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.
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
Metro Montage XVIII
Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA
Opening July 7, 2018 6:00-8:00pm
July 7, 2018 through September 9, 2018
21st Annual Regional Juried Show
Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA
Opening May 6, 2018 2-4pm
May 4, 2018 through June 2, 2018
"How with this Rage shall Beauty hold a Plea?"
Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
Opening April 29, 2018 3-6pm
April 26, 2018 through May 25, 2018
For an expanded list of shows and comissions, click here to download resume.