05 Dec, 2022
Making Bronze Swifts Sculpture for the Dyson Cancer Centre at RUH, Bath
When I was asked to create a sculpture for the new Dyson Cancer Centre at Royal United Hospitals Bath, swifts seemed the perfect subject. The project was made possible by the generosity of an anonymous private donor who wanted a sculpture in memory of his wife and a pair of swifts dancing in the sky seemed to hit exactly the right note.
29 Sep, 2022
Research Trip to Costa Rica
After a night in San Jose, we travelled to the Tortuguero National Park, a remote area in the rainforest on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. It is 51,870 acres and is one of the last large areas of tropical rain forest in Central America.
11 Aug, 2022
Research Trip to Skomer Island
Skomer Island is a national nature reserve off the coast of Pembrokeshire, renowned for its birdlife, and ancient settlement remains. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. I've wanted to visit it for a long time as there is so much to see in this special place. For a tiny island - at only 1.5 x 2 miles - it packs a big punch!
18 Jul, 2022
Research Trip to Canada: National Parks
We drove very early one morning from Edmonton to Elk Island National Park for the day, to research bison. There was nobody around, so it felt like we had the park to ourselves. We went for a lovely walk through thick foliage, talking loudly so we didn’t startle a bison!
17 Jul, 2022
Research Trip to Canada: Ammolite
At the end of June this year, I made a long-anticipated research trip to Canada with Mrs Mackie. I've wanted to visit this fascinating country for a long time, to take in the beautiful landscape and the wealth of wildlife that make Canada a really inspirational place.
13 Jun, 2022
Monumental Hares at Hares of Hampshire Art Trail
I am delighted that one of my hare sculptures is part of the Hares of Hampshire art trail. So on 31st May, we all went down to Southampton for the unveiling of my Monumental Hares 2021 sculpture, which has been installed next to the John Hansard Gallery.
08 Jun, 2022
Hamish Mackie at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022
It was great to be out showing my new work, much of it made during lockdown. Chelsea is always a wonderful opportunity to get feedback from collectors and admirers of my sculptures, and to see old friends and make new ones. Bring on next year!
11 May, 2022
Hamish Mackie back at Chelsea Flower Show 2022
I am so pleased that RHS Chelsea Flower Show is back in May in its usual spot on the British calendar! As much as we enjoyed the September event last year, the event really marks the beginning of summer.
04 Apr, 2022
Hamish Mackie Octopus Sculptures in Bronze, Titanium and Gold
As well as needing to get to grips with their strange anatomy, I also wanted to understand more about the octopus' amazing intelligence, so that I could convey a real sense of these fascinating creatures when making the Hamish Mackie Octopus sculptures.
12 Mar, 2022
Making New Bronze Einstein Sculpture
My new Einstein sculpture was a commission from an American client. The commissioning process is always enjoyable when the client is passionate about the subject but leaves all the creative interpretation to the artist! That's exactly how it was with this portrait of Einstein.
26 Feb, 2022
Hamish Mackie’s Ammonite Sculpture in Horatio’s Garden, Stoke Mandeville
In February, I was delighted to visit Horatio's Garden Stoke Mandeville, to install my Ammonite Jurassic Cracked sculpture. Horatio's Garden is a national charity creating and nurturing beautiful, accessible gardens in NHS spinal injury centres for people affected by spinal injury.
01 Oct, 2021
Hamish Mackie exhibits at RHS Chelsea Flower Show September 2021
I really enjoyed the first autumn Chelsea Flower Show and fingers crossed, it won't be long until we are back in May of 2022!
13 Sep, 2021
Back at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2021
It’s back! And for the first time in its 108 year history, this year RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be taking place in September. Usually the world-famous show is in May, but because of the Covid pandemic, things have been a little different. Last year, the show went online, as it did again in May […]
05 Jul, 2021
New Bird Sculptures for Summer
There weren't many good things about lockdown, but one of the unexpected benefits was an increased appreciation of the natural world.
05 Mar, 2021
New Bull Sculptures for the Year of the Ox
I'm really looking forward to my new bull sculptures coming out of the foundry. The new bull sculptures were originally made for a client to gift to someone who works on the stock market.
25 Jan, 2021
A Snowy Start to 2021 and New Sculptures
The year got off to a snowy start! I quite enjoy a good sprinkling of the white stuff. It turns the garden into a playground for a while! I also enjoy how it casts my sculptures in a new light, transforming the way they look outdoors. We had some fun trying to make snow sculptures too.
18 Dec, 2020
Hamish Mackie Sculptures in 2020
What a strange year it has been for all of us! However, I have managed to be be very productive, working in the studio and sculpting wildlife that I have wanted to sculpt for a while. I have also been experimenting with the sculpting materials I use.
