Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov

Sergei Isupov is a ceramic artist graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. In 1994 he immigrated to the United States. Isupov has a long international resume with work included in numerous collections and exhibitions, including several art museums worldwide.

He works in porcelain using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting using stains and clear glaze.

Isupov is a ceramic artist graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you

Isupov is a ceramic artist graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you2

Sergei Isupov is a ceramic artist graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you4

Sergei Isupov is a ceramic artist graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you5

Isupov is a ceramic artist graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you6

Sergei figurative ceramics are both instantly recognizable and strangely surreal. Heads are tattooed, the art integrated into the facial features. The backs of the heads often add a separate contrasting element. Lift the head to find a third, hidden design on the base. The images create a narrative, but what does it mean?

Isupov is a ceramic artist graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you7

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Isupov is a ceramic artist graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you8

Isupov is a ceramic artist graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you9

Sergei Isupov is a ceramic artist graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you10

Sergei Isupov is a ceramic artist graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you11

“My work portrays characters placed in situations that are drawn from my imagination but based on my life experiences. My art works capture a composite of fleeting moments, hand gestures, eye movements that follow and reveal the sentiments expressed. These details are all derived from actual observations but are gathered or collected over my lifetime. Through the drawn images and sculpted forms, I capture faces, body types and use symbolic elements to compose, in the same way as you might create a collage”- says the artist.

Sergei Isupov is a ceramic artist graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you13

Sergei Isupov is a ceramic artist graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you14

Sergei Isupov  graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you15

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Isupov graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov Surreal ceramics by Sergei Isupov artists I Lobo you16

Contrast is inherent to the nature of ceramics. The sculpting that goes into creating the work is meticulous and controlled but once the piece is lowered into the kiln the firing is random and unrestrained. In Isupov’s work the form and content are also contradictory. The figures and heads are realistic, even somewhat minimal, yet the paintings on them are surreal, highly detailed, often adding a skewed dimensionality. There are demons and distortions, surplus limbs and conjoined bodies. Isupov’s works create a world that is visually stunning and conceptually disturbing.

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