Michael Talbot

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The inspiration for Michael Talbot`s work has always been the dramatic poetry of the human form, and he works from live models.  He first creates the sculpture in clay, and then casts it in bronze using the 'lost wax' technique.  Talbot gives each sculpture a unique finish and patina. This process is wholly under his control allowing him to enhance and refine the final image.

Michael Talbot was born in Staffordshire in 1959.  After completing a BA honours degree in Sculpture, he gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for post-graduate study in 1980, winning the coveted Landseer prize in 1983. He studied further at The Sir Henry Doulton Sculpture School under Colin Melbourne ARCA and Dame Elizabeth Frink RA.
  
Michael was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1997 and was elected a member of the National Sculpture Society (USA) in 2012. 
 
Michael writes:

'Sculpture for me, is essentially a theatrical construction, an attempt to show and illuminate a chosen moment in time.  I draw my creative inspiration from theatre, myth, dance and illusion. The inspiration for the Briseis and Ariadne sculptures were taken from plumes of water in a night-lit fountain which, with the distortion of the mind’s eye, figures appeared in the tumbling crest of a column of liquid energy.  This, I have tried to capture in bronze, through the lost wax process, a technique from Ancient Greece, to render a timeless human narrative from the Myth of Greece.

I like to give my sculptures choreography of form, tension and balance to lead the eye and capture a moment in time, sometimes I work with the fragmented form rather than an entire figure (like Harlequin and Primrose Path). This is a favourite artistic device often inspired by shadows of the model on the studio wall - because less is sometimes more.


I work from the live model in my pursuit of a particular momentary form or gesture. This I contrast with the absolute nature of bronze.  It is what remains when time sweeps all else away. When we gaze into the face of an ancient bronze in a museum, what reaches out across the millennia of time is not how different, but how like us they were.' 

Grace
Grace
80 x 92 cm
Original Bronze Edition
Ophelia
Ophelia
55 x 94 cm
Original Bronze Edition
Solstice
Solstice
45 x 93 cm
Original Bronze Edition
Serephina
Serephina
35 x 92 cm
Original Bronze Edition
Callisto
Callisto
15 x 94 cm
Original Bronze Edition
Briseis (Sold)
Briseis (Sold)
21 x 146 cm
Original Bronze Edition
Nymph de Mer
Nymph de Mer
40 x 170 cm
Original Bronze Edition