“My fragmented figure sculptures interchange selected, cast bronze fragments of figures with blocks of natural stone. Stone adds a gestured force that binds the elements together. The fine art sculptures give the viewer the opportunity to participate visually and connect the segments of the incomplete figure in an understandable way.”
From: Utah, originally from Canada | Medium: Bronze and Stone Sculpture
Bryon Draper was born and raised in Cardston, Alberta, Canada. In 1990 he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young University – Hawaii. Following graduation, he returned to Canada where he met and married Cathenia Yawney in May of 1991. A year later he was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program at Brigham Young University – Provo.
After graduating in 1995 with an emphasis in sculpture, he and his wife returned to Canada. In 1999 he accepted a full-time position at Brigham Young University in Provo, where he currently teaches sculpture. Bryon’s sculptures have been included in numerous national and international juried exhibitions and have received several awards. He and his wife Cathenia and their three children, Breanne, Alexandra and Keaton are presently living in Springville. Bryon Draper’s sculptures are available from a Scottsdale art gallery, The Marshall Gallery of Fine Art.
“My fragmented figure sculptures interchange selected, cast bronze fragments of figures with blocks of natural stone. Stone adds a gestured force that binds the elements together. The fine art sculptures give the viewer the opportunity to participate visually and connect the segments of the incomplete figure in an understandable way. I try not to impose any particular meanings but, rather, to develop layers or suggestions of possible inference and leave the viewer to interject associations.
I am drawn, in part, to the use of intentional fragmentation of the figure as a result of my interest in the sculptural ruins of antiquity. The human ability to interpret meaning through the arrangement of fragments of information is fascinating. Through this assimilation we construct our reality. My sculptures are deliberately contemplative in nature: they should stimulate the viewer toward deep introspection.”
Best of Show Award, The Gateway National, Gateway Museum, Farmington, NM
Award of Excellence, Bold Expressions, Northern California Arts, Inc., Sacramento Fine Arts Center
Exhibits & Collections
State of Hawaii, The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu
Springville Museum of Art, Utah
Brigham Young University – Hawaii, Laie, HI
New Orleans Art Association 21st National Juried Art Exhibition