In cherry wood and resembling an enormous fairy tea cup or classical urn, we love the strong organic element in the design of this intriguing piece by Julian Schwarz. Entitled ‘Big Cherry II’ the particular texture and irregularities of the wood take centre stage. Based in France, the artist works only with traditional hand tools (axes, saws, shears, gouges etc) and his starting point for this piece was a halved tree trunk which he carved into this powerful and raw object. His work inevitably makes us think of various references, but he is clear: ’I don’t like a piece to make people think of something. Through my bulky forms I am looking for solidity, energy, architectural presence. My work may have a brutal aspect but I hope it exudes a vital humanity’.
As well as the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Julian Schwarz’s work can be found in the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, The Henry Moore Foundation and the Tate and V & A Libraries.