As the Editor-in-Chief of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine I have had the pleasure of working with many incredible sculptors for more than 5 years now – for the magazine itself, our web blog, our curated exhibitions, the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize, and of course sharing their work across our 900,000+ strong social media network. Sculpture is personally my favourite medium, so it is always a thrill to delve deeply into the practices of my favourite artists, or to discover a new sculptor whose work is unique and technically exceptional.

So as this year comes to a close I wanted to share with you a list of artists who work in a wide variety of mediums from found object assemblage, glass, textiles, wood, marble, sculpey, metal, wax, string, bones, feathers, fibreglass, sugar, resin, metal, clay, taxidermy, paper, textiles, fine porcelain etc., and whose works range in scale from miniature to larger than life or room size! All of whom I believe are among the greatest living and working sculptors of 2018. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, and not is any particular order, however as you will see the works speak for themselves. The list includes internationally acclaimed artists, whose work is held in many museum permanent collections, as well as fascinating and brilliant emerging sculptors who deserve more attention. You may note that there are some sculptors who are conspicuously missing, this is because I have not included artists with a minimal or no Instagram presence [my little tip for all artists: showing beautiful photographs of completed works, rather than just works in progress, is very important], because as you will see all the artists mentioned below are linked to their Instagram accounts, so you can quickly and easily follow them too!

We hope this list helps aspiring sculpture get some ideas on how to get more instagram followers and if you are a sculptor, or know one that you feel should be included in next year’s list, please comment below. I am always in search of exciting new creatives! And if you want to gave some more traction on your own pieces, check out kenji for instagram growth.

Finally, the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize will have a separate Sculpture Category Award in 2019 to ensure all the amazing emerging and mid career sculptors around the world get the recognition they deserve! Join our email mailing list to ensure you don’t miss out on all the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize news and of course to be notified when entries open in the new year. The 2019 Prize will also have separate Category Awards for Traditional [painting, drawing, collage etc], Digital Art and Photography, so let all your creative friends know! We will be announcing the Jury Panel and Prizes in the new year. See details of this year’s Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize, Finalists, Honourable Mentions and Winners.

Note this list does not include Art Dolls or Art Toys. I hope to do another list of these artists in future.

Top 100 Sculptors of 2018 on Instagram

1. Beth Cavener

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Today is the last day. My solo show, “The Other," at the Jason Jacques Gallery, will be closing at 3pm. …. The 5 major works in this show represent a monumental effort spanning the last 2.5 years in the studio, and I am pleased that it has been an unprecedented success! I am pretty sure the attendance for this exhibition far exceeded any other…and it means a great deal to me that so many of you traveled far and wide to come. If you haven't yet made it out to the gallery, this is the last chance too see these pieces before all the work comes down and is shipped off to private collections. Please come out, and let me know what you think….your continued support and feedback is amazing and humbling. .. …. Image above: “Tribute “
2017 Material: Stoneware, paint, hand-forged steel collars and chain Dimensions: Wolf: 69 in. length, 46 in. height, 31 in. width

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2. Kris Kuksi

3. Aron Demetz

4. Mahlimae

5. Julia deVille

6. Erika Sanada

7. Crystal Morey

8. Kim Simonsson

9. Anna-Wili Highfield

10. Carole Feuerman

11. Akishi Ueda

12. Ellen Jewett

13. Kate MacDowell

14. Elizabeth McGrath

15. Sarah Rayner

16. Forest Rogers

17. Sarah Louise Davey

18. Ronit Baranga

19. Daniel Firman

20. Yoshimasa Tsuchiya

21. Jessica Joslin

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Carina, 2006 ?

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22. Jessica Dalva

23. Pip & Pop

24. Lucy Glendinning

25. Scott Radke

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untitled commission 6-18 42” tall x 23” base

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26. Susannah Montague

27. Miriam Knibbeler

28. Cristina Córdova

29. Colin Christian

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A few pics of my ‘Super Space Titan Kitty’ which I made for Sanrio and Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary party in La. Some people were freaked out by my buff Kitty, expecting the same cute figure as always, a shallow expectation. Sanrio asked@my opinion, and I said I saw her as a 40 year old woman, an ambassador perhaps for humanity? A scientist in a spacesuit ready to explore? She got picture of the week in newspapers all over the world, she took me 8 months to make, and started out as dumpster dived styrofoam and great stuff. ? I am an artist, who’s work has been shipped all over the world. I don’t go on about it much, perhaps I should? 10 ft tall, I made that, no computers, just me and my hands.

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30. Tim Clarkson

31. Joseph Marr

32. Juz Kitson

33. Caitlin McCormack

34. Scott Hove

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'Execucide', detail. For the Banksy show 'Dismaland'

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35. Vipoo

36. Bruno Walpoth

37. Johnson Tsang

38. Emil Melmoth

39. Gosia

40. Hedi Xandt

41. Anne-Valérie Dupond

42. Kathie Olivas

43. Willy Verginer

44. Xooang Choi

45. Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

46. Patricia Piccinini

47. Juliette Clovis

48. Isabel Peppard

49. Javier Perez

50. Penelope Davis

51. Gehard Demetz

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"Warmness of teachers shoes" Foto Egon Dejori

