Fallow Buck Standing - 2018
Initially introduced to Britain during the Norman conquest, Fallow deer are now widespread in Britain. They have distinctive chestnut colouring with white spots on their flanks, a white rump outlined in black, and a long white and black tail. They are often to be seen grazing in woodland glades, but if disturbed will flee.
Deer are alive with tension and always alert. This is what Hamish wanted to communicate in these bronze deer sculptures. Fallow Buck Standing Alert 2018 follows the viewer with his eyes, and Fallow Buck Running 2018 has taken off in flight.
Hamish was inspired by his observation of wild Fallow. "So often I’d spot a buck after he'd already seen me. He would be standing absolutely motionless, staring straight at me in full state of alert, and then he'd run off. It is those split second moments that I wanted to capture with these two Fallow deer sculptures."
They work perfectly as a companion piece to each other. And because they are in positions that real Fallow deer might adopt when crossing somebody's garden, they look wonderfully natural arranged on a lawn, perhaps beneath the trees.
Fallow Buck Standing Alert 2018 and Fallow Buck Running 2018 are cast into bronze using the lost wax method and are free standing. They both can be fixed securely into location with stainless steel fixing pins.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I have a passion for deer passed on from my grandfather who kept a large herd. I was delighted to be commissioned to make a Fallow buck. As a sculptor, deer are a great size for mark making. Another reason I like sculpting deer is that it is possible to work from a carcass. This is an age old way for sculptors and artists to gain an anatomical understanding. I spent many afternoons last winter photographing wild Fallow deer, studying their habits and mannerisms and then eventually culling a buck to work from.