VIEW IN MY ROOM
Played Out is where you are at after you have given it everything that you have to give it and you are completely spent. As I get old and my body is falling apart and my best laid plans are not working out. The idea of just quitting keeps presenting itself. I like to look around and I see that others are worse off than I am. They are still giving it their best shot everyday. If they can do it I should also be able to cope. I look at my pets, 5 cats and a dog. They have problems surviving in the pecking order but they figure a way to deal with the problem bully or whatever. I marvel at how three legged dogs and cats survive. They adjust to the situation and keep hopping along. I guess I just have to persevere and play out the string. It seems that is the big lesson in life, “don’t give up, keep plugging away”. Played Out is a unique piece, an edition of one. It will come with a thick stone tile that is polished on top and rough cut on the sides. More Sculpture If this sculpture interests you there is much more on this site. Go to the upper right top and enter "Arfsten sculpture" in the search box to see many styles and themes of my work. There are many more pieces of sculpture that I have not yet had time to put here on Saatchi.com. If you google “Richard Arfsten sculptor” and click on “Images” on the opening page you will see a collection of my art that I plan to put on Saatchi as time permits. There are also movies of many of these pieces on my You Tube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVJYp5X5922_4-sHrI0lRwA). There you can see the sculpture in a multitude of settings and hear my in-depth verbal discussions about them.
Sculpture:Metal on Bronze
Size:11 W x 6 H x 7 D in
Ready to Hang:Not applicable
Packaging:Ships in a Crate
Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.
Handling:Ships in a wooden crate for additional protection of heavy or oversized artworks. Crated works are subject to an $80 care and handling fee. Artists are responsible for packaging and adhering to Saatchi Art’s packaging guidelines.
Ships From:United States.
I have an ambitious approach to life ... and to art ... make something happen every day ... but most of all have fun doing it! A sculptor first, and now working in 2D, I do my best to do just that. Presented here are examples of some of my work. •• My sculpture runs the gamut from abstract, to figurative, to architectural. The materials and methods used are diverse ... from figures modeled in clay or wax, then cast in pewter or bronze ... to aluminum maquettes (produced by evaporative pattern casting) which serve as the 3D blueprints for the pieces that are enlarged and fabricated from sheet metal of all kinds. •• My 2D pieces range from abstract to figurative. You’ll find Originals done in oils or acrylic, one-of-a-kind monotypes, collages, mixed media paintings, and more ... I love working in all mediums. Some of my 2D work may be available as reproductions on this site. ••• MY FASCINATION WITH SCIENCE FICTION & MAKE BELIEVE - When I was in second grade, television was new and the hottest thing. The "Adventures of Flash Gordon" was my favorite program. There was only one kid in the neighborhood who had a TV. We, all the kids, gathered at his house for every episode. I was a huge fan of the characters. Flash was cool and my hero. Dale Arden was OK but Princess Aura was way cooler because she was naughty. Ming The Mercilous was very interesting. But Dr. Zarkov and his super duper telescope - that could see into time forwards and backwards, far and near - was the star of the show for me. The spaceship was really hoakey. You could see the wire that it was traveling on and the little puffs of smoke coming out of it were a joke, even for me. But the concept of the show was magical. Also at that time there were radio shows about space travel and aliens and monsters. I would listen to those shows with my grandfather as I sat on the floor next to the big wooden box radio so I could get the full impact of the sounds. •• These shows inspired me to draw spaceships, mostly "new and improved" versions of Flash's ship. I taped them all over my bedroom walls. At night I would travel with Flash. We would go to distant parts of the Universe and explore ancient ruins - like what I saw in National Geographic when I was not looking at the bare-breasted girls of exotic cultures. (I think artists and sculptors, are to a large part, voyeurs.) Those memories pop up in my art over and over. •• Faces also intrigue and inspire me.
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