Merino Ram - 2015
Merino sheep are much prized for their soft fine wool and when Hamish was in Australia he was able to study them on sheep farms in the outback.
"“In 1788, 28 Merino sheep formed the farming backbone of Australia. By 1830, there were over 2 million sheep. Now there are more than 35 million. Thank you to the North Ashrose Stud in South Australia for getting me close to those incredibly sculptural horns." (HM)
Hamish’s Merino Ram sculpture presents all the characteristics that this breed of sheep is valued for. The thick fleece is dense and finely crimped, the magnificent spiral horns curl close to the head. Merino Ram sculpture is available in limited edition in bronze or silver. This is the bronze sculpture.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
Prized for its wool, in 1788, 28 merino sheep formed the farming backbone of Australia. By 1830 there were over 2 million sheep. This Merino Ram was sculpted at the North Ashrose Stud in South Australia. A couple of ram were penned up for me to study, and this maquette, together with Merino Ram Head, was started on site, and then finished back in my studio in Oxfordshire.