Jonathan Prince

BIOGRAPHY

1952-

Jonathan Prince shapes stone and steel into elegant, expressive, abstract sculptures, drawing inspiration from the Modernist emphasis on materiality, form, and precision, and influence from masters like Constantin BrancusiJean Arp, and Jacques Lipchitz. “For me, the solidity and strength of stone and steel have always had a profound effect,” he says. “These materials […] connect me to the earth and its history.” Prince’s process, which requires both heavy machinery and careful handwork, merges man and machine. His forms are inspired by nature, science, the human body, and ancient artifacts—fissures, ruptures, punctures, and gashes are recurrent motifs, often interrupting the highly polished, smooth surfaces of his sculptures, revealing contrasting rough and raw interiors.