Alienesque, nature influenced architectural figures and shapes reveal Neal Barab’s mastery of stone. Marble, granite, diabase and quartzite are sculpted into smooth, textured, serene characters that inhabit virtually elliptical society, somewhat reminiscent of popular, confident, yet complacent heroes: a egg shaped Boy, a chilled out, tube headed Dude or the delightful Totoro, inspired by the famous Hayao Miyazaki animated film. His larger, interactive, outdoor pieces are further glorifying the material he cherishes: pure, yet refined, surprising with their structure, twists or puzzle like qualities. But the most remarkable achievement of his pieces is the incredible balance and diversity of colors he manipulates in his works. Mr. Barab has earned a BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since 1987, he has spent his time between his idyllic studio in Pietrasanta, Italy, widely known as a sculptor’s paradise and Sweden. His fascinated works have been exhibited around the world, and you can admire his public works in Italy, Germany, Sweden, Israel, China and the United States.
*Courtesy of the artist