African King by Gunther Stilling
Stilling proceeds from the rules of classical aesthetics in many of his formal approaches.
His study of the Greek and Roman art and the Italian Renaissance, as well as of Mannerism and the Baroque, have left traces in his work, which would be inconceivable without his numerous stays in Italy. The majority of Stilling's work is dedicated to the human head. Hard gashes, layerings and geometric supplements lend his sculptures additional depth. The 'non finito' in his works - the fragment, the alternatively rough and smooth surfaces - use their fissures to visualise transience, power and violence.
Gunther Stilling, 1943, Srpski Miletic, Yugoslavia
Stilling studied sculpture in Stuttgart (Germany) at the State Academy of the Fine Arts under Prof. Rudolf Hoflehner. He also completed a course in Art History at the same university. His work as a sculptor is accompanied by teaching commissions at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany), the University of Pescara (Italy) and the University of Dundee (Scotland). Stilling has been a Professor for Sculptural Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Kaiserslautern (Germany) since 1979. He lives in Pietrasanta (Italy) and Güglingen (Germany). His sculptures are displayed at many locations and public spaces in Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
For more information about the artist visit www.stilling.de.
2002, bronze, ex. 1/6
Location: Vaduz town centre
Property of the Municipality of Vaduz