This is a semi nude bronze sculpture created in the early 90"s from a professional model. The modeling material was laid on in strips where the muscles lay. It is 21 inches high by 9 inches wide by 5 inches deep.
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This nude sculpture was created using the lost wax method. A rubber mold was made from the sculpting medium, then a wax was poured into the mould, then the wax was worked to remove the air bubbles, then the wax was covered with ceramic shell, a process which was developed during WWII to produce guns quickly and cheaply, then the wax is burnt out and while the ceramic shell is hot the bronze is poured in, after it cools the ceramic shell is chipped off. The Bronze is chased to repair any inconsistencies, then it is sand blasted and the patina is applied.
Earl, a semi nude male figure, was sculpted in the early 90's before my trip to Italy. Once again I was inspired to harmonize an abstract realism style with a classical patina, pose and base often seen with ancient works of art. Rather than smooth the musculature of the figure as was done with Samson, I laid the wax and clay sculpting medium on the figure in large chunks in the shape of the muscles. Of note are the model's hand folded behind the back providing emphasis to the strength of the piece.