The practice of Melbourne-based artist Jon Eiseman spans more than three decades. Rich in symbolism, Eiseman’s exquisite bronzes present beautifully cast images of birds, boats and solitary figures that inhabit surreal landscapes; a fleeting netherworld of dreams and the subconscious. His poetic sculptures symbolically explore the human condition, particularly in a social and spiritual context. They unveil human desires and aspirations that are suppressed by rational consciousness and the routine of everyday living. This shadow world of the human psyche, where reason rarely enters and primitive desires run rampant, may seem all but vanquished in our modern world, yet Eiseman hints that perhaps it has more dominion than we realise. By canvassing this psychic tussle between the rational and irrational, the works become symptomatic of the different modes of interpretation that mark an art audience.
Eiseman completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons.) in 1997 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2000 at Monash University, Melbourne. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and his work is held in many significant collections including Point Leo Sculpture Park, Latrobe University Collection, Geelong Regional Gallery, Constable and Hershon Vineyards, Burnie Regional Gallery and Parliament House, Tasmania.
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