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Sculpting Emotion: For Sculptor Martin Eichinger, His Art Is All about Relationships

Magazine article Art Business News

Sculpting Emotion: For Sculptor Martin Eichinger, His Art Is All about Relationships

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Martin Eichinger does not refer to himself as a figurative sculptor, despite his obvious understanding of the human anatomy. "I am a narrative artist. The language I use is form and anatomy, but what I try to sculpt is romantic, emotional and perhaps, mythical art." His sculptures are captivating, thought-provoking and sensual stories in bronze. Although the work is often categorized into themes, there is a cohesiveness in the concept and technique used in all his figurative work. All of it is about relationships of one kind or another. His compassion for human stories gives all his work a sensitivity and a sense of approachability.

Eichinger studied design and anatomy at Ferris State University in Michigan and did postgraduate work in sculpture at Michigan State University, and pursued independent studies of classical sculpture in Europe. Although he studied advertising and commercial art, Eichinger ran the art department at Delta College. "I did all the graphics, brochures, announcements and designed sets for Delta's TV station," he says. He then spent 10 years in Lansing and started an advertising agency that produced three-dimensional exhibits for science museums. Eichinger sculpted during those years, although he was frustrated with art galleries that were more interested in marketability than the creative expression.

In 1985, he moved to Portland, embracing romanticism as the subject matter for his sculptures." I think of my sculptures as being romantic, mythical narratives," he says. …

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