Speak to us of Freedom – enlargement 3

Speak to us of Freedom – enlargement 3

Today, two days before Christmas, we’ve completed the silicone rubber mould, backed up with fibreglass resin and transported it to the Talos Art Foundry, near Andover, in Hampshire in the UK.

Work will start immediately on the next stage.  The foundry will begin by using the mould to make a hollow wax replica of the original clay model.

Abstract bronze sculpture of couple kissing.
Abstract bronze sculpture of couple kissing.
Speak to us of Freedom – enlargement 2

Speak to us of Freedom – enlargement 2

With the clay model finished last week, today we completed covering the finished clay model with silicone rubber.  The next stage is to cover it with fibreglass resin to make the piece mould that will go to the foundry next week.  They will take a Christmas break between Dec 24 and Jan 5 2021, so my New Year blog will be News from the Studio.
In case you missed it, this is the intermediate enlargement of ‘Speak to us of Freedom’ in my Kahlil Gibran series.
Abstract bronze sculpture of couple kissing.
Speak to us of Freedom – enlargement 3

Speak to us of Freedom – enlargement

Final touches to the clay model of the intermediate enlargement of Speak to us of Freedom in my Kahlil Gibran series.  This sculpture will be 2.2 metres high and available in fine art bronze.
 
A really lovely work of art for a private garden and celebrating the endlessly read work of Gibran’s THE PROPHET.
Abstract bronze sculpture of couple kissing.

The original bronze next to the new clay enlargement

Click on the image to view a short video about the work.

Visit to Petworth gallery

Visit to Petworth gallery

Today I visited the Moncrieff-Bray Art Gallery which is near Petworth in West Sussex, UK.  It carries some of my work.
Elspeth Moncrieff, the founder of the gallery, is long-established in the art world.  The gallery is beautiful and has a range of fine art paintings while the lovely gardens show off the work of a number of sculptors to great effect.
Abstract bronze sculpture of couple kissing.

The Kiss – bronze fine art sculpture by Neil Lawson Baker

She recently sold another cast of my work, ‘The Kiss’ and is also exhibiting ‘Contemplation’.
Abstract bronze sculpture of single armed figure holding the foot of a single leg.

Contemplation – bronze, fine art sculpture by Neil Lawson Baker

The gallery is well worth a visit, but during COVID, it is only by appointment (which can be short notice – circumstances permitting).  To make an appointment, email the gallery.

A new armature!

A new armature!

Yesterday I went to the workshops where we have made a new steel armature for a 2.2 metre fine art bronze sculpture of a work I have named:

SPEAK TO US of FREEDOM”.

An armature is the mechanism, the ‘internal scaffolding’, by which we support the clay as we build the sculpture in its initial stages.

This work echoes some of the words from a poem of that name by Kahlil Gibran from his famous book The Prophet which has sold millions and millions of copies world-wide, making him the third most published poet of all time. Shakespeare being the first.

Our next stage is making the clay model and taking the scaled measurements from my original smaller work, using a pantograph tool.

Working by hand puts life and soul into a finished work which a computerised 3D enlargement never does.

In case you’re interested, I’ve put a larger version of the photo below.  On the small bench you can see the original bronze from which we are scaling up.  The ordered jumble of vertical steel rods is the armature onto which the clay is going to go as the next stage.  Richard Clarke, the enlarger, who is really talented at this stuff, is standing behind holding the pantograph tool which is a sort of mechanical magnifier used to accurately replicate every tiny detail of the original onto the new enlarged clay.

Click on the photo for a video about the process.

Progress check at the foundry

Progress check at the foundry

Greg Gilbert (the artist) with my sculpture of his 'Mother and Child' picture at the Morris Singer foundry

Recently, I went to the Morris Singer Foundry to see how the latest Gibran works are coming along.

At the same time, I am making a sculpture of Greg Gilbert’s drawing ‘Mother and Child’.  Greg is a truly talented artist and friend.  I’m pleased to say that it is well-progressed and I met him there to decide on the size of the base and to choose the colour of the patination.

This work will be available in a limited edition to help swell the fundraising for Greg’s cancer treatment. www.gofundme/give4greg.

I took a short video showing the beginning of the patination process while we were there.

Here’s Greg holding the blowtorch used for patination (which is the process of finishing the surface of a sculpture) next to the almost-finished work.

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