André Masters & CJ Munn met through a shared love for lifecasting and sculpture on the internet in 2003 where they were drawn to photographs of each other’s work. What began as a creative passion for the arts grew into a loving partnership that would flourish both in and out of the studio. With their pooled talents, from André’s past as a model maker for the film industry and CJ’s experience as a commercial artist, they work in every conceivable material – from copper to leather, glass to gold - and have won national and international awards for their artwork including the very first International Rising Star Award at the 3d Print Show for their innovative piece, ‘Icarus had a sister’ which boldly blends traditional sculpting techniques with state of the art technological advancements. This piece was shown at The Louvre, Paris, to much critical acclaim and despite its ‘hybrid status’ was recently named favourite piece of 3d printed art of all time by technology journalist Rachel Park.
In working with them for his Silver-Gilt winning show garden for RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2010, Thomas Hoblyn described them as ‘geniuses’ and their work as ‘Beautiful, wonderful, perfect!’ as well as a ‘joy to work with.’
Masters & Munn are fierce campaigners for the appreciation of aestheticism, fine attention to detail and true craftsmanship in the arts; rejecting the lauding of that which aims to shock or confuse with gimmickry. They believe in the need to keep learning new skills to keep their passion for the arts alive and effervescent, responding to ever-developing material technologies available to contemporary sculptors whilst continuing to pay homage to the more ancient and traditional art forms.