David G Smith | ArtGallery.co.uk

United Kingdom

October 2013

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David G Smith

2 reviews

Having no formal art training, apart from some evening classes in sculpture and life drawing, my main influences I have got from my artistic parents, and my name being Smith, a trade name of old, so some of what do as a sculptor, beating and shaping metal is, I suppose, in my genes. My early sculpture pieces were wood carvings, and later stone carving both figurative and architectural, some restoration work, whilst putting into practice clay and wax modeling, mould making and resin casting, techniques learnt in evening classes, always very useful to a sculptor. Now to my hand crafted bronze sculptures, I use my own method to create the one off figures shown here, this means you can have a sculpture fashioned solely by myself. My inspiration is mainly drawn from another artistic enterprise dance, I like my figures to show as much movement as I can portray in static sculpture, all my bronze sculptures show the human form as faithfully a possible. Some of my drawings are part of the artistic endeavour of designing my sculptural works, which I have developed into there own collection of drawings, as limited edition prints. I have also embarked on another line of drawing architectural in nature, mainly drawn from my photographs taken on my travels here and abroad. I have been sculpting and drawing for a living for about 40 years, and have been fortunate enough to have been commissioned most notably, to create sculptures for three of The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s cruise ships, Singapore Airlines, ’Cuprous Nymphaea’ for their first class lounge in Changi Airport, others include, Colin Draycott Group, their company logo ‘Teamwork’. Rokes Ltd, garden sculptures, Decora Ltd ranges of sports and decor related masters for casting, and many private commissions, including Dr & Mrs Layton, two resting dancers for their Cotswold estate, and Mr & Mrs L Slater a balancing figure ‘Jester & ball’, for their London home. As for my own work which I have concentrated on for the last 15 years, working on my own sculptures takes the stress of deadlines out of the equation, leaving me more time to be artistic, which does have its own challenges, but I do enjoy the creative process, trying to get it right for my own satisfaction, and of course yours, they are mainly the aforementioned dance related poses available. My own way of bronze sculpture creation, for anyone who might be interested in how I make my pieces, a bit like making a suit of armour, I start off by making an actual size model in plasticine, to use as my tailors dummy or mannequin, from this I make and cut paper templates of all the parts required to make the whole figure, I then use the templates to mark out on bronze plate all the pieces needed, these are then cut out, annealed (softened) ready to be hammered into the required shapes for the figure, they are fitted onto the mannequin, and when complete, are ready to be assembled, welded together or onto an armature, when that is finished it is ready to have whatever finish have decided on, usually some form of traditional patination, finally polished, and signed.



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Gave the sculpture as a wedding present and it was well received. Sculpture itself is beautiful although still unsure about base colour.

Submitted by Sue-lin H 10/01/2014


Artgallery responded very quickly to a rush order - thanks

Submitted by Sue-lin H 10/01/2014