24 Oct, 2020
New Sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill 2020
After the great success of Sir Winston Churchill 2017, I was delighted to receive a commission to make another bronze bust - Sir Winston Churchill 2020.
24 Sep, 2020
Hamish Mackie Sculptures New Catalogue 2020
As a sculptor, I usually have a major solo exhibition every three years. However, things haven't gone exactly to plan. Last year, I delayed my exhibition due to Brexit, and this year I cancelled it due to Covid! Of course, it was extremely disappointing. '
11 Aug, 2020
Grouse Sculptures and The Glorious Twelfth
It's the Glorious Twelfth. I've written before about my love of game birds, particularly grouse.
20 Jul, 2020
Working with a Life Model for Figurative Sculptures
Just before the 2020 Covid 19 lockdown began, I spent several weeks sculpting from a life model.
23 Jun, 2020
Silver and Bronze Swift Sculptures
I have wanted to sculpt a series of silver and bronze swift sculptures for ages. Swifts are one of my favourite birds.
18 May, 2020
Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020
I normally love this time of year but I do feel like something is missing. We should be at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 this week! It would have been my eleventh year exhibiting at the show.
28 Apr, 2020
A Different Look to 2020
What strange times these are! 2020 has certainly got a different look to it.
06 Mar, 2020
Life in Bronze – celebrating the natural world
When we decided on Life in Bronze as the title for my solo exhibitions, it was obviously a reflection of my work as a wildlife sculptor.
18 Feb, 2020
New Sculptures for Life in Bronze Exhibition
Having grown up on a livestock farm, I inevitably have a special relationship with cattle.
28 Jan, 2020
A Sculptor’s Year – looking forward to 2020
Last year was a busy one, but 2020 looks set to be even busier!
06 Dec, 2019
Making Lion Sculptures at Lewa
In February this year, I returned to what feels like my second home, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya. It is here that my sculpting began in 1996, so it is a very special place for me. Lewa's founders, the conservationists Ian and Jane Craig, are great friends and have been enormously supportive of my work over the years.
07 Nov, 2019
Research Trip to Rome
A couple of weeks ago, I visited Rome with my family. Because of my work, I spend long periods of time isolated in my studio, so it was really great to get out and enjoy all the art and architecture this amazing city has to offer.
29 Oct, 2019
Lost-wax casting with Lockbund Foundry
There's something awe-inspiring about knowing that the lost-wax casting process I use to make my sculptures has not changed in over 6,000 years. Also known as precision casting, investment casting or cire perdue, lost-wax casting is an ancient technique that replicates an original sculpture in metal. Bronze is my preferred material, although it can also be achieved with any alloy including gold or silver.
14 Aug, 2019
Game Bird Sculptures by Hamish Mackie
I'll never get tired of making bird sculptures, especially the game bird! I enjoy interpreting the feathers into clay and the opportunities for interesting mark making. Sometimes I use a carcass to study wing shapes in more detail and the precise number of feathers.
17 Jul, 2019
Fossil Sculptures by Hamish Mackie
I have really fond childhood memories of summer holidays in Dorset. Sunny days on the beach, foraging in rock pools, exploring Lyme Regis and the magnificent Jurassic coast.
20 Jun, 2019
Royal Ascot – It’s all about the horses …
Today is Ladies Day at Royal Ascot and all the talk is of elegant outfits and outrageous hats. Also known as Gold Cup Day, it is arguably the biggest day on the British social and sporting calendar. Last year, Mrs Mackie and I attended with friends and thoroughly enjoyed the glitz and glamour. It is always quite […]
24 May, 2019
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
It has been a sterling year at the RHS Chelsea Flower show! We received 5 stars for our exhibition stand. Bowles and Wyer worked tirelessly designing and building the stand.
26 Apr, 2019
Hamish Mackie Sculptures at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
We are busy getting ready for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
24 Mar, 2019
Public Art by Hamish Mackie
As a sculptor, I am always pleased when my pieces are made available as public art. Sometimes a collector puts one of my pieces on display to a wider audience or I receive a commission for a sculpture for a specific public place. I really enjoy knowing that my work will be appreciated by visitors and passers-by.
26 Feb, 2019
Sculpting Black Rhino in Kenya
In 1996, I first visited Lewa where an aggressive male black rhino chased me up a tree! I was helping to round up animals for relocation and learnt very quickly that rhino are a lot faster than they look.
