The Family Portrait is the result of a trip to Japan where I decided to use 3D scanning of my family to output a 3D printed polymer portrait. As an artist who is better known for a painting practice I decided to approach the idea with a more playful and contemporary mode of production.
The process involved having a digital model developed through a composite of more than 50 DSLR cameras taking continuous images for 30 minutes. The data is then outputted to a 3D printer that builds a 3D model in polymer layers. This process interested me given that it works in opposition to more traditional notion of sculpting by removal of material. The printed polymer was then sent off to Germany where all the wonderful details are sprayed and finished.
I wanted to convey my family in a positive way and this felt like a playful and appropriate way of doing so. If all else failed then the kids would have their own action figures.
Courtesy of Chalk Horse
Sydney based artist Jasper Knight is well known for his bright, bold and expression filled paintings focusing on industrial landscapes and urban environments. Knight received his Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 1999 and completed his Master of Arts majoring in Painting and Drawing at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 2003.
Knight has exhibited extensively both in Australia and internationally and has been a finalist in the Salon de Refusés, S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney (2016, 2014, 2009, 2008); Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney (2015, 2013, winner 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005); Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2015, 2013, 2008); Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2013, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005); Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, State Library of NSW, Sydney (2012); Wynne Prize (2012, 2011, 2006, 2005); and Redlands Westpac Art Prize (2006).
In 2013 Jasper received a survey exhibition at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and his work has been collected by many institutions including Artbank; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Australian Consulate, Manila; Australian Consulate, Singapore; National Gallery of Australia; Newcastle Regional Gallery; and NSW State Government.
3D printed polymer on acrylic shelf
23 x 20 x 20 cm (edition 2)
Judges of the 2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Michael Lynch AO CBE (Australian Arts administrator, former Director of Sydney Opera House and former CEO of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong) and Amanda Love (Director Loveart, independent Art Advisory).
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