Carl Roberts is a master sculptor and craftsman who gently works natural materials such as bone, wood, and stone to expose the hidden message and beauty in their form, grain and textures.
Carl has a way of letting his subconscious guide his work, describing himself as an ‘automatic artist’ who allows the material itself to steer the direction of every finished art piece. Often, the thoughts and themes attributed to a piece only become apparent after their creation. Carl’s work is often seen as surrealist or dream-like, bringing the observer into an engaging and thought provoking conversation with the artist himself, as they contemplate the meaning of his works. In his own words, “the emphasis is on magic, accident, irrational, symbols and dreams.” Carl has been perfecting his work since 1995 on a full time basis. He has exhibited extensively both in South Africa and internationally and his works are a part of many important private, corporate and public collections.
THERE'S SOMEONE IN MY HEAD
Carl Roberts has an unbelievable eye for crafting intricate beauty from natural materials such as bone, wood, stone and a variety of other materials. This side profile sculpture created brom rough casted bronze has the look and feel of a coral face. When light casts a shadow behind the sculpture it creates a double image of the face as if there is in fact someone in his head.
A bronze sculpture similar to that of “There’s someone in my head”, Weed Woman has the appearance of coral shown from the rough cast bronze process.
Here is an example of Carl using bronze as a sculpting medium, J’accuse depicts a whistleblower who called out the french elite which in turn sparked the French Revolution.