Nature is artist’s canvas

His art is inspiring and at times his one-of-a-kind creations stretch the imagination with shocking details.

Still, art from ordinary objects can provide an interesting reminder, that the things around us we take for granted can be transformed in ways most of us might never think of. Leulan Bodden’s agenda is to create his own unique style of local art.

For his artworks, Leulan uses different mediums such as driftwood, cement, acrylic and tree bark.

His most recent design, Underwater, is a piece of brain coral found in its natural state and patterned with underwater sea life.

Chiselling away for more than 40 hours on-and-off at his NasArt studio and gallery in Palm Dale off Crewe Road, the artist carved with intricate detail, directly onto the coral, patterns of a barracuda, a grouper and a crab. He has also added seashells, sea fan and sea sponge to create an underwater scene.

‘The really lovely part of the process for me was making the pattern accommodate the brain coral, as if it was discovered that way in its natural state,’ Mr. Bodden said.

He said working with rock and coral was a new thing for him but after discovering the piece of coral Easter Monday on the shores of East End he had to make it into something.

‘I took it home and for a whole year it sat in my studio where I forgot all about,’ he said.

It was not until over the Christmas holidays that Leulan remembered the piece of coral rock. However, after displaying it he still did not know what to do with it.

‘I was frustrated with it at first because I did not know how to turn it into a work of art, so I just started carving out the middle of it and then the ideas started flowing,’ he said.

‘At first I though off adding fishes because the rock came from the sea. After carving the fish I still was not feeling happy because the piece looked so bare and unappealing. That was when I decided to add sea shells, a sea fan, and sea some sponge. Before I knew it, the piece was to my liking.

‘By creating art pieces that stretch the imagination you… bring people back for a second look.’