Let’s Face it, LEGO must now be considered the greatest toy of all time, one that inspires creativity in adults and children alike. As such, we here at IWOOT have brought together some of our favourite creative people who use lego today – check them out, get inspired, and send us your own creations!
1. Nathan Sawaya
Probably the most well known LEGO-based artist, Nathan Sawaya is based in New York and shows his work in galleries in New York, Miami and Maui. In his studios, Sawaya has over two and a half million coloured bricks. Journalist Scott jones has said that “Sawaya is a surrealist mash-up of forms and artists. Imagine Frank Lloyd Wright crossed with Ray Harryhausen, or Auguste Rodin crossed with Shigeru Miyamoto, and you start to get a sense of where Sawaya is coming from.”
2. Angus MacLane
An animator at Pixar on every release since A Bug’s Life, Angus MacLane has created a huge variety of wonderfully imaginative LEGO figures. He has said: “Mostly I build with LEGO as a way to unwind from a day spent in front of the computer. The tactile nature of LEGO can be much more satisfying than working in the often intangible realm of the computer. Also, a large part of an animator’s job is to clearly communicate an idea through the pose of a character. I think this is similar to building with LEGO where part of the goal is to sculpt clear shapes that communicate the purpose of the creation.”
3. Jason Allemann
In his own words: “I design and build custom models using LEGO bricks. Here you can watch videos showcasing many of the mechanical and robotic models that I have created. I try to present these models in an informative and entertaining way, show you how they work and often provide step by step building instructions for them on my website.”
4. Sean Kenney
From his bio: “Sean Kenney is a renowned artist and “professional kid” who uses LEGO pieces to design and create contemporary sculpture for high-profile clients, major corporations, and venues around the globe.
The New York Times calls Sean’s work the “artistic elite” of LEGO-building. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, BBC news, PBS Arts, ABC World News, HGTV, Wired, ELLE, and more.
5. Cristoph Niemann
From his website: “Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, graphic designer, and author. After his studies in Germany he moved to New York City in 1997. His work has appeared on the covers The New Yorker, Time, Wired, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration, and has won awards from AIGA, the Art Directors Club and The Lead Awards. His corporate clients include Google, Amtrak and The Museum of Modern Art. He is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. Since July 2008, Niemann has been writing and illustrating the whimsical Abstract City, a New York Times blog, renamed Abstract Sunday in 2011, when the blog’s home became The New York Times Magazine. For his column he draws and writes essays about politics, the economy, art and modern life. He has drawn live from the Venice Art Biennale, the Olympic Games in London, The 2012 Republican Convention and he has drawn the New York City Marathon — while actually running it. Niemann is the author of many books, most recently “Abstract City”. His latest project is an interactive, animated app called Petting Zoo. In 2010, he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall Of Fame.”