Fine Art

The Flying Hippo, large maquette now available in the studio

The Flying Hippo Maquette

My Flying Hippo is a medium sized maquette in cast bronze. Female Hippo is swimming gracefully through the air, weightless as if immersed in water.

Size; L/B/h 64/51/80cm in a patinated stainless steel box; 40/40/10cm

My choice of patina, a deep ferric red to purple resembles their natural colour while emphasizing volume with greens, yellows to turquoise in the dark recesses.

In anticipation of a large Flying Hippopotamus, watch this space…

This maquette is currently available in the studio;

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.
My other website is and

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