Camel Head Female - 2017
Hamish has long been intrigued by camels and nomadic life and they are a subject he returns to from time to time. The dromedary camel is central to Arabian and North African life; used for meat and diary, transport, textiles, sport and the military. Their strength and resilience, and ability to adapt to extreme temperatures and terrain, is a great example of perfect anatomical evolution.
"Studying camels showed me that their bodies are efficient and hard working tools. It also gave me a great insight into nomadic life." (HM)
Camels have very expressive faces and Hamish has captured the character of his subject in this fine bronze Camel Head sculpture.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
From an early age I have had a fascination with camels and the Bedouin. After a busy October in 2016, with my solo show in London, I headed to the Empty Quarter for some peace and quiet! It was a real adventure to travel self-guided with friends across the Lewa Crescent, 180 km through the Rub' al Khali. Although from the amount of wildlife and tracks I spotted, it seems far from empty. During my last visit to the UAE in 2013, I sculpted a Bull Camel who had the most stubborn features. This time I was inspired to sculpt a rather more refined female who are much more affectionate.