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artist in focus: alvaro tamarit

Alvaro Tamarit is an artist, sculptor and teacher, and specialises in furniture and functional objects. He creates unique commissions and bespoke pieces which are inspired by nature and have a sense of play

How do you describe your work?

My work is created with respect for nature, and questions the limits of established forms of art. That leads me to experiment with materials I find around me and to give them a new use. So, my work transmits a message of practicality and self-sufficiency by reducing and reusing materials whenever possible and creating new narratives from them

What would you say are your biggest influences?

On an artistic level, my greatest influence is the Povera art movement with artists like Giuseppe Penone and Jannis Kounellis exploring different natural materials including soil

Who do you have in mind when you create your work?

I have always tried to create sculptures in which nature is present. I make works that can weather change and transform, or pieces that generate oxygen by incorporating plants. A few years ago, David Nash showed me his sculptures made with living trees in Wales and that inspired me to explore new paths in my work

What makes your art different, special and irresistible?

I like to push boundaries and investigate different materials and processes. Each piece is a new challenge for me, a project that I dedicate time to, and from which I learn new things. I’m continually looking at how to create art with function as well as beauty

What do people say when they see your collection / portfolio? How does your art make them feel?

People react very positively and my work seems to generate feelings of empathy and hope

What do you think motivates people to buy your art? How does it appeal to the heart?

The sense of touch is a decisive factor when buying my work. Because of the mixed media elements in my work, it is both visual as well as tactile. As well as viewing a piece, people want to know how it is made, to touch it and notice its texture or weight. This is what connects people to my work

My clients also feel good because they know they are buying works of art that advocate environmental sustainability


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