Hares - 2018
Hares are a favourite subject of Hamish's, to which he returns often in his sculptures. Most of the year, these shy creatures are elusive but in the Spring their behaviour radically changes. They can be seen leaping about, chasing each other and engaging in bouts of 'boxing'. This probably gave rise to the expression 'Mad as a March Hare'.
This sculpture fizzes with energy. Hares 2018 utilises the inherent strength of bronze to create a composition that appears to challenge gravity but is perfectly balanced. Hamish has arranged his two hares in a dynamic pose, a slightly twisting s-shape which demonstrates the sinuous agility of their bodies and explores the anatomical detail of what is hard and what is soft.
Hamish's bronze hare sculpture works equally well as a dramatic indoor piece, or as a witty focal point in a country garden. Available with felt cushions under base for interior placement. For secure installation outside, there are threaded holes in the bronze base.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I have made three Hare sculptures in the early part of 2018. In bronze, I have sculpted Hares 2018, and a loosely modelled hare head, and a carved hare head. As a wildlife sculptor is it so important to get the anatomy right. Like artists such as Stubbs, I worked from a carcass which allowed me close observation of how the feet work etc. Boxing hares get themselves into amazing positions. Once I had a concept, I built an armature structurally strong enough to support the weight of clay, but also really malleable so I could change the positions of head and limbs. The spine was almost the only rigid section. Often a composition evolves as the sculpting starts. All the time, I had to consider how the sculpture will be moulded and then support itself once cast into bronze without the armature supports. A degree in engineering would have been useful!