Somers Randolph

“I am spoiled now, I carve what I like and if someone wants it, they buy it. I’ve been fortunate all along that people want what I like to carve.”

Somers Randolph

For thirty years Somers Randolph has refined a vocabulary of shapes by carving them from solid rock. Alabaster, soapstone, marble and granite have yielded sensuous curves under his hammer and chisel.

Randolph was born in 1956 in Boston, MA. He was raised in Washington D.C. and after attending Exeter went to Pietrasanta, Italy and the Corcoran School of Art. He graduated from Princeton in 1979 with a degree in Art History. Randolph spent twelve years in Santa Barbara, seven in Nashville, and has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1997.

Somers Randolph’s sculpture is deceptively simple. The vibrant spirals, continuous knots and woven curves awaken our innermost selves. His forms resonate on an unconscious level. After three decades of chipping, sawing, sanding, and polishing stone, his works are in major collections and museums worldwide.

“I am spoiled now, I carve what I like and if someone wants it, they buy it. I’ve been fortunate all along that people want what I like to carve.”

“What is success? I’ve been extremely successful. I have a full life with my precocious daughter Comfort. I still get to spend my time making shapes. My work might last hundreds of years after I am gone. What could be better?”

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Artist Statement

“My gift is the one of form,” states Santa Fe Sculptor Somers Randolph, “Whether it’s a delicate soapstone carving in the palm of your hand or a five -foot marble sculpture that anchors the far end of your rose garden.   Cradled by Santa Fe’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the airy and eclectic studio where these exquisite works are made is in itself a tribute to the sculptor.  Somers is at home in the shop he built with beams from an old warehouse in Nashville.  Even his workbench is mad eof heavy hand-hewn oplar logs pulled from an 1800s brick building.  Beams that are recycled from a settler’s earlier structure.   He has managed to attract celebrity collectors from all over the world and proudly has become one of the country’s most notable in his field.   

Awards

Fulbright Scholarship, 1992
Excellence Award, Ohio Designer Craftsmen
Best Sculpture Award, Mitchel Museum, IL
Cohn Family Trust prize, Philadelphia Museum of Art craft show
Excellence in Glass Award, West Palm Beach Craft Show

Collection & Exhibits

SOFA Chicago & SOFA New York
Crafts America & Craft Boston Shows
National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia
Provena Medical Centers in Urbana and Danville, IL

 

 

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