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W: 560mm x H: 730mm x D: 290mm
W: 22" x H: 29" x D: 11"
Approx. Weight: 3.8kg
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About "Dragon Ascent"
This piece represents the ultimate expression of a dragon. With body poised and wings outstretched, ready to beat down and launch it into flight.
In a way it represents my desire at the time to spread my wings and see what I could do.
It was technically challenging because I needed to correctly estimate the rate of shrinkage of the legs, feet and tail so that it would fit on the base properly.
The wings are constructed from fibreglass and bamboo to portray their delicate feel while still maintaining strength and durability.
I chose shoe polish in earth tones, sealed with a clear varnish to compliment the mopani wood base.
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I'm inspired by the joy of seeing clay take on a life of it's own, by putting shape, form and feeling into a thought or concept. I have worked in several mediums, but only clay seems to bring my imagination to life.
Dragons are favorite subject because as an imaginary creature, I have complete freedom in how they take shape. My sculpting career began in 1990 with the desire to express the perfect dragon. No matter what else I do, I always come back to my dragons.
Along the way I discovered an interest in the contours, flowing lines and forms that make up faces. These are most of my wall-mounted works, which I like to show as aspects of nature such as deserts or flowing water.
I am often inspired by the patterns and grains of driftwood and many of my works are tailor-made for a specific driftwood base.
Most of the ideas for my pieces come from tales of magic, fantasy and mythology.
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