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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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lexington, Kentucky, and Portland, Oregon. He has also shown work in New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, 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. Both of these life-size bronze works were installed in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 2016. 

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

FRESH! Naked! What’s nu(de) in contemporary art
JanKossen Contemporary, New York, NY
Opening Reception January 17, 2018 4:00-8:00pm
January 17, 2019 through February 16, 2019

A Generous Kingdom III
Verum Ultimum, Portland, OR
Opening Reception December 1, 2018 6:00-8:00pm
December 1, 2018 through mid-January 2019

90th Grand National Exhibition
The American Artists Professional League, at The Salamagundi Club, New York, NY
Award Reception November 18, 2018 12:00-5:00pm
November 11, 2018 through November 18, 2018

2nd Annual Juried Exhibition 2018
Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wausau, WI
Opening October 11, 2018 6:00-8:00pm
October 2, 2018 through December 29, 2018

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