Artist Nathan Sawaya [Beyond the Blurb]

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NATHAN SAWAYA – THE BRICK ARTIST™

Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring works out of some of the most unlikely things. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks: LEGO® bricks to be exact.

Piece to the left: Yellow by Nathan Sawaya

 

NATHAN SAWAYA – THE BRICK ARTIST™

Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring works out of some of the most unlikely things. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks: LEGO® bricks to be exact.

For years, Nathan’s touring exhibit – The Art of the Brick® – has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts around the globe.  It is the only exhibition focusing exclusively on LEGO as an art medium. The creations, constructed from nearly one million pieces, were built from standard bricks beginning as early as 2000.

Born in Colville, Washington and raised in Veneta, Oregon, Sawaya’s childhood dreams were always fun. He drew cartoons, wrote stories, perfected magic tricks and also played with LEGO. In 1991, Sawaya moved to New York City and attended NYU.  After college he rediscovered LEGO but not as a toy, but rather as a medium.

Today Sawaya has more than 1.5 million colored bricks in his New York art studio. His work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted and is both beautiful and playful. Sawaya’s ability to transform LEGO bricks into something new, his devotion to scale and color perfection, the way he conceptualizes the action of the subject matter, enables him to elevate an ordinary toy to the status of fine art.

According to journalist Scott Jones, “Sawaya is a surrealist mash-up of forms and artists. Imagine Frank Lloyd Wright crossed with Ray Harryhausen, or Auguste Rodin crossed with Shigeru Miyamoto, and you start to get a sense of where Sawaya is coming from.”

Sawaya’s art form takes shape primarily in 3-dimensional sculptures and oversized portraits.  He continues to create daily while accepting commission work from around the world.

To see Sawaya’s online gallery, please visit www.brickartist.com.

His new book:
Cuusoo Project:

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