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Large Brutalist Abstract Wall Sculpture Brass and Copper Stephen Chun, 1970s

$1,100

About

An excellent example of decorative wall sculpture dating to the 1970s, by artist and maker Stephen Chun. Chun studied at art school in Taipei, graduating in the late 1960s. He was keenly interested in metalwork. He moved back to his native Hong Kong and started producing a series of Brutalist sculptural works in the early 1970s. He worked with stainless steel, copper and brass, folding and treating them with various tools, torches, bits, punches and etching solutions before molding them over plywood forms and creating assemblages. He mounted these on larger, thin sheets of metal fixed over plyboard. In this way he was able to form an endless array of abstract patterns. No two of his works are the same, but his production was prolific. He was represented at Gallery Hawaii in Honolulu, and in Taiwan and Hong Kong by two as yet unknown galleries (research is ongoing). His work was very popular with Australian tourists to Hong Kong in the 1970s and similarly so with US visitors from the mainland to Hawaii. Australia, Taiwan and the USA have therefore emerged as the key markets in which his work is being newly appreciated. Each work is unique but clearly recognizable, due to his distinctive style and method. This makes his works, which are usually unsigned, easily identifiable and rather collectable. They tend to be in standard sizes of approximately 50 x 50 cm, or 50 x 90 cm for larger works. This also means they sit very well together as 'tiles', hung together in a collection on one wall, as illustrated in our photos. Chun's work is just now gaining recognition and the appreciation it deserves as part of the Brutalist architectural and decorative movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Keen admirers of Brutalism and owners of 1970s homes have been collecting them for years. His works are something to watch out for - we predict a lot of interest as this artist becomes better known.

Details

  • Similar to
    Paul Evans (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.08 in. (51 cm)Width: 35.83 in. (91 cm)Depth: 1.97 in. (5 cm)
  • Style
    Brutalist (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    AppliquéBrass,EtchedCopper,Plywood
  • Place of Origin
    Hong Kong
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. We have left the metal in oxidised condition, showing its age and exposure to climate variation. This work can be restored if desired. We prefer it as is.
  • Seller Location
    Melbourne, AU
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2656318132652

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    Ships From: Melbourne, Australia
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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