John Isaacs - The Cyclical Development of Stasis, 2006 (detail)

John Isaacs

July 30, 2013

A British-born contemporary artist, John Isaacs creates bizarre, visceral and at times, grotesque imagery to challenge the everyday paradoxes of contemporary society. Although working in a range of media, he is best known for his wax sculptures.

Born in 1968 in Lancaster, UK, Isaacs currently lives and works in Berlin. He attended Exeter University Bsc Biology, and graduated from Ecole des Beaux Artes Dijon, Cheltenham Art College Ba(hons) Fine Art, and University College London Slade School of Art MA Sculpture. His work has been exhibited in a range of venues, including Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, Spain, Artvera's, Geneva, Switzerland, Galleria Poggiali, Milan, Italy, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, Travesia Cuatro, Guadalajara, Mexico, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy, Galerie Haas Zürich, Switzerland, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, Wendt + Friedman Gallery, Berlin, Germany, and OPA, Guadalajara, Mexico, among others.

Isaacs' practice involves a highly tactile exploration into the base instincts of humanity, while using humor to re-imagine the world through a utopian lens. Although the scope of his work is vast, he is best known for works revolving around the aesthetics of the body and the flesh, depicting obese deformed bodies, severed legs and detached shark fins.

Featured image: John Isaacs - The Cyclical Development of Stasis (base of Rodin's Thinker indoor/outdoor work), 2006 (detail). Bronze (Outdoor). 85 × 85 × 75 in. 215.9 × 215.9 × 190.5 cm. Photo courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery