Sculptors to Watch by Christine Temin of Art New England
Berkshire artist Jonathan Prince is the most traditional of my picks because his medium is
stone, occasionally coupled with metallic leaf. Prince recalls that as a young child, his father
took him to the studio of a friend who was also one of the most renowned sculptors of the
twentieth century—Jacques Lipchitz. At the time, Lipchitz was working on a clay piece
destined to become one of his signature bronzes. Prince recalls it as the ultimate showand-
tell lesson. “Rock grounds me,” he says. Black granite from Africa, China, or India is his favorite
because of the way it absorbs light. It’s a gravitational pull for him, and granite’s virtual
immortality appeals to him. It endures long after both artist and audience have passed on.
On the other hand, Prince’s gift for granite makes it seem like a living, breathing entity. Working with large blocks of stone requires patience and perseverance, as demonstrated in, say, his Five Piece Sphere (2009). Made of Indian black granite, it is sliced like a rounded loaf of bread, which gives the weighty stone light appearance. Its rhythmic repetitions are almost musical.
Prince uses history. Fractured Celt (2008) is made of African granite and oxidized
steel, reminding me of one of Britain’s mysterious standing stones, the most famous
being Stonehenge. While he occasionally accepts commissions, he primarily follows his own artistic voice and has a studio full of work that he’s happy to show to visitors who make an
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