Paul Stankard

Paul Stankard Signed Round Handblown Glass Botanical Paperweight with Root Person

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Artist: Paul Stankard
Title: Botanical with Root Person
Medium: Hand Blown Glass
Size: 2 1/2" high x 3 1/4" diameter
Inscription: Signed and dated by artist 'Paul J. Stankard V 12 2000' and 'SO 339' in cane on Leo Kaplan box
Year: 2000
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity

In Paul Stankard's Botanical with Root Person paperweight, every element is meticulously hand-blown and assembled by the artist himself. The exquisite details, so delicately rendered and lifelike, often lead observers to mistake the botanicals and insects as genuine specimens preserved from nature, rather than crafted by human hands. In this Botanical wtih Root Person, Stankard showcases his ability in crafting a variety of flowers in a rainbow of colorful hues.

Stankard's inclusion of his iconic "Root People" intertwined with the flower's roots showcases his willingness to innovate compositions and introduce unexpected elements into his work. By seamlessly blending highly detailed realist elements from the natural world with imaginative creative ideas, Stankard's art transcends mere beauty, sparking meaningful conversations and reflections.

Measuring 2 1/2" high x 3 1/4" diameter, Paul Stankard's 2000 hanbdlown glass paperweight "Botanical with Root Person" is singed and dated in glass by the artist "Paul J. Stankard V 12 2000" and comes with a Leo Kaplan box, numbered in cane SO 339. Purchase of this piece also includes a gallery certificate of authenticity from Modern Artifact.

About Paul Stankard

Paul Stankard has transformed the humble paperweight into a revered form of fine art, earning recognition as one of the world's most accomplished glass artists. Credited with elevating this everyday object to extraordinary heights, his creations now grace prestigious institutions such as the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Louvre in Paris.

Born in 1943, Stankard embarked on his journey in glassworking by initially crafting scientific instruments as a glassblower. However, in 1969, he ventured into the realm of paperweights, driven by a desire to channel his technical expertise into more creative endeavors. Employing a meticulous technique, Stankard pioneered the incorporation of hyper-realistic botanicals within his paperweights, astonishing viewers who often mistook his glass blooms for genuine flowers. Each element of his paperweights is painstakingly crafted, with meticulous attention to detail in color and texture before assembly. Stankard's artistic vision transcends mere aesthetics, encompassing entire natural ecosystems, from intricate insects to delicate root systems.

In a contemporary art scene dominated by modern trends, Stankard's classical and timeless designs, imbued with stunning realism, set him apart. His work reflects a profound spiritual connection to botany, emphasizing the beauty inherent in the most unexpected corners of nature. Beyond his mastery in glass artistry, Stankard is a prolific author, sharing his insights through poetry, articles, and two published books, further enriching the world with his creative endeavors.

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