“Widely revered for his overwhelming heads and monumental sculptures, evoking themes of suffering, reconciliation, glory and sublimation. His words grace public and private collections countrywide and internationally.”
Keith Calder was born in 1959 in the small town of Cradock, South Africa. From youth, Calder was infatuated with wilderness and its creatures. He has a diploma in nature conservation and spent a decade working as a conservationist throughout Southern Africa.
While working in the northern Kruger Park, he contracted malaria. During his recuperation, he started to explore his interest in sculpture. He spent a month sculpting and modelling in clay.
In 1987 the decision to leave the Bush and become a sculptor was made easier when he received his first important commission from St Stithians College in Johannesburg: a herd of nine elephants in bronze symbolising the college motto ‘one and all’.
Calder’s work ranges from miniatures to life-size to monumental sculptures, and it is well represented in institutions and corporations throughout South Africa. His style is instantly recognisable by its realism, and his ability to capture the character of his subjects stems from his intimate knowledge of them.
“ To be able to draw upon the power and beauty of wild things and portray them in sculpture is a great privilege for me. Perhaps they symbolise our purer selves or jolt our deep-seated ancestral memory of when we once lived closer to the earth.”
In 2002 Calder began to search the alternative way to sculpt the human and animal form. He extended lines, expanded planes, reduced texture, detail and sentimentality while still maintaining loyalty to natural form.
The sculptures that emerged are difficult to define stylistically. There are elements of the abstract, cubism and futurism. Some have an almost stylised art deco feel but are all immediately recognisable as a “Keith Calder”.
His most recent large work in this style is of a larger than life-size leopard entitled “Vindicta”. With this piece, he has used varying textures and metal degradation which speaks about imperfections in perfection or “Wabi Sabi”. An ancient Chinese philosophy referring to the beauty of imperfection in man-made objects.
Leopard on Lourensford R1 100 000.00
Sarah Richards was born in Durban where she studied Fine Art, majoring in sculpture at Durban Technikon (1985-1990). After which she travelled for four years to gain experience and insight before returning to Durban to make art and teach painting and sculpture to adults. She completed her Master’s degree in Fine Art (Cum Laude) at the Durban University of Technology in 2008. Sarah is now living and practising her art in the KZN Midlands.
Her portfolio of bronze sculptures includes South African livestock, wildlife, birds, bronze busts and figures
The animal and bird sculptures explore Sarah’s LOVE of nature and wonder at the different characteristics of each creature, waiting for discovery through close encounters and study. The figure sculptures represent an emotional journey in exploring the human form and movement. Furthermore, she bases them on her personal experiences and observations.Sarah has experience using a variety of media.
The media she uses most often are wax and plasticine. She uses these to model the subjects before they are cast in Bronze at a foundry. She has used concrete as a direct modelling medium and also as a medium to be cast into. When painting she works in oil paints on board and canvas, acrylics and watercolour. In addition, she makes her drawings in charcoal, pastels, ink or a combination of any of these as mixed-media compositions.
Valued At R120, 000.00
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