"Offering"by David Boyajian
“Sculpture is more divine,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote (in a comparison of sculpture and painting), “and more like nature, that fashions all her works in high relief.” David Boyajian, master sculptor and owner of the Sculpture Barn in New Fairfield, exemplifies this vision at his studio through a multitude of striking abstract creations, some of which—like his towering kinetic masterpieces, “Offering” (pictured, a commissioned work constructed of steel) and “Silver Lining,” which is among an impressive collection of sculpture exhibited in the property’s four-acre Sculpture Field. He explains, “Working in a variety of scales and materials, I create sculptures that are three-dimensional riffs, driven by the power and beauty of nature.”
An award-winning artist, Boyajian is also a teacher and entrepreneur. A past director of sculpture studies at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, he currently teaches at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury and at Norwalk Community College. After he and his family bought the property in 2003 from sculptor Mike Nevelson (son of renowned 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson), they took up residence and turned the barn’s ground floor into a 4,000-square-foot atelier, where Boyajian now offers classes in metal, stone and wood carving and bronze casting. They also restored another 3,000-square-foot area, converting it into an exhibit gallery that doubles as an event and performance space. The workshops draw serious students and established artists who come not only for Boyajian’s expertise, but also for the welding and fabrication tools and equipment he makes available to them. “This is a living, breathing place for artists who understand the same language,” he says.
Boyajian takes on commission work, from functional sculpture and architectural metalwork to private and public sculpture. His latest project (with sculptor Matt Rink)—a September 11 memorial wall relief—will be unveiled at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport in September (date will be announced for the memorial ceremony that will mark the 10th anniversary of the horrific event).
“It all goes back to nature,” he says of his work. “It has a connection to the landscape, which is constantly changing, yet somehow still gives a sense of permanence.”
Paint on Metal, an exhibit of sculpture, paintings and works on paper by Boyajian, his students and other noted and emerging artists, is on view in the gallery through Sept. 15.