Lion Life Size - 2019
Sculpted from observation of lion in the wild at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, this bronze lion sculpture is life size. Hamish spent a week tracking lion with the monitoring team. He was able to observe these magnificent animals at close quarters, following and photographing them over several days.
As well as a comprehensive understanding of their anatomy, Hamish's studies also enabled him to convey their spirit and proud bearing. The loose handling of his material and his trademark gestural mark making help to bring the essence of the lion alive.
Made at the same time as Lioness Life Size 2019, these two lion sculptures make an impressive pair. They would look equally striking in an indoor or outdoor setting - perhaps placed in a large garden or courtyard as a focal point, arranged in a reception hall or flanking a staircase.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I have wanted to sculpt lions at a life size scale for a few years, so I asked Ian Craig of the Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya the best place to observe them. He advised me to visit Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a favourite place of mine. I spent a week with Patrick, a guide from the lion monitoring team, studying nothing but lion. We drove several hundred km in search of lion and I was able to observe and photograph the king of the beasts. I wanted to capture that real sense of a lion walking, not just the feet going forwards, but the whole swagger - the tail, spine, shoulder blades all working together. Even the subtle lolloping of the head from side to side! I wanted to convey a real feeling of their weight and power under a hot dry and dusty African sun.