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52. JAGO

53. Michelle Perrett

54. Coderch & Malavia

55. Alessandro Gallo

56. Seung Mo Park

57. Ariel Bowman

58. Claudia Fontes

59. Penny Evans

60. Natalie Ryan

61. Christopher David White

62. Lorren Lowrey

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Just pulled this piece out of the kiln on Sunday and have been doing some cold finish touch ups. Unfortunately working with porcelain means finding creative ways to deal with the inevitable issues. Pretty pleased with it so far though. • • Also, learned some useful photo documenting skills thanks to @mariogalluccistudio • • #contemporaryceramicsculpture #contemporaryceramics #contemporaryclay #CSC #ceramicsculptureculture #fineart #surrealism #popsurrealism #beautifulbizarre #femaleartist #queerartist #darkart #juxtapozmagazine #hifructose #lowbrowart #lowbrowpopsurrealism #artgallery #CREmerging #ceramicreview #ceramics #ceramicmonthly #ceramicmonthlymagazine #pdxart #pdxartist #portlandart #portlandartist #creepmachine #partsofculture #skuttlilns #createmagazine

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63. Gerard Mas

64. Sally Kent

65. Hsu-Tung Han

66. Paloma Smith

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?This is a SCULPTURE and therefore follows instagrams guidlines! copied and pasted instagrams guidlines "Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK"? #tb again to Me lovely "Abigails Love song" sculpture. Such a shame that I've been shadow blocked and you can't browse her making from sketch to finished piece in her own hashtag anymore #AbigailsLoveSong but if you scroll back you can see more pics of her, she's my most recent finnished piece so her photos aren't too far back⚘ Based on the short story by Oscar Wilde "the nightingale and the rose" For a group show a while back "hearts blood" at @havengallery curated by @beautifulbizarremagazine (Abigails design was created 4th july 2017) #sculpture #art #popsurrealism #abigailslovesong #heartsblood #oscarwilde #thenightingaleandtherose

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67. Thom Puckey

68. Sam Jinks

69. Susannah Zucker

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The first of the life sized "Crouch" series. Mixed media with steel fabricated prosthetic legs and moose antler wings. Here is an excerpt from the Life Support Exhibition statement…The wings are a visual metaphor for how the body finds freedom; alchemy, resilience, pleasure, abandon, release – but they also carry a ghostly implication of the body finding flight via death. When the bones are embedded into the figures, they offer a testament to the life of the animal, but also to the more animal aspects of human nature; our instinctual desires and fascinations that often drive us in ways we cannot understand or perceive. #beautifulbizarre #clayfigure #claysculpture #ceramicfigure #ceramicfiguresculpture #ceramicsculpture #figurativeart #figuresculpture #humanbody #figurativeart #disability #prosthetics

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70. Ebony Russell

71. Paul Poupet

72. Calvin Ma

73. Kate MccGwire

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ECHO – (2018) mixed media with Magpie feather in ebonised cabinet. Currently on show at 21st Century Women @theunitlondon curated by the talented partnership @janemneal and @frutholstrup Open from today until 31st October – 3 Hanover Square. Jane Neal wrote: Kate MccGwire’s fantastical sculptures experiment with binary notions or beauty and disgust, malice and tranquility, the familiar and the unworldly or uncanny. She has made feather her chosen medium, using them to create shapes that are both suggestive of the familiar and the abject or uncanny. Like Parsons, MccGwire’s work uses nature as a source of inspiration, but rather than recording it in a straightforwardly direct manner, both artists use its beauty to draw us from earthly planes into the realm of the sublime. MccGwire’s practice could also fall into the territory of the mystical or esoteric, and as such it hovers tantalisingly between nature and the fantastic.

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74. Biata Roytburd

75. Kirsten Stingle

76. ASPENCROW

77. Bran Lin

78. Katsuyo Aoki

79. Lisa Clague

80. Kazuhiro Tsuji

81. Alice Couttoupes

82. Ed Elliott

83. Matthew Levin

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Ibis

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84. Crystal Wagner

85. Tach Pollard

86. Anu Allikas

87. Tom Kuebler

88. Verginer Matt

89. Christina Bothwell

90. Virginie Ropars

91. Chiharu Shiota

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On Tuesday, I was in London, attending the private view of my exhibition “Me Somewhere Else” at @blainsouthern Blain in London, UK. In my installation, my bronze feet stand grounded in the centre of the room, connecting me to earth but my mind remains somewhere else. I want to express my emotions with my art because I often carry feelings that are difficult to explain. The exhibition is now officially open, make sure to visit! —— Exhibition Dates:
Nov 28, 2018 – Jan 19, 2019 —— For more information visit:
https://www.blainsouthern.com/exhibitions/me-somewhere-else —— #opening #exhibition #MeSomewhereElse #BlainSouthern #Gallery #London #UK #contemporaryart #artist #art #installation #earth #feet #sculpture #bodyandmind #connection #redweb #universe #Japan #Berlin #installation #installationartist #November2018

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92. Sergio Bustamante

93. Claire Morgan

94. Adam Wallacavage

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Lil pink

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95. Qixuan Lim

96. Carisa Swenson

97. Maria Rubinke

98. Doubleparlour

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Harvestmen, https://doubleparlour.com

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99. Darla Jackson

100. Paolo Del Toro

 

 

 

8 Responses

    • Zhanna Martin

      Wow!!! Beautiful list. All my favorite people are here and some new I’d like to follow. Will work hard and hopefully will be included in the future. :)

      Reply
  1. Emma Herz

    I would highly recommend Amy Sol and Romain Van Den Bogaert. Both on instagram, both exceptionally talented. And as a future ceramics student, thank you for this resource of inspiration.

    Reply

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