John Tolmay specializes in bronze sculptures of the The Cape Buffalo. As a sculptor this is by far his favorite animal to depict. This majestic bovine of the African bush features heavily in his portfolio. From the tiny Buffalo Skull Paper Weight to the powerful large-scale piece called Belligerence, the cape buffalo has always had a special place in Johns work and his life as a professional hunting guide. He has sculpted the buffalo as an adversary to man and equally as the solitary powerful animal of the thick bush. Wall mounted, or book ends or just a thought-provoking piece that reminds you of the greatest hunting adventures you had in Africa, you will find your cape buffalo sc in this masterful collection of bronze sculptures.

Georgie launches her art at SEWE 2020

Georgie joined us at SEWE 2020, showing her paintings for the first time ever at an exhibition. These are the first pieces of wildlife art she has painted in an official capacity and took her 3 weeks to complete.

She came to learn, gather information and measure her work in the context of her fellow artists and what better place than the great collaborative atmosphere of the SEWE show and the charm of Charleston. The ground hornbill has already found a new home – snapped up before the show. The Cape Buffalo with the Ox Pecker and the Lioness are just now being framed so if any of you are interested in purchasing these originals please contact me directly for prices. No prints of these first paintings will be made.

The Cape Buffalo with the Ox Pecker is titled “Have You Found it Yet?” Acrylic on canvas paper and framed. Image size is: 19″ x 25.5″

The Lioness is titled “That’s Close Enough”.  Acrylic on paper and framed. Image size is approx: 11″ x 15″

Georgie goes home to France tomorrow to now start painting in earnest and setting up her new website to showcase her work. I will let you know when the new site is up and running.

Click on the links below to see larger versions of the paintings.

2020-04-05T19:08:17-04:00February 24th, 2020|Cape Buffalo, Predators|

Belligerence is here – all 250lbs of it…

Well, we took time about it, Belligerence and I – and now the time has come to bring you my most ambitious sculpture to date.

Six buffalo bulls on a termite mound, tightly packed, multiple levels, dynamic poses – a piece that took months of work but I wanted to raise the bar and aim higher. I wanted to dig deeper into my head-space than ever before with a buffalo sculpture. You can see the result here.

This is an edition of 7. Miles White, who commissioned the Stag, took Belligerence while it was still in the clay so the first one has already gone to Illinois.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed sculpting it.

2019-11-18T17:45:34-04:00November 30th, 2016|Cape Buffalo, Large, News|

Behind the Scenes

A lot of people have started to ask me about the Foundry and what it is like to bring a wax or a clay piece to life. So I have put together a little series of images for you give you a feeling of what the ‘back-end’ of my work looks like.

In order of appearance:

  1. Putting the patina on the piece called Gentle Giant of the Savannah. It’s messy work and the chemicals are noxious and dangerous to say the least but it’s that careful blending of heat and chemicals that brings up all the texturing and nuances in the piece and this is what I already have in my mind when I am still in the wax or clay stage.
  2. Putting the patina on Belligerence – thought it was never going to end but I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to achieve. Very happy with the result.
  3. Cal Paulson handling the heat. Here he is putting the finishing touches to the Stag that was made for the Deer Path Inn.
  4. Sculpting the moose that we will be collecting next week from the Foundry.
  5. The new hydraulic lift we have had to purchase in order to be able to move all 250lbs of Belligerence around. A great tool that will be useful for a few others too. Not getting any younger you know.
2019-11-18T17:45:00-04:00November 30th, 2016|Antelope, Cape Buffalo, Exhibitions, News|

A new Buffalo Sculpture

After The War Department sold out in Dallas last year it was clear that another large-scale multifaceted buffalo sculpture was called for and so – never one to avoid taking on a big challenge – herewith my latest offering still in the clay.

At this stage I can only guess at how heavy the piece will be and I will be keeping the edition number very low. A sixth buffalo will be added to the back and then all the texturing and detailing will be applied.

My daughter Georgie, and quite possibly my harshest critic (being an artist herself), calls this sculpture one of my “signature pieces.” I am under firm instruction to “stick to my knitting” and just let the piece do the talking – let the buffalo speak for themselves.

Yet to name it of course, but watch this space…

2019-07-29T01:17:07-04:00January 5th, 2016|Cape Buffalo, Large, News|

Three New Pieces in the Gallery

The War Department and Lord Derby sculptures sold out at the beginning of the year. Due to the popularity of those 2 pieces I thought it was a good idea to made a new sculpture of an Eland Bull in an edition of 12 which I am very pleased with. It’s very dynamic, attempting to capture that classic gait of the eland when it’s trotting away at a very deceptive speed.

I continue to grow the collection of the ever-popular Buffalo pieces with For Whom the Bell Tolls. A classic pose into which you can read anything. Are you threatened? Is he threatened?

And finally I am very happy to bring you a new study of 3 Wild Dogs running through long grass. One dog jumping – leaping up to see what’s ahead, another following the scent trail and the third just keeping up the pace. A fascinating piece to make.

2019-07-23T19:35:09-04:00November 4th, 2015|Antelope, Cape Buffalo, News, Predators|
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