This beautiful and intricate limited edition 2/25 bronze sculpture ‘Solstice Sketch’ is signed by the artist, Michael James Talbot to the base of the sculpture.
Ophelia, was the first piece in my Emergent Collection. When I started on this piece I was thinking of the body and spirit floating, rising above the concerns of her life, transported in a steam of dappled light and mist .The inspiration for these effects is taken from light reflecting off moving water onto adjacent surfaces, originally in the enigmatic waterways of Venice. This inspiration has led to an intense and ongoing study of patina effects giving the sculpture a liberating painterly aspect.
The ‘Sketch’ is Michael’s method of experimenting with shape, form and balance. Just as a painter will sketch various drafts for the painting they are creating, Michael does a similar thing but in three dimensions.
These sketches are early draft designs for the Emergent Collection. It is very rare for Michael to release the sketches or maquettes for a particular body of work so we are delighted to have these beautiful pieces in our gallery.
Michael creates the original clay sculpture which he then casts into bronze, uniquely finishing and patinating each sculpture. This process is wholly under his control allowing him to enhance and refine the final image. The wonder and fascination of sculpture is its ability to be a solid form that can be seen, touched and walked around and yet remain an object of pure spirit.