Sculpture of two Cape Buffalo bulls
20 in Edition
W: 19″ H: 15″ L: 19″
48cm x 38cm x 48cm
Bronze Africa ‘Suspicion’
This sculpture is yet another flight of fancy. It holds true for me that the Cape Buffalo is easily the most impressive of all the African species. I let my mind go here and decided that I would put the egrets into the piece and allow the patina applied on the birds to enhance the whole scene by their brightness. I took my time with this piece and was never bored even for a moment although of course I had my usual internal squabble with myself as I worked through it to achieve the level of perfection that I wanted. I hope you like it in the bronze.
The only Buffalo more realistic than the two in ‘Suspicion’ are real ones standing in a mud hole in the Zambezi Valley! Thanks for this great work which brings back memories of several Safaris hunting them.
I am lucky enough to posses two Tolmay bronzes – Buffalo and Bongo – and also to have had the privilege of dealing with and getting to know John Tolmay and his lovely wife, Di. I have collected African art for the last 40 years, both paintings and bronzes. I searched for a Buffalo bronze for many, many years before finding the one I bought from John – two old bulls at a waterhole with cranes on either side – but could not find one that accurately portrayed these magnificent, imposing, bus-bodied beasts. What distinguished John’s art from others is that, as a professional African guide for many years, he has lived side by side with Africa’s wildlife. Only someone who has done this can, I believe, accurately portray both the visual aspects and essence of these animals. John does that.
We have decorated our ranch through the years with wonderful bronze pieces from this outstanding artist! John’s amazing ability to capture the motion and the essence of each animal or person in every sculpture is quite intricate and captivating! We treasure his artwork and also our friendship with John and Di. What lovely and talented people to have in our lives!
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