"Unhinged" Tabletop Bronze of Galloping Mare
Winner if the "Founder's Award" by the American Academy of Equine Art 2022.
Edition of 5 and an Artist Proof (sold)
18" high, 24" long", 9" deep
Available for Purchase, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following a booked year of bronze commission with strict parameters and budgets, I found myself needing to create something "free spirited", and more indicative of the wild movement I often depict in my sculpture. This sculpture is a mare, in the middle of a change of attention and direction. At the time I was sculpting the clay original, I had two young horses on my farm and as I watched and photographed them daily, I ended up with some spectacular shots of twists and turns in mid air.
The result was this award winning piece which is a very unusual composition!
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When I do my tabletop size sculpture, I start out with either oil based or water based clay. Following that, a mold is made and wax is poured into the rubber mold and back out again, making a hollow replica of the sculpture. The wax usually needs a lot of cleaning up, and, of course, I end up re-sculpting areas. I present the wax sculpture to the foundry for the bronze casting process. This involves another shell mold, the bronze pour, welding, and metal chasing. I usually take over the metal work, ensuring that none of my detail is damaged during the metal finishing. I also do the patina. I stick with layers of translucent color, rather than the solid dark bronze traditional color. "Unhinged" has a ferric nitrate patina, using a "stippling" effect. I heat the metal to the perfect temperature, and dab ringlets of the chemical, followed by another flash with the torch, making a lacy overlapping pattern over the piece. This way I can layer the colors to allow more of the natural golden bronze to show through. This patina is only good for indoor pieces.