February 16, 2022In blog

How Resin Became A Great Art Form

Anyone who is fascinated by and attracted to the sculptures we produce may wonder just how the contemporary resin art that makes such an impact today emerged.

While the origins of some forms of craft can be found way back in the cultures of antiquity and may even be lost in the mists of time, certain styles of art – ranging from painting to sculpture and architecture – developed as particular ‘schools’.

In the case of resin art, the history of using natural resin goes right back to ancient times. After all, it exists in a natural form, secreted from trees and known as amber in its hardened form. It was valued for various purposes, from the Greek belief that it was solidified sunlight to its use as a hallucinogenic drug in some cultures. Naturally, it was ideal for jewellery, especially amber.

Of course, it is now possible to make resin synthetically and, like glass, it can be coloured, moulded and shaped, making it ideal for jewellery, sculptures, various receptacles and furnishings. However, unlike glass it is not easily broken and can withstand hard impacts.

This versatility and robustness made resin an ideal substance to use in art and sculpture, not least because it came with the ultimate promise; that while on the one hand something spectacular and beautiful could be created with it to delight art lovers, collectors, and anyone who wanted their home or property to feature something exceptional, it would not be fragile and vulnerable.

When you see modern sculptures such as those featuring handbags, this is the most contemporary use of resin. As the Tate notes, this has proved popular with modern sculptors – including some items in its own collection.

Some may say art is now more daring, which is arguably true, though of course everything is in the eye of the beholder. But while the likes of Damian Hirst might sometimes push the limits, we believe the representation of fashion in our resin art has a broad and more lasting appeal.