Exhibition

Stephen Page - Beast and Bird

22 Sep 2017 – 8 Oct 2017

Event times

Normal Gallery Hours

Opening Reception Friday 22 September from 5pm (Artist in attendance)

Cost of entry

Free

McAllister Thomas Fine Art

Godalming
England, United Kingdom

Travel Information

  • Direct from Waterloo - 45 mins

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An exhibition of original bronze sculptures by renowned artist Stephen Page

About

Stephen Page’s exhibition ‘Beast and Bird’ at McAllister Thomas Fine Art in Godalming

runs from 22nd September - 7th October. The exhibition includes new work made

especially for the exhibition.

The effortless beauty of Stephen Page’s sculptures doesn’t provide any clues to the

complexity of the making process. His studio, which sits in the lee of a bronze-age hill fort

is intriguing - sculptures in all stages of the making process rest on benches, shelves and

protrude from boxes and packing cases - evidence of the complex bronze-casting

process. Signs of every stage can be seen in the studio - artworks carved from dense-

foam sculpting material are lined up on shelves; these originals or ‘patterns’ are inspired

by ancient art and artefacts and evolve from Stephen’s sketches and drawings. The

patterns have been coated and then smoothed back to create simple and beautiful

animal forms that will be replicated in bronze. Rubber and fibreglass moulds containing

deep green wax sculptures can be seen here and there - these are exact copies of the

originals, ready to go for casting at the foundry, where they will be coated in a fine

ceramic material into which the molten bronze is poured.

Stacked in boxes, raw bronze animal limbs wait to have remnants of ceramic shell and

bronze ‘runners’ removed - these are left over from the bronze pouring process. The

limbs wait to be paired up with corresponding parts to recreate the original artworks, as

bronze-casting often involves making sculptures in sections and then reassembling them.

This involves a painstaking process of welding, grinding and polishing involving hours of

labour to recreate the birds and beasts in a final and perfect form. The separate work

areas, and the wide range of tools and equipment involved are testament to the fact

that creating beautiful bronze sculptures is a complex process where care and precision

are crucial.

Some of the sculptures on Stephen’s workbench are close to completion. Using a

selection of brushes, chemical mixtures and a blowtorch to heat the surface of the

bronze, Stephen applies colour in layers to form incredible patinas to the surface of his

sculptures. Some of the pieces emerge in bold vibrant colours - rich reds, turquoise and

deep blue, while others are more organic - mottled silver, marble and granite effects - all

carefully chosen to enhance the essence of the beast.

Finally, before packing the artworks for exhibitions across the UK, a coat of specialist wax

is applied and buffed back to protect the patinas and to lend the pieces a warm glow.

Many hours of creativity, care and expertise have been invested in these artworks in the

hope that they will be found by someone who loves distinctive and original sculpture.

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