ABOUT THE ARTIST
Oceana Rain Stuart - contemporary figurative sculpture artist
“My desire is to share the particular qualities that provoked my feeling of anticipation during the molding process. My work reflects my inspiration and curiosity from the beginning stages through to the finished bronze and patina. I search for a deeper reality combining the mysterious to a world of subtleties. I am fascinated by the beauty and grace of the human form and by how each face shares a unique lifetime of stories, to me this is true beauty."
Sculptor, Oceana Rain Stuart
and her Eternal Bliss bronze sculpture.
OCEANA RAIN STUART
is an internationally acclaimed, figurative, bronze sculpture artist and poet. Stuart was born in California and grew up in a multi-generational artistic family. At a young age, Stuart knew her life path was to create art. Stuart attended California College of the Arts on a full scholarship for fashion design and fine art with a double minor in Ecological Practices and Writing and Literature. She has exhibited in over 60 exhibitions museums and galleries internationally and in the U.S., such as the Leonardo Da Vinci Society in San Francisco, California; the California Art Club at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the National Sculpture Society at Brookgreen Garden outside of Charleston, South Carolina; the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California; the American Women Artists, where she will be awarded Signature Master in Fall of 2022; the Salmagundi Art Club in New York City; and the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Some of Stuart's awards include: 2021 Allied Artists of America Award for Sculpture of the Gold Medal Exhibition; 2021 Board of Directors Award for Sculpture from the American Artists Professional League Gold Medal Exhibition; 2021 Art Lover’s Choice from the 110th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition of the California Art Club; 2020 and 2021 finalist for the 14th and 15th annual Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon; 2018 and 2021 finalist for the Non-Commissioned Portrait category by the Portrait Society of America; 2019 Alizarin Award by the Representational Figurative Art Conference; 2017 Figurative Artist of the Year by Art Comes Alive and 2017 and 2021 Pre-Selected Artist by the “Figurativas” competition of the Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona (MEAM). She is an Elected Member of the National Sculpture Society and holds a Signature Master status of the American Women Artists.
Stuart’s work appears in the permanent collection, on public display, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Catania, Sicily (MACS).
Stuart has two artworks going to the moon! In 2022, an analogue image of Stuart’s work “Reminiscence” is going to the Oceanus Procellarum region of the Moon as part of The Lunar Codex, within the "The Nova Collection". Stuart’s work will be in an historical museum on the moon in a time capsule aboard a lunar lander, making her one of the first women
to have artwork on the moon. In 2023, a digital image of Stuart’s work “ETERNAL LOVE” as well as "REMINISCENCE" are going to the South Pole of the Moon as part of The Lunar Codex, within the "The Polaris Collection". Stuart’s work will be in a within a time capsule attached to the Griffin Lander which also carries the Viper. The Viper will be searching for water on the moon. This will be the second mission to the moon that will include Stuart's work.
ARTIST STATEMENT and TECHNIQUE
As a figurative bronze sculpture artist and poet, my purpose is to find empathy in the work I create, and to explore tension and complexity of the subject matter. I’m fascinated by subtle physical gestures, like the movement of a hand, the gaze of the eyes, as well as contradictions that are enclosed in body language and how each face shares a lifetime of stories. My passion is in expressing this through my work.
Something powerful happens when we let our guard down - we become vulnerable, instinctively primitive and essentially raw. It is an honor to witness moments in life like these, that lure the viewer in, if only for a moment, it is an experience and an opportunity, so naturally expressed by life that it is inspiring artistic material for me. And in these moments the human condition gives me endless ideas for my practice.
I sculpt primarily from life in plasticine clay. I then utilize the lost wax method for bronze and apply a patina and wax sealant on the finished bronze figure. I am particularly interested in emotionally evocative subject matter, expressive of humanity and often use symbolism in my work. My molding techniques and surface treatments often blend qualities of realism and surrealism.