Elephant Calf Bashful - 2019
Hamish has been studying elephants in the wild for more than twenty-five years. In this series of four sculptures - Elephant Calf Bold, Elephant Calf Boisterous, Elephant Calf Bashful and Elephant Calf Chasing Warthog - he brings his sculptor's eye to the younger members of the herd.
"Elephants are a subject I will never tire of. I find elephants have a complex and varied range of emotions and are fairly easy to read." (HM)
Here, the elephant calf is hesitant, not sure whether, or even how, to proceed forwards. Hamish observed the orphaned elephant calves at Reteti elephant sanctuary in Northern Kenya, growing in confidence as they are cared for and finding their feet. Nearby at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the younger elephants are similarly relaxed. Perhaps they somehow know that in both these conservation havens, they are safe from human-wildlife conflict within the security boundaries.
Hamish will quite often sculpt several of the same subject at the same time. It is a very dynamic and efficient way of sculpting, as he really gets his subject in his head. Each of these elephant calf sculptures has a powerful emotional impact and when placed together, they make a compelling scene.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
After visiting Reteti elephant sanctuary in Northern Kenya a number of times, I just had to sculpt some naughty little youngsters mucking about! The calves feel relaxed and safe in the care of the Reteti rangers and this shows in their playful behaviour. This little chap had come charging forward, stopped and waved his trunk around, flapped his ears and then nearly fallen over trying to work out what to do or where to go next!