‘Abandon’ Nude Study - 2020

Bronze, Signed Hamish Mackie, Numbered Edition of 12, Dated 2020
3,500 Inc. VAT
31cm high x 11cm wide x 11cm deep / 12" x 4.5" x 4.5"
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The human figure has been the subject of art since prehistoric times.

Hamish has created a series of 7 nude studies from the same life model. Though perhaps a departure from his usual subject matter, Hamish approached these sculptures in the same way as his wildlife pieces - observation through life.

This sculpture is one of three small nude studies which work well together as companion pieces - 'Composed', 'Abandon' and 'Liberty'. Worked quickly and loosely in a sketchy manner, these mantelpiece size sculptures are full of energy and have a wonderful fleshy feel about them. Like all Hamish's work, 'Abandon' is anatomically precise but exudes a fluid dynamic quality. He has captured the balanced movements of the female form in a moment of time, to communicate the joyful spirit of life.

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life model
three clay models of nude study in workshop
naked life model

Just before the 2020 Covid 19 lockdown, I spent several weeks sculpting from a life model. I started the project by coming up with a series of stances in my head. I then spent a day photographing model Ella Rose, exploring ideas and taking anatomical references. A life model has the advantage of being able to study a static subject in the round. I wanted to push my capabilities, hence 7 very different compositions and sizes, including my first relief panel. Working with a life model has to be a collaboration. Modelling is tough on the body – it’s much harder to stand still than one would imagine!