His work rises from the earth giving the illusion that there is more beneath the surface, more of a still life left unseen. That is the hallmark of internationally known sculptor, David Phelps. Phelps uses the earth as part of his creation. A man leaning back in repose, a woman lounging in a bath, a snake slithering along a floor…all partially submerged below ground.
Childhood on a California farm gave Phelps a deep familiarity with the earth. He became acutely aware of cracked ground and cool ponds. As an adult artist in Oklahoma, those childhood impressions became entwined with his renowned sculptures.
An OETA-PBS Documentary