Otmar Alt:
Sculpture "The Dolphin" (2005), version in polymer cast, hand-painted

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Limited, 499 exemplars | serially numbered | signed | polymer cast | handmade | hand-painted | Format 18.5 x 28.5 x 10.5 cm (W/H/D)

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Otmar Alt: Sculpture "The Dolphin" (2005), version in polymer cast, hand-painted

This new Otmar Alt composition is an optimist symbol for nature preservation, for a peaceful cohabitation and, not least, for love. Otmar Alt fascinated by the absolute aggression-free, lovely behavior of this sea inhabitant: "Dolphins fascinate us. When they are present, every day is unforgettable." From an upward column, the dolphin springs toward a better future. An arrow on the base symbolizes the way to higher knowledge. Blooming flowers represent applied nature.

Edition in hand-painted polymer cast by hand. Format 18.5 x 28.5 x 10.5 cm (W/H/D). Manually painted according to artist's indications. Limited edition, 499 exemplars, serially numbered and signed.

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Otmar AltOtmar Alt was born on 17 July 1940 in Wernigerode. After studying painting at the Berlin Master School of Crafts and at the Academy of Fine Arts, he quickly became the avant-garde artistic and is now one of the most important and also popular artists of Germany.

The artistic repertoire of Otmar Alt ranges from painting and graphics to sculpture. But he also designed utility items like children toys and design fairytale figures made of ceramics. He presented his work to the European public in more than 250 solo exhibitions. Otmar Alt excited the world of art with its supremely colorful, cheerful works for a long time. The main representative of the "New Figuration" manages to take the viewers into his fanciful dream world.

The fairytale symbolism in Otmar Alt's works reminds us of our carefree childhood. Most of all it refers to his representations of animals. Because of the strong abstraction of his imagery, the figures seem to be like fantasy creatures. Therefore, children books illustrated by him delight not only the children.

His style, which evolved into its own shape, and sometimes reminds of comic strips is based on informal painting. Otmar Alt creates an unconventional fantasy world, populated by fantastically shaped humans, animals and plants. His characteristic repertoire consists of mythical beasts and biomorphic archetypes. The geometric shapes gain a vivid effect thanks to the ornamental colors and composition in which they are added together like puzzle pieces.

The successful artist founded the Otmar Alt Foundation, launched years ago. Thanks to the income from Alt’s art the foundation promotes art young artists in a variety of ways, including by submitting of studio spaces in a Westphalian farm.

A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.

While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, for bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually it is made of clay or other easily shaped materials.

The prime time of sculpture after the Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Also the contemporary artists, such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz enriched the sculpture with outstanding works.

Collective term for all casting processes that ars mundi carries out with the help of specialized art foundries.

Cast stone
Equivalent of artificial marble, with the difference that the substitute stone in powder form is used instead of marble powder.

Cold cast bronze
Bronze powder bound by a polymer. By special polishing and patination techniques the surface of the casting gets a look that corresponds to the bronze.

ARA wooden copy
In order to guarantee absolute fidelity to the original, an artificially manufactured imitation wood is used as a base material which has typical wood characteristics: density, workability, color and surface structure.

Ceramic casting
As a rule castable clay is used in ceramic casting, which then is fired and possibly glazed. Plaster molds are often used instead of the usual rubber molds in ceramic casting and in porcelain production.

Bronze casting
In this case, the thousand-year-old lost-wax technique is used. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.

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