Brent & Shirley Cairns of Kaiapoi are the artists behind the brand name of NakedArt.
Reverence for the human form is the underlying value behind each of the sculptures that they create from taking a mould from a live model. Some of the most famous and popular artworks through the ages have involved the human form and this couple are carrying on this tradition with their unique style of sculpture.
Their creative skill brings out the beauty in each of the people that offer to model for them with techniques developed to capture minute detail.
Generally the medium employed is imported gypsum from the United States. Multiple layers of colored glaze are then applied to produce a faux bronze effect that changes the look of the sculpture as the light changes during the day or with artificial light at night.
Another medium they use is glass. The wonderful effects you get when you combine the human body and the translucent properties of glass, makes for a sensual ambience.
Pewter is another medium they have experimented with providing a unique reflective contemporary look, along with Aluminium.
Whilst both raised in Southland they came from very different backgrounds, Shirley’s fathers business manufactured concrete water tanks so during the school holidays she would spend her time plastering tanks. Where as Brent’s family is more on the creative side, his grandmother was a painter and his mother and sisters are talented in all types of craft.
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