Casting bronze at Sonoma State University, California

Douglas Jeal Sculptures - Bronzes


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A series of four sculptures executed in California when teaching at Sonoma State University.

The wax intrigued me in the way that its properties were so different from clay. It reacted to the warmth of the hand creating forms in a much more plastic manner, often taking the smallest detail like the print of your thumb or fingers.

I experimented with many patinas before settling for a subtle dark finish. The four pieces shown here were taken from artists that I had at some point admired. I gave them the collective title of The Artists' Women:

  • a fallen female figure in the style of Henry Moore
  • a seated Saskia, Rembrandt's wife, in conversation
  • a tall female figure after Degas
  • a female warrior after Hokusai