18 Jan, 2019
Contemporary Sculpture by Hamish Mackie
The origins of sculpture are likely to have begun with early man finding naturally formed objects which already looked a bit like something familiar. Holidaying in the Dordogne with family a few years ago, I found a piece of wood which looked just like a horse’s head.
13 Dec, 2018
A Sculptor’s Year – Hamish Mackie Sculptures in 2018
2018 has been a busy year creatively for Hamish Mackie Sculptures! I've completed 16 sculptures, made a couple of research trips, exhibited work, and tried out some new approaches and different styles.
14 Nov, 2018
Bronze Horse Sculptures by Hamish Mackie
I really enjoy creating horse sculptures. Unlike many of my subjects, I can touch and feel their bodies which helps to work out their anatomy. Most sculptors that study animals will be familiar with Stubb's wonderful equine anatomy illustrations. He drew them from life in his barn
14 Sep, 2018
The Sculptor as Photographer
Now, I can view images on my laptop taken earlier the same day. This has been especially valuable for getting the most out of research trips. It is so easy to then bring those images and films from the field back into my studio.
08 Aug, 2018
What to think about when Placing Sculpture
Placing sculpture is one of the first things I consider when planning a new commission with a client. I always ask where the piece is ultimately going to end up.
23 Jul, 2018
Big Cats Sculptures by Hamish Mackie
From the Paleolithic people to the ancient Greeks, from the pre-Raphelites to contemporary times, artists throughout history have depicted Big Cats. The largest members of the feline family have inspired Rubens, Bugatti, Delacroix, Puget, Stubbs, Scott, Ernst and Klimt. It is not hard to see why. The sheer power and strength of these animals is remarkable, and artists have celebrated them in paintings, etchings, ceramics and sculpture.
26 Jun, 2018
Hamish Mackie’s Andalusian Horse Sculpture at Royal Ascot
My Andalusian Horse Sculpture made an appearance at Royal Ascot this year... and so did Mr and Mrs Mackie!
25 Jun, 2018
Hamish Mackie at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018
We had a great week at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year.
14 Jun, 2018
Il Ngwesi Conservancy, Kenya
In my last blog post I told you about my trip to Kenya and conservancies of the Northern Rangelands Trust. While I was there in May, I visited another NRT project – the award winning Il Ngwesi Conservancy Lodge, owned and run by the Maasai community.
14 May, 2018
Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya
I have just returned from another visit to the Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya. As a sculptor, studying wildlife in its natural habitat is the only way to understand an animal. The NRT's work is making a real difference to preserving those habitats. And this has a favourable impact on the people and animals that live there too.
09 May, 2018
Hamish Mackie Exhibits New Sculptures at Chelsea Flower Show 2018
It's only two weeks until the gates open for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, a highlight in my year. I'm really excited to be sponsored by Knight Frank. Bowles & Wyer, a landscape design company based in Hertfordshire, are creating my stand.
23 Mar, 2018
New Wildlife Sculptures by Hamish Mackie
Among my bronze wildlife sculptures, there are a number of animal subjects that I come back to again and again. Otters, hares, deer, cheetah, and leopards feature frequently. They have become signature subjects for my wildlife sculptures and they provide a great way to evaluate my changing style over the years.
22 Feb, 2018
Bronze Deer Sculptures by Hamish Mackie
In 2007, my purpose-built studio next to my house in Oxfordshire was finished. It was a pivotal moment for me, as finally I had the space and equipment needed to tackle pieces at a large scale, like deer sculptures.
09 Nov, 2017
Bronze Churchill Bust bought by Blenheim Palace
Recently, I visited Blenheim Palace at the invitation of the Duke of Marlborough, to deliver a specially made bronze Sir Winston Churchill bust.
25 Oct, 2017
Salmon Fishing and Deer Stalking in Scotland
In September, I was invited north to Scotland for a couple of weeks salmon fishing and deer stalking.
20 Sep, 2017
Bronze Pheasant Sculpture for Cotswolds Distillery
Getting the call from the founder of the Cotswolds Distillery, Dan Szor, to commission a bronze pheasant sculpture, was really exciting.
27 Jun, 2017
Cattle Sculptures by Hamish Mackie
Last year when I was in the Dordogne, I took the opportunity to visit the incredible cave paintings at Lascaux near Montignac. I was blown away by these prehistoric depictions of wildlife - 17,000 years old. Man has been recording the animals around him since time began and I felt so gratified to be continuing in this tradition.
06 Jun, 2017
Hamish Mackie at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017
I am still buzzing from the triumph that was RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017. Hamish Mackie Sculptures in a CCLA Terraced Garden won 5 stars!! After eight years exhibiting at Chelsea, I am really proud to have earned the highest award for a trade stand.
