This is Hamish’s first relief panel, his contemporary take on a classical form.
Cast in bronze, Nude Model in Studio is a deep relief. Some areas are quite sketchy and others very tight in the sculpting method. The sense of perspective is enhanced by both the 2D drawing into clay and the 3D modelling of the closer composition.
The depiction of hard and angular metallic studio equipment contrasts with the soft sinuous fleshiness of the female model, giving the sculpture a tactile quality. There is also a sense of quiet intimacy to this piece. Hamish draws the viewer in, leading the eye anti-clockwise up the reclining figure and back around.
This relief panel is an example of Hamish’s versatility and scope. His figurative work is as well-regarded as his wildlife sculpture. Nude Model in Studio is a fine addition to his body of work and will delight his collectors.