Jonty Hurwitz – Pura Vida

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Anamorphic Sculptures

Here is some background about this fascinating marriage of art and physics, in the artist’s own words:

Over the last decade, I have passionately pursued the practice of anamorphic sculpture and have always vacillated between art and physics. In a moment of self-doubt in 2008, I wandered into the National Portrait Gallery and stumbled across a strange anamorphic piece by William Scrots (Portrait of Edward VI, 1546). Followed shortly down the aisle by The Ambassadors (Hans Holbein, 1533). My life changed forever. I rushed home and within hours was devouring the works of M. C. Escher, Da Vinci and many more. In a breath, I had found my “people” – a smallish group of artists spanning 500 years with the same scientific/artistic conflict as me. Within two months I was deep in the production of my first work. My art rests on the shoulders of giants, and I am grateful to them.

Anamorphosis in painting has a long history. The first known anamorphic sketch of an eye was found in found Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebook (folio 35 of the Codex Atlanticus) c.1485. In the mid-18th Century, anamorphosis was also used by Jacobite artists to secretly depict images of Bonnie Prince Charlie in the wake of brutal English censorship. Hans Holbein in the 17th century brought anamorphosis into the mainstream with his masterpiece, The Ambassadors, which hangs at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Each of my sculptures involves billions of calculations using a series of algorithms derived from the irrational mathematical constant π.


Jonty Hurwitz is a sculptor of South African descent, active since 2009. He lives and works in the UK.

Due to the highly scientific nature of his work, he is widely known Internationally. His work is covered on over 30,000 sites and blogs on the web.

Hurwitz’s work has entered the academic realm. His work has been written about and published in several academic papers and is lectured about in Universities around the world.

Interestingly his work as also been included in several school text books in several languages and countries. His nano works have received 2 Guinness World Records.

In 2015 a major CNN International documentary was done on his work with analysis by art critic Estelle Lovatt, Antony Gormley, and Chris Dercon (curator of the Tate Modern). It was aired to an audience of over 100 million.

His work has been featured on major newspapers, scientific publications, TV channels and influent blogs/websites, including NY Times, Forbes, Financial Times, The Independent, CNN, BBC, The Guardian and the Huffington Post among others.


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