|A b o u t t h e
A r t i s t
Over the years I have
built many exact scale models as a hobby and then on
commission for collectors who wanted a model of a special car.
I had become bored however, as this was not enabling me to
explore my artistic side and I needed to be able to express
myself more. So, at age 61, I decided that a change was needed
and that I should explore my artistic abilities and enjoy a
talent that I have always had but never used.
What appeals to me is the style and flowing gracefulness,
almost sensuous shapes that some cars exude. Some are
significant “super cars” of their time, while others are
run-of-the-mill production cars that set a new direction and
style. So, inspired by this I have developed my own style of
car art sculpture – AutCouture that seeks to capture the
essence of the style and grace that I find so appealing, and
which I hope others will share with me.
The pieces are ‘cold cast’ with Aluminium and bronze powder,
cast in a solid resin and are limited to 250 pieces. Each
weighs over 3 kg and is 340 mm long. I have attempted ‘hot
cast’ bronze as well, but this was not as successful as hoped
and the ‘cold cast’ medium seems to suit the shape and form of
the pieces better.
The first piece is my portrayal of the 1954 R-Type Bentley
Continental, which to my eye is one of the most beautiful cars
ever to grace a road. This piece was shown for the first time
at the Techno Classica Classic car Show in Essen in April
2005, where 6 un-numbered “pilot” pieces were exhibited and
sold. The second is my interpretation of a stylized Peugeot
402 saloon from 1938, where the graceful grille enclosing 2
large headlights, the flowing bumper, plus the beautiful body
swage line along the shoulder of the car from front to back,
captivated me. Others will follow.
I hope that this piece gives you as much enjoyment as I have
had in sculpting and casting it.