Conversations with characters in one's own head are certifiable symptoms, however, for sculptor/fine artist Stuart Kusher, these intra-personal dialogues ignite his endless imagination and give birth to faces familiar, yet unknown.
A lifetime of observation or what Stuart calls "People Studying," anchors his unbridled energy into each work of art, which resonates emotionally. Such fusion of both heart and hand distinguishes Stuart's work from every other sculptor. When he enters the studio, the raw blocks of clay engage Stuart in conversation where his subject relays his story, and he in turn tells it through the medium of bronze.
His work speaks of men with attitude, men who live hard, men who play hard, and men who make things happen, but mostly, it's how Stuart breathes life into each one of his bronzes. Each unforgettable face expresses the life behind the man.
Stuart is a true renaissance man- an artist with multiple passions. Constantly aware, forever curious, Stuart knows the collection of life's little moments will kindle the fire behind his character's eyes. His work is unique at every angle, and he consistently finds ways to surprise and engage his audience.
Stuart has been an artist his entire life and demonstrated a proclivity towards creating with his hands during his childhood in Brooklyn N.Y. and Los Angeles. A self-taught sculptor, Stuart was recognized as one of the top young artists in L.A., earning him into a group show at LACMA. His first sculptures began with an Exacto knife and a kneaded eraser. At the Art Center College of Design, Stuart traded new erasers for his classmates' used ones when he wanted to achieve a darker skinned subject.
Upon graduating with honors from ACCD, Stuart embarked upon a award-winning career as a creative director, designing key art for some of Hollywood's most acclaimed movies. His sense of style has been seen all around the world in top fashion magazines. From print to broadcast, Stuart's reputation as a top creative in the entertainment industry is well known. Stuart found two agencies: Metro Advertising and Workhorse (www.workhorseadv.com), art directing print campaigns and shoots for major television networks (NBC, CBS, ABC), major studios (MGM, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Warner Bros.), and fashion organizations (MAGIC International).
Sculpting has always been a base from which Stuart has ventured out into the world, often wielding his art form for philanthropic gains. He was honored to create the signature AIDS pin for Tuesday's Child, which was worn by Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks the evening they both received their Academy Award. Stuart recently designed and installed a thirty foot mural in the new downtown Midnight Mission.
Stuart's trademark style of capturing personality and emotion in his sculptures, which range from tabletop to large monuments to the human experience, evoke intimate attachments to each piece. The detailed facial expressions hint at an exchange that has occurred beyond the bronze.