The Sculptor's Funeral is the only podcast dedicated to figurative sculptors living and working today. Art history, tech talk, news, and interviews for those working in the Western European tradition of figurative sculpture, along with a social media forum and listener mail/questions/comments make this podcast required listening for any sculptor who knows the Fine Arts aren't dead, they just smell a little funny.
Episode 89 - Anna Hyatt Huntington and Brookgreen Garden
Huntington was a prolific American sculptor in the early 20th century, but her greatest legacy may be the extensive and unique sculpture park she built, the first of its kind in the United States. Listen here to learn about the past and future of Brookgreen Garden; with interviews with Bryan Rapp and Robin Salmon.
Episode 01 - Introduction, and The End
Jason introduces himself, explains what this podcast is all about, and why he calls it The Sculptor's Funeral; and then, discusses the near-death experience of figurative sculpture during the 20th century.
Ep.02 - Donatello, an Introduction
In this episode, The life and work of Donatello are discussed, in relation to his influence for all European sculpture which followed. Host Jason Arkles makes a case for Donatello as being the single most influential sculptor in the last 700 years.
Episode 03 - What is Clay?
Have you heard the old studio saying that clay gets better the more you use it? how and why does that work? In this shop talk eposide, Jason discusses more than you ever wanted to know about clay - its composition, its properties, and how we can alter our own clay to get it to do what we want. be sure to check out the episode's image gallery over at www.thesculptorsfuneral.com, were there are plenty of images and even a few videos detailing how to recycle your clay and change its workability for the better.
Episode 04 - Alberti and De Statua
If you sculpt, you probably have a small library of how-to sculpture manuals. Sculptors writing about sculpture goes way back - but how far back? In this episode, Host Jason Arkles discusses the f sculpture manual that was written during the early renaissance by the original Renaissance Man, Leon Battista Alberti. A personal friend of Donatello, Brunelleschi, and Ghiberti, Alberti's treatise on the science and practice of sculpture during the early Renaissance show us just how much in common we have with the past masters- and how much we might be able to learn from them.
Episode 05 - Canons of proportion
The history of canons of proportions and their use by sculptors is discussed in this week's episode. From the Egyptians up to the present day, artists have sought the key to caputring an ideal, or a norm, in human form. As it happens, notions of ideals - and of what we consider normal - change over time, which has given rise to dozens of canons practiced by different artists at different times. Host Jason Arkles discusses several, and how artists have always sought to tie the measurements of the human form to other notions of perfection- be it the sacred, or geometry - or even sacred geometry.
Greatest and only Sculpture podcast I’ve ever found
With a calm voice, and more knowledge on the history of Sculpture than anyone I have ever met, or even heard of, Jason regales us about sculptor’s, art movements, and all the other necessary background information we need to fully appreciate these stories.
My favorite part is that Jason himself is a figurative sculptor who understands and is shockingly good at communicating the actual difficulties faced when doing Sculpture, and what makes a certain sculptors so special
I’m a beginning sculptor and enjoy it as a hobby in my retirement. I recently took a sculpting workshop at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, USA and the instructor mentioned this podcast series. I listened to 5 episodes on my way home from the workshop and continue listening during my morning workouts. What a wealth of interesting information pertaining to sculpting history and technique that is presented in a very interesting way. We’ll done and please continue!
I am a Firefighter Paramedic in a good sized metropolitan. I have no experience in the arts. On my honeymoon in 2016 we had a hotel in Bernini piazza next to the Fontana Del tritone. I have been forever interested in sculpture after that. I am so glad to have found this podcast. It is so refreshing. I turn off all the news, war, and political stuff on TV, and just listen. Master Jason is so well spoken and passionate about his topics. I love this. Thank you Jason. Now I have to visit Florence.