Large bronze sculptures by John Tolmay grace the hallways of homes and offices, trophy rooms and outdoor spaces of numerous discerning collectors of exceptional African wildlife art. These pieces can range from simple poses to highly complex and detailed constructions of the bronze art medium. Texturing and a loser style define the great beauty of this epic collection from the Bronze Africa gallery. These pieces are very popular with hunters from all over the world. They compliment the true African hunting experience.
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.
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…
I spent a good chunk of 2015 sculpting a life-size red stag and an accompanying bust. The stag now has pride of place in the Deer Path Inn garden and the bust hangs in the English Room. A visit is highly recommended – a stunning setting, excellent cuisine and top-level service. Many thanks to the team at the Inn for their support and enthusiasm for the project and none of this would have been possible without Cal and Rane Paulson from Billings Bronze in Montana for coming down to North Carolina and making the mould, the casting and then assistance with the final installation at the Inn.