Sapien is the alias and studio of artist and sculptor Steve Anwar, a maker of solid steel sculptures inspired by ethereal weightlessness.
Born and raised in Sheffield’s Brutalist Kelvin Flats, he is interested in exposing boundary lines between opposing elements: mind and matter, nature and machinery, steel and spirit. After discovering meditation as an aid to recovery in his own severely debilitating illness, Anwar is also an experienced meditation teacher with 17 years of dedicated practice.
Inspired by folkloric stories unearthed during his residency with SWS UK – manufacturer of garage doors, roller shutters and retractable gates with a proximity to the River Lune – Sapien AKA Steve Anwar has created a new steel sculpture.
Representing warriors of Manx mythology, Wave Sweeper is an expression of both the manufacturer’s place in rural Lancashire and its wider geographic ties, as well as the artist’s practice, informed by the opposing elements of mind and matter, nature and machinery, steel and spirit.