Hanging Grouse Alexander Pope
Photo courtesy National Museum of Wildlife Art
As an art student at the Kansas City Art Institute I was fascinated and influenced by 19th century American painters William Harnett and Alexander Pope who painted incredible tromp i'oeil sportsmen's still life masterpieces. While other students were studying Abstract Expressionism, I was immersed in representational subject matter that I grew up with in rural Oklahoma.
Executed in high relief, my new pheasant still life sculpture is meant to be a decorative wall hanging. My goal was to present the pheasant rooster with clarity of contour and expressive form . . . not as a dead bird.
The upright vertical axis of the new sculpture creates logical balance of mass and quiet simplicity of form.
Life-sized pheasant gamepiece in progress
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