In his sculptures, Lupino’s interpretation of reality, his transformations of the ordinary into the extraordinary, are forged through his use of the various media and the tools he employs in metal and woodworking materials and equipment, in welding, reforming and polishing of metals, and in the intricate shaving of layers of wood.

His wood and metal sculptures are both gorgeous and hideous at the same time with their composition of finely sculpted wood and sharp metal components.

Lupino’s Art rewards close scrutiny at exhibition as the pieces are infused with a troubled energy, a raw beauty, the discomforting impermanence of human existence. However, buried in the pieces is a sense of the redemptive power of faith. This is at the heart of his Lupinizam philosophy.

APOCALYPTIC WORLD - AUTUMN 2017 COLLECTION

Lupino’s latest collection – Apocalyptic World (2017) – takes Lupinizam to new levels with several acrylic on wood with metal studies. He revisits themes of nature and beauty ravaged or about to be ravaged by a forbidding apocalyptical finale to our short time on earth.

Statues

Lupino’s ability to forge and create statuesque works in metal and wood result in three-dimensional larger-than-life sculpted forms. His bronze majesties – on fire -, shaped first by hand in clay and then cast in bronze, are anchored in time and place but somehow soar beyond their earthly confines, reaching out to…the stars?…the unearthly reaches of space and time? What magical journey are they leading us on?

Another World

His incarnations in the Another World collection (2016), go further. Lupino creates a family of aliens whose superior other world gazes look above and through us. The sculptures reference Venus di Milo, Madonna and Child but are clearly not of this world, strangely beautiful but devoid of emotion.

Acrylic on Wood

The ongoing Acrylic on Wood studies started in 2012 are a foretaste of the latest 2017 pieces in Apocalyptic World. Lupino seeks out and uses pieces of wood from sustainable sources. He lovingly creates his art on natural 3-dimensional canvas with complementary artwork on front and rear surfaces.

Chairs

 

The iconic Chair collection (2012 ongoing) is a magnificent marriage of authority and a seat of power in an oversize chair design. The brutish beauty of the chairs draws admiration while being discomforting. The suggestion of abuse of power is evident in the fabric of the material and e uses to c These are chairs that only a very few people can feel comfortable occupying.

Sculpted Masks

In his masks collection, Lupino riffs on a folkloric approach to spirituality. At the same time, the mask is an important element in his works which represents mistrust, deception and evil. Masks are an important basis for his Lucifer’s World studies.

Crosses

The cross collection is an ongoing series where Lupino finds interesting offcuts of wood which can be fashioned to bring out the anthropomorphic qualities of a simple product of nature. The cross is a symbol of western organised representation of faith. In his masks collection, he riffs on a folkloric approach to spirituality.

Lupino’s ongoing love for decorative arts and accessible art which is both functional and beautiful, leads him to make occasional pieces for lifestyle and home use. While the grander, poignant themes of his art are absent, there is still the usual attention to detail to work with natural wood and forge metal fusing media to create statement pieces of furniture.


The Adriatic Sea Stone Collection is an ongoing exquisite set of pieces found naturally on his native Croatia coastline. Each piece is chosen for its natural shape and symmetry. It is then crafted, sculpted and coloured using Lupino’s skill as an artist to work with nature and bring out the anthropomorphic qualities of the natural media.