Artist: Paul Stankard
Title: Square Paperweight with Ant and Bee
Medium: Handblown Glass
Size: 3 3/4" x 2 1/2" Cube Series
Inscription: Signed by artist
Condition: Museum quality, no chips or cracks
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Despite the crowded field of modern glass artists, Paul Stankard's unparalleled ability to create intricate details makes him a true artistic visionary. Upon first seeing Stankard's work, many viewer's believe the subject matter floating in the paperwork to be actual preserved botanicals and insects. In actuality, every component is actually individually handblown and carefully assembled by Stankard before creating the clear surrounding space to incase the subject matter. This particular paperweight features the florals and honey bees used as repeated motifs in Stankard's work, along with the rare appearance of an ant. It's hard for pictures to do justice to the masterful precision of Stankard's work. Stankard has elevated the perfunctory paperweight to the status of fine art, and this piece is equally at home on a desk or in a display case. Paul Stankard's square paperweight with ant and bee is signed by the artist and comes with a Gallery Certificate of Authenticity.
Paul Stankard has revolutionized the paperweight and made a name for himself as one of the most talented glass artists in the world. He is crediting with elevating the paperweight from an office supply to the level of fine art, with his work now showcase in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Louvre in Paris.
Born in 1943, Stankard began his glass career working as a glassblower making scientific instruments. In 1969, he began experimenting with paperweights in a quest to use his technical proficiency in glass blowing for something more creative. The technique Paul Stankard used created botanicals inside the paperweights with such hyper-realism that many people thought the paperweights included actual flowers. Stankard creates each element of the paperweight individually, paying close attention to every detail from color to texture before assembling the final product. His work takes in the entire scope of nature, extending far beyond placing a pretty floral bloom in a paperweight: he often includes insects, roots, and complete natural systems. While the majority of popular glass artists in the world today create modern work, Stankard’s classical and timeless designs created with stunning realism allow his work to stand out.
The spiritual element of botany plays an important role in Stankard’s work. He emphasizes that beauty can be found in unexpected places. In addition to being a glass artist, Paul Stankard is also a prolific author who has written several poems, articles, and two books.