Figures in Metal

blog_dancer_rightIt’s the internet. How many people are actually going to see this, or care? However I have been criticized, cajoled and even punched in the arm (all by good artists) for not sharing more about my metal sculptures. So here goes.

It has been quite a while since I made anything of this nature and I don’t presently live where I have the facilities to do this kind of work, but here are two of my favourites. If you don’t ‘get it’, that’s fine. We can talk bikes or bands instead.

The horse sculpture “Running Wild” is an image that popped into my head and wouldn’t go away. Running from a barn fire? Running for freedom? Not sure then or now but I had to learn how to use an oxy-acetylene torch to make it real.

It was a pretty loose concept that came together as I went along, learning what could be done with the newly adapted methods of brazing and welding. Up to then I had been held back to soldering, which is very weak by comparison and only applies to copper and its alloys.

Now I was able to manipulate steel sheet and rod into something more durable, but still maintain the appearance of copper based finishes that appeal to me more than anything else. This was my first effort at this method and with a concept inspired by a living subject. Up this point I was making geometric two dimensional shapes into abstract objects and wall hangings.


A few years later I was looking to do something special for a special someone. Again it was a matter of a snapshot in my head but this concept was more solidified since it came from a frozen moment one evening. But I’d never done a human form before. Gathering up an amalgamation of poses that I scoured from magazines (it would be another ten years before the internet, sonny), I was able to get the visuals I needed for the hair toss, the hand on the hip, the raised leg. Key points in my memory that needed to be reproduced to make it genuine.

I think attempting a face would have not done justice to the work or the person, (I would have botched it) so I left it blank. I am also one of those ‘less is more’ kind of artists. I came to appreciate that this dancer could then be young, old, black, white, joyful, deep in thought; what ever the viewer could see in it for themselves. The full sculpture is approximately 12″ (30 cm) high; copper foil, steel and bronze, mounted on an acrylic base.

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