10 May, 2017
Research Trip to Paris – Art and Architecture
A few weeks ago, I took my wife and daughters to Paris on a research trip. Unfortunately, I don’t get the chance to visit museums and galleries often. Maybe I could soak up some cultural inspiration while enjoying time with the family.
02 May, 2017
New Hamish Mackie sculptures for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017
With the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show only a few weeks away, I've been busy at the foundry getting my sculptures ready to exhibit.
13 Apr, 2017
Andalusian Stallion in National Trust Gardens at Stowe School
Last year, my bronze Andalusian Stallion sculpture visited Chatsworth House and Blenheim Palace. It also stood on the Mall in London opposite Horseguards Parade during my solo exhibition. Visitors to these attractions were therefore able to see the bronze horse sculpture up close. Because it stands at over 11 and a half feet tall, it obviously makes quite an impact!
22 Mar, 2017
Bronze Hare Sculptures for March
Spring is definitely in the air! With the weather becoming warmer, the crocuses and daffodils are out and the hedgerows are green again.
17 Feb, 2017
Research Trip to the Isle of Ulva
I have just returned from a week-long trip to the West Coast of Scotland and the Islands of the Inner Hebrides. It took me a while to get there - staying the night in Glasgow, then a spectacular drive through the Trossachs, along the banks of Loch Lomond, and across to Oban to take the boat to Mull. From there I boarded a small ferry, more used to transporting sheep perhaps, to the beautiful Isle of Ulva.
27 Jan, 2017
2017 Chinese New Year of the Rooster
The Chinese zodiac follows a twelve year cycle. Each year is named after an animal. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. I've always wondered if people really take on the characteristics of their birth animal. If you were born under the sign of the rooster you are probably outgoing and bright.
13 Jan, 2017
A Sculptor’s Year – 2016 Highlights
2016 was a busy year here at Hamish Mackie Sculpture.
16 Dec, 2016
Research trip to United Arab Emirates – Falcons and Gazelles
My recent research trip to the United Arab Emirates was a great opportunity to sculpt a variety of animals. In my last post I told you about visits I made to a camel breeding program and a saluki kennels that inspired me to begin some new sculptures.
16 Dec, 2016
Research trip to the United Arab Emirates – Camels and Salukis
I've just come back from a week long research trip to the UAE and have fallen in love with this amazing place! It has spectacular landscapes, fascinating wildlife and warm, friendly people. It was an informative and very memorable trip to a part of the world I didn't know terribly well beforehand.
22 Nov, 2016
Goodman’s Fields Horses wins Marsh Award 2016 for Public Sculpture
Earlier this year, I was thrilled to be shortlisted for the PMSA’s annual Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture and Fountains.
31 Oct, 2016
Life in Bronze Exhibition – A Private View
I have spent the past fortnight exhibiting four years of work at the Mall Galleries, London. There are so many people who have contributed to the success of Life in Bronze.
12 Oct, 2016
Life in Bronze Exhibition Opens Its Doors!
Life in Bronze exhibition, my first solo show in three years, opened on Monday at Mall Galleries, London.
27 Sep, 2016
Hamish Mackie Solo Exhibition Life in Bronze October 2016
There are two weeks to go until my solo exhibition Life in Bronze opens at Mall Galleries in London on 10th October. Things have been pretty busy here at the Hamish Mackie Studio.
22 Aug, 2016
New Catalogue Life in Bronze 2016
Next week we are sending out just over 20,000 copies of my new catalogue for Life in Bronze 2016 which opens on the 10th of October. Like the triennial solo show, I create the catalogue every three years and it is a labour of love.
15 Aug, 2016
Hamish Mackie at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016
Yesterday we opened our stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. Phew. It was a big push to get ready! From finishing and casting my sculptures in bronze, to personally loading them up in the lorry and getting all 30 of them here on time.
15 Jun, 2016
Garden sculptures at Chelsea flower show and Blenheim
One of the things that informs my work is the relationship between wildlife and its natural habitat.
04 Feb, 2016
A Portable Sculptor’s Studio
This week I left the UK for a research trip to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. It is one of my favourite places, especially to research African animals.
15 Jan, 2016
Bengal Tiger Conservation Inspires Hamish’s Bronze Sculpture
The tiger has always sparked artists' imaginations, from Rubens and Delacroix, to Bugatti and the mystical Sufi. I am no exception. Tigers prompted my research trip to India in 2015, to find one in the wild to sculpt.
19 Nov, 2015
A wildlife research trip to India
I am off on a wildlife research trip to India which is so exciting!!! A great friend and collaborator, Justin from Steppes Travel, has organized this extra special trip.