The Giuseppe Armani Clown figurine was created by world-renowned sculptor, Giuseppe Armani, whose reputation for fine detail work has added his name to the world of art. The clown figurine is especially typical of his work, including the attention to detail and the use of the highly decorative finishes that collectors the world over have come to appreciate and value.
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One of the critical details that define Giuseppe Armani’s work is the type of finish that he uses. Once fired and dried the patterning that occurs is highly valued as it is as individual as one’s fingerprint. Using cold cast porcelain, Giuseppe Armani is able to place very minute details into each statue, which is part of what has made them highly collectible.
Giuseppe Armani’s Early Years
It may astound the astute collector of Armani’s work that he did not begin his art career as a sculptor, but rather a sketch artist. His parents recognized his early abilities and enrolled him in the academy of arts , but it was to be short lived. When Giuseppe’s father died the family needed him to help at home and his ambitions of becoming an artist were put on hold.
However, as they say, talent finds a way and it was not long before Giuseppe’s church members rallied around him, creating an art exhibition for Giuseppe and others in the membership. Many people viewed the works by the exhibitors, among them talent scouts from a nearby art gallery.
The piece that Giuseppe entered was one of his first attempts at sculpting, a man’s torso, and it was this piece that the art gallery patrons and owners were drawn to. In short order, they had offered the young artist a job at the gallery. This gave him the opportunity to further his studies, studying the masters, working on reproductions, and honing his own unique characteristics.
Giuseppe Armani’s Later Life
In the early 1960’s some of his work began to be exhibited in the gallery where he worked, and soon his refined, and lifelike, sculpting gained international notice. Seeing an opportunity to vault their gallery into an even greater status, they offered the young Giuseppe a permanent position at the gallery, creating on his own pieces and selling them through the art gallery exclusively.
It was the combination of natural talent and the environment/support in which to create that created the house of Giuseppe Armani. He worked and created for more than 25 years at the gallery that had first employed him as a boy. An intensely curious personality, full of whim and humor, it is this part of his personality that most are able to see in his works, especially the clown figurines. The breathtaking realism and the expressions on the faces have made these clown figurines some of the most coveted of his works.
Armani was a modern artist who followed traditional methods to combine and create a look that is truly his own. He believed that an artist should always continue to experiment and evolve, and thus each piece has its own history and story. Giuseppe Armani passed away as recently as 2006, leaving a legacy that has made his collectibles even more collectible.
There will be no more original Armanis, but what he has left behind in his Giuseppe Armani Clown Figurine is a part of himself, and that… that talent, drive, humor, and inspiration will live forever in the plaster and porcelain.