EVELYNE BRADER-FRANK

Evelyne Brader-Frank was born in Wettingen, Switzerland in 1970 into an artistically talented family. Influenced by her grandfather, a landscape artist, and her brother, a surrealist painter, Evelyne had the opportunity to experiment with various mediums (pencil, aquarelle and airbrush).

Out of interest, Evelyne enrolled in her first sculpting class in 1990. Unlike other artistic methods, sculpting allowed Evelyne to express herself three dimensionally. She learned to work with many different types of stone but always found her way back to soapstone, the medium in which she could best express herself.

By the end of 1994, Evelyne left Switzerland and moved to Alberta where she did not only expand her work into Bronze, Concrete and Ice but also had the opportunity to further develop her skills by working with prominent Canadian artists such as the world's foremost ice carvers Michael Rapati and Larry Andreoff. She established herself as an acclaimed sculptor and is today successfully represented by leading galleries in Western Canada.

Evelyne's dynamic male and female figures are celebrations of form and the beautiful stones that they emerge from. Fascinated with classical mythology, Evelyne titles her sculptures after personalities from Greek and Roman myths, looking for a match between a character and her feelings for the new sculpture.

"My sculptures are inspired by the human body. I do not limit myself to work with only one material. The style of the three dimensional figure I plan to create drives my selection of media. Stone is the warmest of all and this leads to statues that emanate life. Bronze allows me to bring out particular details, capturing the eye of the observer. Steel gives me the opportunity to express a most abstract observation of form and movement. The mirror polish gives the work a beautiful dynamic appearance and captures and reflects a striking play of light, colors and shadows. The viewer discovers himself and his environment in the sculpture, making him part of the artwork.

 

Evelyne Brader-Frank lives and works in Switzerland.