Romanian sculptor Darius Hulea beautifully mixes contemporary and classical to make his gorgeous statues by using iron, stainless steel, brass, and copper wires. With these industrial materials Hulea is able to “sketch” his figures in three dimensions by carefully molding the metals into recognisable portraits.
Hulea found his interest in sculpturing through being exposed to the folk crafts found in his village during his youth, not to mention that both his grandmother and great grandmother wove traditional geometric fabrics still used today.
Hulea did however gain his knowledge and insight into the power of industrial materials from his grandfather who worked with agricultural tools. After that Hulea made the switch from painting to sculpting and combined his interests of history and art.
Hulea's work is more focused on the principals of classical drawing even though he is contemporary in material and execution. The skilled sculptor uses wires of differing widths to translate the quick pencil strokes of a sketch. Hulea’s work and each fragmented line is placed in three dimensions to create the look and feel Hulea is after.
“I discovered during my second year of college that the great artists of modern history used the principle of drawing in space or drawing the space through different metallic structures. Some, like Picasso, used recycled materials or, like Calder or David Smith, industrial materials. That moment was the turning point of the sculptures that I am doing now. For me, this type of drawing is what we find in the sketches of the great artists of the Renaissance like Michelangelo and Da Vinci—serious and realistic compositions that anyone can understand.”
The impressive sculptor also finds artistic freedom by working in metal. His fine lines can create shading, while thicker wires can produce bold contours. His material of chose provides him more freedom to execute his “drawings” while bringing part of the past to a new audience.
“I hope that people will understand that I do nothing but draw in a new way, in a durable material of the past. I can then explore and research, as an artist, mythical, Renaissance, and modern thinking by finding three-dimensional examples that describe us now in a history of the past.”