Geir Nustad, one of the best european master artisans dedicated to glass sculpture, was born in Tromsø, in the north of Norway. He moved to Kosta, Sweden in 2006 to begin his studies to become a glassblower at the Kosta Glascenter (Kosta Boda) where he was taught the famous Grail technique and from which he graduated in 2009.
He continued to actively search for his own expression with glass and to pursue that he decided to study in the Glass Department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands, from which he graduated in 2012. He now works from Amsterdam. Through his works, Geir intends to create a bridge between craft, design and fine arts in order to create a deeper connection between the object or sculpture and the spectator. His artistic practice stretches from drawing and painting to creation of objects, sculptures and installations, mainly made of glass.
Geir brings his works to life by freehand blowing glass in filigree with a heat treatment to change the exterior expression of the glass. This master artisan sees his works as reflections, objects that portray change over time. His main source of inspiration comes from nature in Norway and the mountains around Tromsø with their thrilling elements that reflect the opposing differences between winter and summer, dark and light.
The thinking behind his “Waves” series is to explore form, patterns and colors and challenge the technical and aesthetic possibilities of glass. “Waves” focuses on the strong contrast between the exterior and interior, the dark and the colorful, exploring the limits of what is possible within the material of glass, creating a floating bridge between art, craft and design.
At “Best of Europe” we could see Geir’s Celadon egg and Purpur egg. Those egg-shaped blown glass sculptures stand on glass. At first sight, the viewer can be tricked by Nustad’s exploration of color, patterns and textures into thinking this work is made from turned wood. The strong contrast between the exterior and interior of the sculpture, the dark and the colorful, pushes the limits of what is possible when working with glass, both technically and aesthetically.
Nowadays, Geir Nustad is working hard on his solo exhibition that will be showcased at the prestigious National Glass Museum in Leerdam NL.
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