Cheetah - 2017
Hamish has sculpted a bronze Cheetah and a Leopard as a comparison study. Two of his signature subjects, Hamish has been studying these Big Cats for over twenty years and has an acute understanding of their anatomy and behaviour. They have evolved for different specialities - the Leopard is anatomically all about strength, and the Cheetah is all about speed. Leopard have an immensely high power to weight ratio, short bones and heavy muscle in comparison to the Cheetah's sinewy long leverage.
This bronze sculpture of a Cheetah conveys the grace and composure of this elegant animal. Built for the high-speed pursuit of its prey, it is tall and slender with a long flexible spine to allow for rapid changes of direction, and has a naturally balanced feline gait.
Although available individually, the Cheetah and the Leopard are scaled to each other and so make a handsome pair of companion pieces for lovers of African wildlife.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I’ve been lucky enough to have studied Leopard and Cheetah in the wild for long periods since 1996, both at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya and at Africat in Okonjima, Namibia. The first time I went to Africa I played football with a cheetah! It was then that I first started sculpting as a career, making small studies out of African beeswax.