Druzy Chrysocolla - Malachite - Limonite Sculpture--"A New American Classic"
By Perry Brent Davis
A unique collaboration between nature and the artist, Davis is the only sculptor in the United States working with certain gemstone materials. Selecting minerals with vivid color and intricate patterns his pieces create a powerful impact. The gemstone materials selected typically have two, three or more minerals of varying degrees of hardness, requiring both a high level of technical ability and articulate workmanship. Often there are natural crystal pockets and features which accentuate the simple form. Unlike working with alabaster or marble, gem materials rarely occur in extremely large, virtually flawless pieces with consistent hardness and grain throughout the stone. By their very nature, these minerals are technically complex and require the use of a vast array of diamond tools and other equipment. Employing an arsenal of different diamond tools to extract the array of colors hidden inside, he chooses a design that compliments the briliant patterns in the stone. States Davis: "My background as a gemologist and jeweler allows me to bring a multitude of techniques together with knowledge and experience to the sculpting process."
The area near to Globe, Arizona produced the colorful material used in this freeform sculpture. A druzy center section serves as the focal point while the edges display rich veining and concentric banding of malachite with limonite intermingled. The surfaces have been honed to a fine finish. Davis' sculptures are worthy of serious attention and take their place among the work of the best American lapidary artists. Height 8in