Sir Winston Churchill Scale 1:3 - 2017
Arguably Britain’s most famous Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill has long been immortalised in sculpture - notably, Jacob Epstein’s 1947 Winston Churchill bust in the Oval Office of the White House, and Ivor Roberts-Jones’ 1973 Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square.
Hamish has captured both Churchill’s instantly recognisable features and indomitable spirit in this portrait.
“I wanted to convey more than just his likeness. This great man had to make some pretty weighty decisions and had so much on his mind. I approached it in the same way as I approach animals subjects, trying to convey his thoughts through his expression. He is bearing the heavy responsibility for leading his country during the darkest hour, but I hope in his face I have also shown the kindness of the man beneath.” (HM)
Hamish’s handling of his material with its rough texture, provokes thought. It puts Churchill in reflective mood, bearing the responsibility for leading his country during the darkest hour, while also revealing a kindness beneath.
This exact scale replica is of Hamish Mackie's full-size bust of Sir Winston Churchill 2017 which is in the permanent Winston Churchill collection at Blenheim Palace. This scale replica is cast in bronze and on a base of Kilkenny stone. It is available in a limited edition of 50.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
Sculpting Churchill was a challenge I relished - I haven’t done a portrait for twenty years. I studied hundreds of photographs of Churchill, watched hours of footage of him speaking, and researched extensively at Blenheim Palace. One of the most inspirational images is the one that appears on the new £5 note, from a 1941 photograph by Yousuf Karsh. I just kept thinking about all the monumental decisions Churchill had made during the war and I knew I had to communicate that.