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.
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.
An Elected Member of the National Sculptors Society, Durant exhibits his work nationally, recently showing in New York City, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Marietta, GA, and Portland, OR. He has also shown work in Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky, 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. As a part of Lighting the Way, Historic Women of the South Coast, Durant was awarded the sculpture commission of Elizabeth Taber, the town of Marion’s most significant benefactress. This life-sized bronze work will be installed Summer of 2020.
Erik Durant: Myths & Narratives
May 11-June 9
Opening Reception May 11
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Artist Talk at 5:20pm