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
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
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
85th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
Hudson Valley Art Association, Hosted at Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
Opening June 23, 2018 5:30-7:30pm
June 15, 2018 through August 3, 2018
For an expanded list of shows and comissions, click here to download resume.