Thursday, June 4, 2009

John Pierro Sculpture Studio

Quite some time ago I went to John Pierro's studio to sketch him as he started a new piece. John is a friend from my old Disney Feature Animation days and in recent years he has developed into an amazing sculptor. When John bought his small Orlando home he had the forethought to insulate his garage and turn it into a spacious studio space. When I arrived, Dunkin his aging yet energetic Terrier greeted me at the door with loud barks. Later when Dunkin was used to me he would stop by once in a while to lick me on the elbow as I was sketching. You can just see his snout in the lower right corner of my sketch.
John set a goal for himself of producing 30 sculptures in 60 days. Because of that goal John produced an amazing body of work. Like my sketch a day goal, it forced him to make quick bold choices and live with them. His art blossomed. In a guest bedroom at the front of the house a huge stockpile of sculptures are perched on industrial strength metal shelves, waiting to be discovered by expectant art collectors.
The sculpture John was working on when I stopped in was based on a sketch he did some time ago. It represents how he and his wife, Jacque have grown together as artists. John met Jacque at Disney. The two figures twist and grow together like trees sharing one head. I have followed John's work for some time and it is astounding. It reminds me somewhat of the work of one of my favorite artists, Egon Schiele, with twisted expressionistic human figures. Explore John's portfolio, you will be glad you did.

2 comments:

John Pierro said...

Wow, thanks so much for your kind words Tom. It's nice to read such an account of my path on your blog. I did finally finish that sculpture I started when you visited, and have begun another in a series of ten I hope to do with the same theme. This time I thought I would take some time and try and push the boundaries of design more then I have in the past.
Love your blog, see you later- john

Thor said...

No problem John. Hey I found both ZBrush DVDs so be sure to bump into me at Full Sail. I know ZBrush will open up limitless possibilities for your work. No more worries about heat and gravity.