Four years in the making, with a focus on 'carving through time', David's work respects the ancestry of stone carving and embraces the more modern figurative style of today. Torso's, emerging figures, birds, amongst others are his subjects.
‘Carving through time’ captures David Klein at his very best. The essence of David’s work is to take one of the hardest, heaviest materials, and work with it respectfully, rendering the stone into something weightless, soft, and touching. A figure crouched, emerging out of stone, creates a beautiful feeling of tenderness; a bird, watching, waiting light as feather, the details suggestive and real. He uses the stone as part of the narrative, and often lets it dictate the flow of the piece. David may at first envisage a warrior’s head in the block of stone or marble, but as he carves, and carves, something quite unpredictable may start to form. The finished piece is in fact a captive figure, bursting out of the stone, nothing holding it back, energy raw and primal, and tactile beyond belief. If you dictate to the stone, and stop listening, the end result may well feel forced and trapped. David knows how to listen.
David is drawn to carve things with a beating heart. Living things. Be it the female form, the male form, horses, birds of prey, owls and heads. None take center stage over another. All hold their own.