Sollai Cartwright

Arrival of the Warrior

Arrival of the Warrior

Italian Statuario marble Height - 120cms Width - 50cms Depth - 42cms

Arrival of the Warrior

Arrival of the Warrior

Bird Rising

Bird Rising

Italian Statuario marble - SOLD Height - 154cms Width - 35cms Depth - 25cms

Bird Rising

Bird Rising

Bird Rising

Bird Rising

Dancer by the Sea

Dancer by the Sea

Foundry bronze - SOLD (Edition 3 of 8) Height - 166cms Width - 70cms Depth - 18cms

Dancer by the Sea

Dancer by the Sea

Portrait of a Bird

Portrait of a Bird

Spanish Marquina marble Red Gum Height - 49cms Width - 39cms Depth - 30cms

Portrait of a Bird

Portrait of a Bird

Adam

Adam

Spanish Marquina marble Height - 61cms Width - 18cms Depth - 27cms

Adam

Adam

Woman Reclining

Woman Reclining

Italian Statuario marble Height - 29cms Width - 83cms Depth - 33cms

Woman Reclining

Woman Reclining

The Dreamer

The Dreamer

Italian Statuario marble Height - 31cms Width - 63cms Depth - 21cms

The Dreamer

The Dreamer

Reflection

Reflection

Italian Statuario marble Height - 22cms Width - 19cms Depth - 12.5cms

Reflection

Reflection

Embracing Figures

Embracing Figures

Italian Statuario marble Height - 31cms Width - 26cms Depth - 11cms

Embracing Figures

Embracing Figures

Figures in Landscape

Figures in Landscape

Oil on canvas Height - 76cms Width - 152cms

Dancing Forms

Dancing Forms

Oil on board Height - 61cms Width - 91cms

Nightscape

Nightscape

Oil on canvas Height - 91cms Width - 152cms

The Jazz Bar

The Jazz Bar

Oil on canvas Height - 152cms Width - 76cms

The Symphony

The Symphony

Oil on canvas Height - 152cms Width - 76cms

Sollai Cartwright was born in 1988 in Victoria, Australia and went on to study marble carving at the home of marble, Pietrasanta in Italy. To this day, Sollai continues to return to Pietrasanta to collect marble for his sculptures and to maintain his connection to this storied place.

Sollai's work speaks of a deep set intuition, a connection to marble that goes beyond man and material. Each piece of marble is a unique thing a compression of time and a record of history beyond our comprehension. In the hands of a craftsman and artist such as Sollai, a transformation takes place and his inner vision of beauty and form is projected into the stone. With great skill, care and delicate touch, forms emerge that echo both nature and humanity reminding us both of the marvels of fauna and the simple human gestures that we take for granted.

 

Sollai's forms in marble and even in bronze achieve the impossibility of carrying the sensation of being both solid and ephemeral. Even with a simple form such as 'Portrait of a Bird', its wave like peaks appear drawn from the air around us and the languid lines of 'Woman Reclining' overlap and dance with a lightness of being.

"For me, Art is simply about partaking in Creation. And I feel that when I create with freedom I am adding goodness to the Universe"

Sollai lives and works in Berlin and has exhibited in Australia, Hong Kong, Germany and London at Australia House. He has a major work in the Bei Wu Sculpture Park located in Wesenberg, Germany. He has further works in the late Neilma Gantner collection and works in private collections in the UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany and the Netherlands.

Sollai Cartwright hand carving marble in Berlin