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Erik Durant, NSS

Erik Durant is a figurative sculptor residing in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, he studied History and Sculpture at Southern Connecticut State University. In 2001 he moved to New Bedford to attend the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, receiving an MFA in Sculpture in 2004. 

Durant’s personal work is a quest to understand the human condition. As a sculptor his main interests lie in gesture, movement, and pose. His works are at times Illustrative, but always realist, exploring historical, and contemporary narratives—both known, and unknown. While many of the characters that he chooses to sculpt seem to be rooted in the past, they are his own imaginings of things not fully understood. Issues surrounding beauty, the body, and identity, give rise to a version of contemporary mythology that is new, yet seemingly familiar.

An Elected Member of the National Sculptors Society, Durant exhibits his work nationally, recently showing in New York City, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Georgia. He has also shown work in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Oregon, Iowa, Texas, and throughout southern New England. 

In addition to Durant’s personal work, his public commissions include the New Bedford Fisherman’s Tribute Monument and the memorial statue for former Massachusetts State Representative Tom Lopes. He is currently working on the memorial statue of Elizabeth Taber for Marion, MA, to be installed in Summer 2021.

The images on this site represent a legacy of hard work and dedication to the practice of sculpting and observing the human figure.  

Upcoming and Recent Shows

Mourning Glory
Rogue Buddha Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
All Hallows Eve Preview Night, October 31, 2019 [ticketed event]
All Saints Day Opening Night, November 1, 2019 7:00-11:00pm
All Souls Day Programming, Including Special Death Cafe, November 2, 2019 7:00pm
October 31, 2019 through November 30, 2019

2019 SAAG National Juried Show
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Art Center, Blue Ridge, GA
Opening Reception October 5, 2019 5:00-7:00pm
October 2, 2019 through November 9, 2019

Night Owls, Sixth Annual Juried Show
Cedarburg Art Museum, Cedarburg, WI
Opening Reception October 5, 2019 3:00-5:00pm
October 2, 2019 through January 12, 2020

For an expanded list of shows and comissions, click here to download resume.