Bull Relief - 2017
Inspired by the prehistoric wall paintings in the Hall of the Bulls at the Lascaux caves in the Dordogne, Hamish has sculpted this bronze wall hanging Bull Relief. Resonant of the great aurochs depicted 17,000 years ago by Stone Age man, Hamish's bull reminds us that man has always been moved to create art depicting the animals around us.
Cattle have always been a favourite subject of Hamish's and we can clearly see similarities with his recent White Park Bull sculptures, to which the ancient aurochs are related. This wall hanging asks us to question whether it is an antiquity or a contemporary comment on the permanence of art. Supplied with hanging brackets, it would make a quirky statement in a modern interior or an unexpected feature on an outside wall.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
Artists have been inspired for millennia by prehistoric art. The aurochs depicted in the Hall of the Bulls at Lascaux are closely related to White Park cattle, which I have also sculpted. I was drawn to the ancient cave paintings as anthropological studies, as they demonstrate that man has always been inspired creatively by the animals around us since the beginning of time. My Bull Relief is really a comment on that sense of historical continuity - a creative bridge between then and now. I wanted the viewer to question whether it is an old or a new piece.