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Stephen Walling
Nagamba: Abstract Geometric Pop Art Wood Wall Sculpture, Burgundy, Yellow, White


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Abstract geometric, pop art style, three-dimensional wood wall sculpture in burgundy, yellow, and white, with accents of royal blue "Nagamba", hand-carved wooden wall sculpture by Hudson Valley artist, Stephen Walling, made in 2022 24 x 24 x 3.5 inches Carved wood and acrylic on three tiered panel Signed, verso This abstract, three-dimensional wall sculpture was made by sculptor, Stephen Walling, in 2022. The work is composed on a three tiered wood panel, painted a deep burgundy. Hand carved wood blocks in geometric shapes painted in a bright white with royal blue sides are arranged in sporadic patterns around the tiered panels as they decrease in size, creating fun shadows and color juxtapositions at every angle. The sides are cleanly painted burgundy so the piece does not need to be framed. About the artist and work: Stephen Walling demonstrates a trained eye with wall relief sculptures of colorfully painted wood strips and blocks, intricately carved and composed into graphic arrangements. Although Walling’s sculptures are crafted around a dedication to color and shape, his newest body of works reveals a shift in inspiration and evolution in studio process. In earlier work, the artist took his cues from nature; representational forms based on the shapes of trees, slopes of the Catskill mountains and even aerial views were most prevalent. He also experimented with photo-collage, pasting images of back lit forests on varying heights of wood. More recently, Walling has found increasing comfort in the possibilities of abstraction. Walling now follows a kind of ‘mind-map’, influenced by almost anything and everything, when creating a new sculpture. The premeditated image leads Walling to the selection of all colors, shapes, and arrangements. Recent work demonstrates a fascination with light and shadow. Individual pieces of intricately carved wood unite to create various shadows that work to create a dazzling optical illusion. Ranging depths of wood are often enhanced with color painted on different sides of each block. This hint of color encourages the viewer’s eye to travel throughout Walling’s surfaces as perspective reveals transitions in palette and shadow.
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