A bronze sculptor is an artist that works with a medium that
has the ethereal ability to convey meaning unlike any other sculpture
materials. Creating a bronze sculpture is highly skilled work and it is an
absolute necessity that the artist be knowledgeable of all the techniques
required, extremely meticulous, attentive to detail and patient.
Bronze, the most popular metal for cast metal sculpture, has
been used since antiquity. The beautiful works that are on display in museums
and galleries that date back to ancient Greece are a continued testament to the
beauty and durability of this material.
Bronze sculptures can
be viewed in many public locations as landmarks, or in private collections of
those that appreciate the beauty of the pieces.
Unlike many other metals or metal alloys, bronze has the unusual property of filling the finest details of the mould. The ductility of the medium,
with less brittleness and depending on the composition, more strength, is an advantage when figures in
action are to be created. These qualities of strength and flexibility allow the
creation of extended figures caught in mid-leap, as in Jeté, or figures that
have small cross sections in their support, such as the equestrian statues of
Richard the Lionheart. Modern statuary bronze is 95% copper and 5% tin, manganese and silicon mixture. Older bronze alloys varied only slightly from this composition usually being a 85% copper and 5% tin, 5% lead, and 5% zinc.
Working with the material is not enough to create a moving,
beautiful sculpture. The bronze sculptor must have flawless technique as well
as a true artistic eye. Sculptors were originally artists whose work went
unsigned but held great social status because of their skills.
Today, bronze artists
are renowned and famous for their contribution to public art.
There are different methods that a bronze sculptor can use
in achieving the best possible effects for his art, whether it be in the
casting methods he chooses or in the patinas applied in order for metal to
become art. These particular methods are what make the transition between a
common piece and a dream sculpture. Only the greatest bronze sculptors can
achieve such heights. Bronze sculptors are not only artists; they’re also professionals
– masters of their craft.
Canadian artist Brett Davis is such a master. He works in
all facets of non-ferrous metals, including welding, fabrication, chasing and
fountain design. He has studied and created specialized patina formulas for
many Canadian and international artists and also teaches chemical patination
and conducts workshops at local art colleges. His art is renowned all over the
world and his pieces can be found in North America, Europe and Asia.
Visit true master
bronze sculptor Brett Davis on his main website at www.ageofbronze.ca, where you can
view his works and read about news, events and showings.