
In addition to Durant’s personal work, his public commissions include the New Bedford Fisherman’s Tribute Monument and the memorial statue for former Massachusetts State Representative Tom Lopes. Both of these life-size bronze works were installed in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 2016.
The images on this site represent a legacy of hard work and dedication to the practice of sculpting and observing the human figure.
Each year, Durant has project, “Faces Stories Tell’ is an annual veterans portrait project. He will select a single veteran to depict in bronze and present that veteran with a life-size portrait bust on Veteran’s Day, but the veteran must be able to sit for the sculptor for a minimum of three separate three-hour sessions at his sculpture studio.
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