The Cape Doctor Bronze

Art, Bronze sculpture, Bronzes, Figurative bronze sculpture, Sculpture/art 28 Jul 2013

Some years ago, I completed this large bronze sculpture on commission in Stellenbosch.
The brief was; ‘Make a bronze male Torso’.
The theme I presented in bronze, was my human interpretation of ‘The Cape Doctor’ much like the great sculptors and Painters did in the days of old.
I love Mythology and the very appropriate name for the wind ‘The Cape Doctor’.
It occurs frequently, a dry, often gale-force wind that cleanses the Western Cape around September of every year.
The ‘beastly South Easterly’ often wreaks havoc, cleanses and brings heavy rains to our Wine-lands region.
A Large part of my inspiration and idea for the sculpture originated with art history,
Caravaggio’s painting’ Bacchus’,
and Michelangelo’s ‘Moses’, hence, my bronze figures little horn growth nodes beneath his hair, grapes and leafy weightlessness.
Here in the Western Cape South Africa we are privileged to live in one of the worlds best wine regions.

He becomes the wind and vineyards. His eyes closed as if caught up in the gale of a dream.</strong>

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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. My other website is www.stephenrautenbach.co.za and www.stephenrautenbach.com

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