David Teager-Portman is a Royal College of Art alumni and former fellow at Chelsea College of Art. He is a sculptor working with the figure, blending ancient and contemporary stories through the mediums of bronze, plaster and stone.
Teager-Portman’s sculptures are figurative, mercurial and quasi-allegorical. His works fabricate contemporary mythologies – detached from our reality like artefacts from lost civilisations, forgotten eras or dream worlds.
His work explores stories and myths, especially those which reoccur throughout history – with timeless characters, concepts and meanings.
Within the making of his work Teager-Portman is specifically interested in the reintegration of archaic processes and the transition between materials. When making his sculptures he often implements successive processes and treatments, involving multiple processes, developing layers of making within each work.
His sculptures range from life-size figures to detailed smaller-scale pieces. The works often explore estranged meanings; creating characters which express a mixture of direct, as well as ambiguous and duplicitous contexts.
Teager-Portman’s work is concerned with humanity; its hopes and fears, triumphs and failures, its inevitabilities and its desire for permanence.
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