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Brian Somerville: Blood, Sweat and Tiny Tears

Brian Somerville
Left: The Suit, ceramic, metal, wood, epoxy and foam, 21” x 34” x 17” 
Center: The Patriarch, ceramic, metal, wood, epoxy and foam, 21” x 48” x 17”
Right: The Swashbuckler, ceramic, metal, wood, epoxy and foam, 21” x 39” x 17”
December 9, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Art Case, C Meeter-Greeter Lounge
Brian Somerville grew up in the small town of Clinton, Indiana. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Evansville in Southern Indiana and a Master of Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. His work consists primarily of ceramic sculptures that are built solid, hollowed, reassembled and covered with hand-carved images. He has taught classes and workshops across the country and has worked as a commercial sculptor for the past eight years. Somerville is currently an artist-in-residence at OZ in Nashville, Tenn.

About Blood, Sweat and Tiny Tears
“I sculpt beasts that tell stories.”
Blood, Sweat and Tiny Tears is a collection of life lessons to my kids. As the father of three young boys, I have often confronted the overwhelming responsibility of educating my children about the world. Surrounded by a mob of squirrels, self-portrait monkey busts reinterpret caricatures from my own childhood to explain the brightest and darkest chapters of human existence. If given only moments, my human-like animals are entertaining and often humorous. Lurking under this first impression is a larger conceptual epic with extensive social, political and personal themes.”
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