At once expressive, and elegant, William Hung creates dynamic sculptures that explore the human condition. With this intimate piece, cast in a rich bronze, an athlete balances on one hand, his nude, fit body appearing to be suspended in mid-air. The raw powerful athleticism of the gymnast is what captures our attention at first glance. Only later do we realize the figure is blindfolded, and doubly vulnerable. The Canadian artist’s work honours traditional figurative sculpture with a contemporary aesthetic.
This work may be exhibited on a table top. The sculpture may also be placed on a tall steel pedestal, custom ordered, as viewed here for an additional cost of $700. plus shipping. The bronze is number 1 in an edition of 9.
“I use the human body, placed in abstract spatial contexts, to suggest different narratives and psychological states. Many of my sculptural works explore the themes of mortality, determinism (fate), free will, and the tenacity of the human spirit.” WW Hung
Hung studied architecture at the University of Waterloo where he earned a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Architecture in 1997. After graduation, Hung relocated to New York City and practiced architecture there and in Toronto for a number of years. In 2004, he became a member of the American Institute of Architects. He also began creating sculptural works in a unique combination of the figurative and the abstract. In 2015, Hung joined the Sculptors Society of Canada. Hung’s work is held in private collections in Canada, France and the US.