Theme for my new plaster relief sculpture

My new sculpture’s theme is based on Grecian and Babylonian mythology. The figures are gods,  Mermaid and Merman figures Posidon and Tiamat are surrounded by schools of fish and jellyfish. They are essentially man and woman. Their sensual relationship, in this sculpture, is symbolically narrated through imagery. The fish eggs  as fertility symbols and somewhat phallic jellyfish,  lead the viewers eye around the double-sided relief sculpture.
The couple are crowned by the sacred Octopus.
The sculpture stands at one point six five meters tall and will be molded and cast in bronze on an edition of six. The Patination of the sculpture will be dark browns to black with a verdigis in the recesses. It will stand as a water feature.

By Stephen Rautenbach

My Portfolio: I am a sculptor and artist. I studied Fine Art at Mandela Metropolitan University. I worked as a fettler and an artisan at a bronze foundry for a couple of years.
I was a teacher of sculpture at Somerset College for four and a half years and also lectured space and volume at Stellenbosch University for a short period. I did teach sculpture privately. I have a public studio/gallery in Stellenbosch South Africa. I do private and corporate commissions on sculptural portraiture, animal and bird sculptures. Sculptures are made in wax, plasticine or plaster before I have them cast in bronze.
I am currently represented by the George Thornton Art Gallery in the UK, Nottingham, where I have sculptures on Exhibition.
Locally in South Africa I have a few bronze sculptures at the Posthouse Gallery as well as an extensive collection of bronze sculptures at my Studio Gallery, 44 Church Street Stellenbosch South Africa.
I do illustrative pen and ink drawings and the occasional lithograph.
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