Johannes von Stumm’s unique combination of three different materials has attracted public and critical acclaim in a decade of successful exhibitions, both in the UK and abroad. His startlingly original sculpture, which engages continually with risk and a defiance of accepted laws, joins iron, granite and glass to create abstract or reduced figurative works in which apparently conflicting materials exist in complex harmony. Read more –>
Johannes von Stumm – Born 1959 Munich
Von Stumm’s choice of media and instinct for experimentation is deeply rooted in his background, in a childhood and adolescence spent at the foot of the Alp’s with long winters,
On returning to the Academy, he asked for help, only to be told that the alliance of these very different materials was impossible. The challenge was irresistible: after three years of breaking glass, he finally developed a way of joining these opposing forces in an inseparable unity, a form in which inter-dependent pieces hold each other upright and are often linked as a carpenter would join two pieces of wood. Such a breakthrough has proved rich in possibilities: in fifteen years of combining metal with glass and stone, Von Stumm has expanded the boundaries of expression by fusing the strong and the fragile, the solid and the liquid, the dark and the transparent.
Stumms sculptures are sought by leading galleries in Europe.
1989- Studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Art, Munich
2009 – Sculpture ‘Mother and Child’ at Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
2011 – Guest Lecturer at Shenyang University, China & Christ Church University, Canterbury,
Guest lecturer at Imperial College, London & Lecturer at Central St. Martin’s, London.
2009 – 2012 President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors
Style: glass sculpture abstract