Bjørn Okholm Skaarup: Carnival of the Animals

November 3 - November 30, 2014

Space SBH is delighted to present a special island-wide exhibition of sculpture by the talented Danish artist Bjorn Okholm Skaarup. Inspired by Camille Saint-Saens’ well-known classical composition of 1886, Carnival of the Animals, the artist has created a series of almost life-size bronze pieces, which are both playful and elegant.  

Skaarup’s animals have been anthropomorphized, or given human characteristics such as the “dignity and supremacy of the majestic lion and the chivalrous nature of the ermine”, Skaarup notes. In each of these sculptures the individual animal’s unique characteristics have been emphasized - the fast cheetah, for example, has been given a scooter to go even faster, the kangaroo is on a pogo stick to perform a formerly instinctive and natural activity and the height and long neck of the giraffe are exaggerated by the addition of stilts. 

As well as the sculptures exhibited here at Space SBH, a group of the larger animals are in residence on the waterfront near the Collectivity and the Wall House Museum, while another two are at Le Toiny Hotel – a total of 16 pieces dotted around the island. 

Skaarup’s unique sculptures often draw inspiration from classical mythology, late Renaissance, as well as 20th century American pop culture, while reinterpreting both classical and modern artistic themes.
 

“The sculptures are a celebration of life and nature and its many intriguing shapes and creatures, all placed in peculiar and surreal encounters between nature and culture. The result is a group of bronze sculptures that combines the gracious and exclusive with the communicative, distorted and humorous.” – Bjorn Okholm Skaarup 

Since 2009, Skaarup has been a member of The Royal British Society of Sculptors. In 2011, Okholm Skaarup was featured in “101 Artists” (101 Kunstnere), an anthology of the top contemporary Danish artists. He has exhibited extensively internationally and his work is found in the Koldinghus Museum, Denmark amongst other important collections. 

An opening vernissage will be held at the gallery on Monday 10th November from 6-8pm, with the artist in attendance. For more information about the works or any other enquiry please contact the gallery on info@smapcesbh.com

Dino Paleontologist (1/6), 2014

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

Dino Paleontologist (1/6), 2014

60 x 60 x 130 cm (23.62 x 23.62 x 51.18 in)

The Giraffe  (1/6), 2008

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

The Giraffe (1/6), 2008

40 x 45 x 200 cm (15.75 x 17.72 x 78.74 in)

The Majestic Lion  (1/6), 2008

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

The Majestic Lion (1/6), 2008

96 x 50 x 115 cm (37.80 x 19.69 x 45.28 in)

Rhino Harlequin  (1/6), 2012

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

Rhino Harlequin (1/6), 2012

40 x 50 x 96 cm (15.75 x 19.69 x 37.80 in)

The Elephant and the Tiger  (1/6), 2008

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

The Elephant and the Tiger (1/6), 2008

100 x 70 x 135 cm (39.37 x 27.56 x 53.15 in)

Hippo Columbine (medium)  (1/3), 2013

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

Hippo Columbine (medium) (1/3), 2013

40 x 50 x 96 cm (15.75 x 19.69 x 37.80 in)

The Hare and the Tortoise  (1/6), 2009

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

The Hare and the Tortoise (1/6), 2009

75 x 50 x 76 cm (29.53 x 19.69 x 29.92 in)

The Ostrich , 2009

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

The Ostrich , 2009

110 x 120 x 145 cm (43.31 x 47.24 x 57.09 in)

Emperor Penguin (1/6), 2012

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

Emperor Penguin (1/6), 2012

40 x 60 x 105 cm (15.75 x 23.62 x 41.34 in)

Hippo Columbine  (1/6), 2011

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

Hippo Columbine (1/6), 2011

40 x 50 x 96 cm (15.75 x 19.69 x 37.80 in)

The Frog (1/6), 2007

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

The Frog (1/6), 2007

60 x 45 x 45 cm (23.62 x 17.72 x 17.72 in)

The Ermine, the Rooster and the Lizard (1/6), 2009

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

The Ermine, the Rooster and the Lizard (1/6), 2009

40 x 92 x 115 cm (15.75 x 36.22 x 45.28 in)

The Cheetah  (1/6), 2009

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

The Cheetah (1/6), 2009

40 x 100 x 102 cm (15.75 x 39.37 x 40.16 in)

The Kangaroo (1/6), 2007

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

The Kangaroo (1/6), 2007

25 x 50 x 70 cm (9.84 x 19.69 x 27.56 in)

Rhino Harlequin (medium) (1/3), 2013

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

Rhino Harlequin (medium) (1/3), 2013

40 x 50 x 96 cm (15.75 x 19.69 x 37.80 in)

Sic transit Gloria mundi  (1/6), 2007

Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

Sic transit Gloria mundi (1/6), 2007

60 x 55 x 80 cm (23.62 x 21.65 x 31.50 in)

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Bjørn Okholm Skaarup: Carnival of the Animals
November 3 - November 30, 2014 Space SBH is delighted to present a special island-wide exhibition of sculpture by the talented Danish artist Bjorn Okholm Skaarup. Inspired by Camille Saint-Saens’ well-known classical composition of 1886, Carnival of the Animals, the artist has created a series of almost life-size bronze pieces, which are both playful and elegant. Skaarup’s animals have been anthropomorphized, or given human characteristics such as the “dignity and supremacy of the majestic lion and the chivalrous nature of the ermine”, Skaarup notes. In each of these sculptures the individual animal’s unique characteristics have been emphasized - the fast cheetah, for example, has been given a scooter to go even faster, the kangaroo is on a pogo stick to perform a formerly instinctive and natural activity and the height and long neck of the giraffe are exaggerated by the addition of stilts. As well as the sculptures exhibited here at Space SBH, a group of the larger animals are in residence on the waterfront near the Collectivity and the Wall House Museum, while another two are at Le Toiny Hotel – a total of 16 pieces dotted around the island. Skaarup’s unique sculptures often draw inspiration from classical mythology, late Renaissance, as well as 20th century American pop culture, while reinterpreting both classical and modern artistic themes. “The sculptures are a celebration of life and nature and its many intriguing shapes and creatures, all placed in peculiar and surreal encounters between nature and culture. The result is a group of bronze sculptures that combines the gracious and exclusive with the communicative, distorted and humorous.” – Bjorn Okholm Skaarup Since 2009, Skaarup has been a member of The Royal British Society of Sculptors. In 2011, Okholm Skaarup was featured in “101 Artists” (101 Kunstnere), an anthology of the top contemporary Danish artists. He has exhibited extensively internationally and his work is found in the Koldinghus Museum, Denmark amongst other important collections. An opening vernissage will be held at the gallery on Monday 10th November from 6-8pm, with the artist in attendance. For more information about the works or any other enquiry please contact the gallery on info@smapcesbh.com
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