Banksy may have created a fun park in Weston-super-Mare, but here in London the designer-sculptor Finn Stone has taken over the Woolf Gallery for a world of fun and imagination through his colourful and amusing sculptures.
Finn turns the world upside down. Well-known paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, Warhol, Van Gogh and others great artists have become three dimensional sculptures made from hundreds of paint-brushes, animal’s heads are dressed in studs and tartan, harking back to the punk fashion scene of the 1960’s, and Damien Hirst’s sharks have a rash of his coloured spots or are being attacked by his butterflies. Cyberdogs have space-age heads from old tv’s and radios and boots, shoes, skateboards and baseball caps have become highly-polished chrome sculptures.
These are only a small example of Finn’s creative genius. Finn’s background is as a furniture designer, initially by making furniture for private commissions and then achieving commercial success with his “Ball Chair” which has freed him to let his imagination run free. The variety is amazing – almost any household item could be sucked into his “fun, funky and fascinating” world. Finn’s “Ball Chairs” are here also – unique versions in both fibreglass and aluminium, too good to leave beside the swimming pool, which is where many of these chairs currently sit across the world.
After a summer of grey skies and rain, we needed Finn to give us this colourful, amusing and uplifting start to the autumn.