Henry Moore Influence

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Henry Moore Sheep SculptureHenry Moore and Barbara Hepworth have significantly grown as inspiration and influence on my own artwork and glass sculpture. In the first article, Inspiration in Art, I explained the complexity about inspiration. In the second article, Influence Behind My Glass Sculpture, I described the relationship between “inspiration” and “influence”.

As I was becoming increasingly more interested in moving away from purely decorative vases and vessels, I was doing more drawing and sketches of forms that were less functional.

My wife, Katie, said to me that my sketches reminded her of the sculptures by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. I had not made that connection until Katie pointed it out.

Both being artists, we have numerous books on art and artists. Not that I wasn’t familiar with the work of Henry Moore, but revisiting his work immediately had an impact on what I was trying to do.

Henry Moore "Carving" 1935

Henry Moore “Carving” 1935



This piece by Henry Moore in 1935, called “Carving”, in particular became of great interest to me. Part of what interest me was the simple form and the added dimension created by the pierced hole.



first sketch for the Bolinas sculpture

first Bolinas sculpture sketch

In 2003, I put together a series of sketches that were based on this work. In first couple of sketches on the left, I tried to emulate the form to feel out the direction I wanted to explore further.

My intent was not to copy Henry Moore’ s work and make it in glass. I viewed it as a starting point while I was trying to wrap my head around the reasons for moving in this direction.

Jade Bolinas 2005

Jade Bolinas 2005



By 2004, I had begun making glass sculptures based on this sketch. Also at this time, I began to explore color techniques that would later permeate throughout the next body of work.


Yellow Trans Bolinas glass sculpture by Bernard Katz

Trans Bolinas in yellow 2010

In 2006, I began to incorporate elements from past work. The 2010 piece on the left is what the Trans Bolinas became and evolved into. The translucent quality created by the sand blasted surface added a dimension to the form. These and other qualities worked their way into the Melange Series of sculpture.

Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth continue to have an impact on my work, however it is important to me that through their influence, my own voice emerges.

Inspiration and influence can be complex… but most of all, they simply lead you down a path coupled with your own personal experiences.

Bernard Katz