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 primarily a quest to understand the seemingly absurd world that surrounds all of us. As a sculptor he utilizes the human figure to explore narratives both known and unknown. The characters that he chooses to sculpt tend to be rooted in the past, but 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
Winter Juried Show 2018, Duxbury Art Association, Duxbury, MA
Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
February 3, 2018 through April 22, 2018
Best in Show Ariadne
The Nude: Brutal Beauty, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY
The Loudoun House, Lexington, KY
January 26, 2018 through March 11, 2018
February 2018 Open Call, Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA
February 2, 2018 through February 24, 2018
Characterized, Mainfest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
January 26, 2018 through February 23, 2018
Generous Kingdom II, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland OR
December 2, 2017 through January 15, 2018
For an expanded list of shows and comissions, click here to download resume.