Focus on art: Dalton Ghetti

Dalton Ghetti pencils

The intricate magic of pencil lead sculptor Dalton Ghetti. He’s been featured on a lot of blogs and website, as I found out with a quick Google search, but having just seen his work for the first time today, I thought it worth sharing.

Dalton Ghetti pencils

“At school I would carve a friend’s name into the wood of a pencil and then give it to them as a present. Later, when I got into sculpture, I would make these huge pieces from things like wood, but decided I wanted to challenge myself by trying to make things as small as possible.”
— DALTON GHETTI

Dalton Ghetti pencils

Dalton Ghetti pencils

Dalton Ghetti pencils

Dalton Ghetti pencils

More of an insight on Vimeo: Pencil artist Dalton Ghetti (embedded below).

In 2002 Dalton Ghetti began working on a memorial project for 9/11 where each person who died is represented by a tiny graphite teardrop about the size of a grain of rice. The Connecticut-based sculptor has been carving one teardrop per day, and when he finishes he’ll glue the drops to a white background to form a larger teardrop.

Dalton Ghetti, on Facebook
Finding the Art in a Pencil Tip, on NYTimes.com

If you liked this, you might also like these artists: Sipho Mabona, Peter Callesen, Julian Beever.

Via @myttonwilliams.

14 responses

  1. These are amazing. I pride myself on being able to sharpen a pencil correctly but this is something else.

    Also interesting is the way the graphite colours and affects the wood grain and taper which I think also adds the to the whole effect.

    Bit of a killer when the lead breaks though!

  2. Wow, truly incredible. I often wonder how these people come up with such artistic concepts and have so much respect for the amount of care and attention to detail their work entails.

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