Model in Studio, Relief - 2020
This is Hamish's first relief panel, his contemporary take on a classical form.
Cast in bronze, 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 is an example of Hamish's versatility and scope. His figurative work is as well-regarded as his wildlife sculpture. Model in Studio is a fine addition to his body of work and will delight his collectors.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
Just before the 2020 Covid 19 lockdown, I spent several weeks sculpting from a life model. I started the project by coming up with a series of stances in my head. I then spent a day photographing model Ella Rose, exploring ideas and taking anatomical references. I wanted to push my capabilities, hence 7 very different compositions and sizes, including my first relief panel. I sculpted this wall mounted relief in my studio, the model leaning against an upright piece of wood clamped in a vice. Working with a life model has to be a collaboration. Modelling is tough on the body – it’s much harder to keep still than one would imagine!