If the key to art is to see the beauty that other people miss, then these sculptures work wonders. Having spent many a year in the building trade, Mike Janes is now fulfilling his dream and selling his wonderful artwork to the community at LondonArt. By using materials traditionally found on the building site, this artist forges the industrial with the metaphysical and creates incredible art objects out of stone and steel. These stunning works combine the ancient, classical tradition with occasional flashes of pop sensibility and always succeed in being aesthetically incredible sculptures. Other works take a more abstract approach and seek to invoke the eternal with their organic shapes and symbolic references. As well as creating strong visual images, his work also contains subtle indicators of an observant mind, taking in the contemporary world and using it to make art.
The first sculptures to grab us at LondonArt were the fabulous torso series, in which the artist adds flashes of details such as the Superman logo, lending the piece a playful edge. Other works play on the modern infatuation with beauty by proving the world’s greatest six pack. A guitar melts and bleeds down to its base in a beautiful reference to the blues and to George Harrison’s famous riff. An angel spreads its wings far and wide, while revealing a string vest beneath its skin exterior; the divine combines with the most monotonously human. In the Line of Least Resistance another figure is wrapped in a thick rope, reminiscent of the snakes engulfing the Laocoon in classical mythology. What Janes does so wonderfully is to combine the modern with the classical; big ideas with everyday materials. These are thoughtful and incredibly impressive sculptures that would make the right buyer very happy. For this reason we are delighted to name Mike Janes as artist of the week.