SEATED NUDE IN BLUE - 40CM LIMITED EDITION BRONZE by STEVE BICKNELL
This (one of 9 limited edition) piece has been cast in bronze by the Talos Art Foundry.
Steve usually starts a new piece of work by bending a metal round bar in the workshop vice. Its a technique he has found that works well with his love of a natural curve. He created the first sculpture by playing with shapes in a basic armature. The shape was ‘found’ during working up the piece in clay. However the first attempt was much ‘squatter’ so he reworked the armature twice until he had a proportion that he found pleasing.
If you are starting to follow Steve's work you will notice that he pays little attention to accurate size for arms or legs etc. He likes disproportion as it helps to achieve a flowing line that satisfies the eye. He uses no reference material for any of his sculptures which can greatly increase the time for making any piece, but the end effect is more honest and more ‘him'.
Steve oversaw the patination and the effect in the hand is very striking. Its 40 cms tall so is a substantial weighty bronze which will have a good amount of impact in any home.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Self taught sculptor working in steel and concrete from his studio in West Sussex, very much into experimentation and collaboration, often combining unusual materials and techniques. Steve also works with several foundries casting his work into bronzes available as fine art limited editions
The work is based on shape and form drawing his inspiration often from nature and human influence. “ I like to work without any preconceived ideas of the final form” Finding the strength in the piece during the making process.
His work is exhibited in many galleries world-wide including The Brick Lane Gallery London, Monat Gallery Madrid, Cotswold Sculpture Park and of course, AVA Gallery, Devon.