Abstract wood and bronze selections by Sculptor Dick Shanley featured in the Gallery July 16th thru November 16th.
Dick Shanley’s graceful, exquisitely modeled sculptures are inspired by the human form. Shanley, who first became known for his sculptural furniture, turned to making sculpture in 1977, after a meeting with Henry Moore. Indeed, it is the art of Henry Moore, Alexander Archipenko, Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, and Alberto Giacometti, the elegant simplicity of their forms, that informs his sculpture.
Shanley strives not for anatomical accuracy, but for a sense of pleasing proportion. He enjoys pushing his sculptures to achieve improbably thin passages between sensually swelling forms and extended limbs. Many of his wood sculptures serve as the basis for works in bronze, produced in limited editions, but the wood pieces, joyous celebrations of life, are complete entities in and of themselves. Shanley's works have been exhibited extensively in the Northeast and Europe with works in the collection of the Hecksher Museum, Long Island, NY.