Terry Stringer

The Creation of Adam

Cast Bronze unique edition 1/1
2300mm x 700mm x 700mm

Terry Stringer is one of New Zealand's leading sculptors in the international arena. In his art practice Stringer continuously tests and blurs the line between the real and the illusory. In formal terms Terry Stringer's, 'Creation of Adam' continues a number of life-long themes in the sculptor's work. It is a figurative and representational piece that takes on a number of appearances when viewed from different angles.
The work stands at over two metres in height and consists of a transfigured face and hand on a conical plinth. Throughout his oeuvre Stringer seeks to surprise and reward the viewer who makes a complete circuit of a work. 
When Stringer was young he would stare at sepia photographs of classical art in an encyclopeadia and this is the past that his sculpture remembers. Stringer says "We are all made out of the parts of our childhoods, I seek to tell my story in fragments".
This work is inspired by the biblical story about the origin of humankind, where God creates Adam from dust and places him in the Garden of Eden.
A key figure in New Zealand's history of art, Stringer has received virtually every significant artistic scholarship and award available in this country. In the late 1970s he received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Scholarship three times and in 2003 for his services to the arts and culture he was created an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, a national honour. In 2013 he had a major solo exhibition at Wallace Arts Trust at Pah Homestead, Auckland.
Throughout his career he has exhibited extensively, with solo shows in Auckland, Sydney, Los Angeles and London. His signature works have become synonymous with high profile sites throughout New Zealand.

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