What you are about to see below is a series of unbelievable folded paper sculptures created by British artist John Clark after 3D Video Games characters. His creations are the result of a complex technique which combines plotting, pattern making and injection moulding, all of which might sound really Science Fiction to most of us. What the inexperienced eye can see in his works is human-like characters painted with different pigments and waxes. There is so much more than meets the eye, though.
Clark’s art is a long-term project. He began creating the first cardboard model back in 2016. It was a man sculpture which he started painting multiple times. His many years as an art director for Sony, working on big budget games like Killzone and Little Big Planet provided him with a lot of “food for inspiration”.
John Clark has a pretty solid art background. He studied at Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, before moving to Scotland to co-found the Glasgow Sculpture Studios and teach at Grey’s School of Art in Aberdeen.
He describes his artwork in simple words: “The technique used to build these is my own confection, combining pattern making, plotting, and injection moulding. Each sculpture in an edition is handmade and finished with a variety of paints, pigments, and waxes that are applied as if to a canvas”.
The sculptures do look like bronze sculptures, tuned to perfection. They represent the man and his many struggles and emotional states. Men are funny, men are sad and down in the dumps, men are helping each other, men are confused, women are beautiful, flawed, but perfect and they’re all caught in a whirlwind called life. What do you think of Clark’s creations? If you just saw them in an art galley, would you have been able to say “it’s a paper sculpture”? We don’t think so. They’re more than folded paper sculptures, they’re art and their very own fragility transmits the message: “Men might be frail, but still beautiful in their imperfection.