Russel Whiting

Russell Whiting

Self-taught sculptor

Mr. Whiting is a self taught artist who has been drawing and carving wood since his childhood. He learned to work with an oxy-acetylene torch in the oil fields of Louisiana. Mr. Whiting's unique technique is using the oxy-acetylene torch to carve steel into graceful figures. In addition he uses hammered and welded techniques.

In 1990 I began using steel and techniques I had learned in the oil fields of the Gulf of Mexico. Those techniques I have found to be unique to my process. Strongly influenced by classical forms, I have begun to recognize the validity of my own subconscious dialogue as an important source for my work. This fusion results in classicism with contemporary execution. The creation of my images is influenced by many factors: religion, ancient cultures, cinema, other artists, etc. The images are combined and mutated and reborn with no regard to logic or their cultural origins.