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Gary Mccann’s Portrait

We have just processed the sitting for Gary Mccann’s portrait. This is going to be one & a half life-size portrait of the Theatre Designer. For this sitting we took the traditional portrait photographs 360 degrees and as many critical measurements as possible. We will be posting images as the portrait progresses.

 

To see Gary’s work please visit www.garymccann.com

David

 

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Recently revisiting the Michelangelo’s David at the Academia Gallery in Florence reminded us both of the differencing mindset and approach a stone carver has to sculpt a figurative piece, to that of a clay modeller. Most people understand the concept of carving as a process of working from the outside inwards to determine the figure, which is the complete reversal to the clay modelling process. Both being clay modeller’s our appreciation of the carving process is naturally heightened when admiring the work of Michelangelo.

 

Interestingly, Michelangelo always kept his working methods a secret, however his friend and biographer Giorgio Vasari does write an account on Michelangelo’s working methods and practices. Vasari’s description of the process does seem to contradict though, particularly when scrutinising Michelangelo’s unfinished works for example the Slaves, “Awakening Slave”, “Young Slave”, “Atlas Slave”, & “Bearded Slave”. (all four in the Academia). Vasari seems to describe generic and commonplace practices that stone carvers would follow. For example, previously making clay terracotta models of the subject prior to carving, then often as not, casting these into wax to be used for reference only. The Water Box system, although, Michelangelo apparently did not use this or the Pointillism system, these were very traditional methods of orientating the reference points of the figure within the stone block. It seems Michelangelo worked directly into the stone, having one main primary viewpoint, as can be seen in the unfinished Slaves.

 

It is worth remembering that a copy of Michelangelo’s David does exist in the Victoria and Albert Museum in the plaster casts room.

 

Duran goes home

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The wax portrait of Duran was commissioned in 2013 for the 13 year old’s Barmitzvah, held at Madame Tussauds Baker Street museum. He came back for refurbishment this year and was safely returned to his home during the summer.

 

The London Group – From David Bomberg to Paula Rego

We are currently showing at Southampton City Art Gallery – the London Group exhibition titled ‘From David Bomberg to Paula Rego‘ runs from 28th June – 1st November 2014.  The work we are exhibiting at the City Art Gallery is a sculpture titled ‘Angel‘. Angel was originally produced and  exhibited in 2012; the piece is based on a soldier, represented as a fragment, war torn and twisted shrapnel.

 

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To see the article from The Public Catalogue Foundation please use the following link http://www.thepcf.org.uk/whatwedo/48/reference/893

 

Previous Shows with the London Group:

  • Centenary Open Exhibition: Cello Factory, March 2013
  • The London Group at 100: Mottisfont Abbey, February – April 2013
  • Centenary Members’ Exhibition: Pitzhanger Manor, January – March 2013
  • Members’ Annual Exhibition: Cello Factory – October 2012
  • On My Behalf  – Self Portraits: Cumberland Hotel, September – October 2012
  • Members’ Open Exibition : Cello Factory, October – November 2011

Turkish in fright!

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Final Touches Detail Nurettin
Hanging Ayhan Breakthrough

Paul & Laura have just completed one of their most challenging projects to date. Created for their Turkish client, the wax portraits portray two workmen accidentally falling through the ceiling in the private collection at the Istanbul Modern Art Museum. The works are animatronic and can swing to-and-fro at the flick of a switch. The only consolation for the desperate pair is they have the most amazing view of the Bosphorus.

The view of the Bosphorus

The Ultimate Performing player

Who is the ultimate player?  With the help of Special Art Effects, Castrol have created a ground-breaking hybrid player formed of the constituent parts of the world’s best players:

LEGS: Cristiano Ronaldo

LEFT FOOT: Lionel Messi

RIGHT FOOT: Thierry Henry

ARMS: Rory Delap

HEIGHT: Peter Crouch

HANDS: Julio Cesar

STAMINA: Michael Ballack

Taking this age-old debate at face value and applying the expertise of Paul and Laura Carey a life-sized waxwork sculpture of the Ultimate Player has been realised.  As Alan Sheera affirms, the project lets fans get more involved, offering a revolutionary insight into the beautiful game.

http://www.castrolfootball.com/upp/making.php

This project was a huge challenge for Paul and Laura as it through up all sorts of conflicts in creating such an unsual piece particularly in the area of the portrait, ‘how do you structure a portrait with so many different conflicting features’? (that don’t naturally blend together). The figure was also complicated as it has the height of Peter Crouch and limbs of players less taller, so the natural proportions would not appear anatomically correct. The pose of the figure had to also reflect the Ultimate Player’s strength and ability balanced on one foot showing complete control of the ball.

The ultimate player has started his journey in South America and will be moving to South Africa for the world cup.  Watch out for the Ultimate player, he’s on tour after the World Cup!

Ultimate Performing Player

Sven Goran-Eriksson unveils the Ultimate Performing Player