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So, What's New?
"Forever Gone" is a new approach to art for me. I call it "3 Dimensional Painting" inasmuch that it incorporates the style of oil painting, but executed in clay, then to bronze. This is the 12"X16" clay model from which the mold, then the finished bronze product will be made. It's designed to be framed and hung from a wall in the typical manner. I hope to have it available for sale by the end of this calendar year.
Here's the same clay model viewed from the side. The artwork is designed to protrude slightly in front of a frame to give it the appearance of three dimensions.
The subject matter is apparent, I hope. Set in the cliffs of the Big Bend area of Texas, a Native American (most likely Comanche) reflects on the fact that his life will soon be over, as well as his nomadic lifestyle.
"The Bishop's Burden" is based on historical events. A Viking raid on the church of St. Cuthbert (England) on June 8, 793 A.D. "sent a shockwave through Europe... The church was splattered with blood of the priests of God, stripped of all its furnishing and exposed to the plundering of pagans."
"Viking raids increased in frequency...and by 850 A.D. foreign armies were overwintering in England and by 870 A.D. the Danish conquest of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms had begun."
<Credit above verbiage to english-heritage.org>
"The Bishop's Burden" is approximately 12 inches in height, plus a 2" turquoise-encrusted black walnut base.
This will be a limited edition of 30 cast bronze pieces. Vistors can see additional views of the clay model by going to the "foundry notes" photos (CLICK HERE).
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"Supplication" (15" tall Bronze). It took many hours to finish this 15" sculpture in clay, consisting of four distinct pieces, after revisiting the drawing board numerous times. I hope to have the first finished bronze piece sometime after January 2019. It will be a limited edition of 30 pieces.
This is an older Native American, most likely Sioux. The buffalo skull in his outstretched hands was the centerpiece of some of their incantations. Here, the subject is appealing to the Force of Life to return their most precious resource, the buffalo, to its once great presence on the American plains.
J.P. Childress, September 2018.
December 14: Here's the final product, having been cast and finished by the Stevens Art Foundry in Bulverde, Texas. Larry has been in this business since the 1970's, so he's got a lot of experience in bronze sculpting.
The finished piece is approximately 16" high, 10" wide and 12" deep (+ 2" overhang by the buffalo skull). It weighs about 20 pounds.
The patina shown in the image is one of a variety of tones. The piece can be in a single montone or subtly highlighted such as was this piece.
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ARTIST'S STATEMENT: I was fortunate to have a very good instructor in oil painting when I began in that medium some years ago. He taught me the basics, instructing me to "paint what you see." Years later, other teaching artists suggested that I change gears, telling me to "paint what you feel." So, I like to think my oil painting is a good blend of realism and expressionism.
I find sculpting in clay an exhilarating challenge. I'll embark on a sculpting project only if a subject truly moves me toward a vision. Once I complete the clay model, I rely on gifted artisans at a local foundry/studio to complete the piece in bronze.
I hope you enjoy traveling with me through some of my work. Thanks for stopping by....