With over 30 years of experience sculpting a wide range of mediums.
Producing works for corporate, public, fine art and private commissions. A collection of works that include architectural, figurative, and animated themes.
The idea for this piece initially came from an Abalone shell picked up on Fulong beach in Taiwan. Looking at the shell, and studying its form I imagined a mermaid curled up within its Pearl interior. As the concept for the sculpture developed I sought to answer the age old question . . . 'where do mermaids come from?'. And then it dawned on me, the shell was the birthplace of Mermaids, and so 'Pearl' our Mermaid was born.
In the real world Abalone do produce pearls, and of course have a beautiful mother of pearl interior that is often used in jewelry. Once this sculpture is cast in bronze I intend to use a patina to mimic this wonderful interior backdrop.
Pearl, our new born mermaid, once cast in bronze will have two patinas. A warm bronze tone on her upper body suggesting her human like attributes, and a green hue on her lower body and tail portraying her as more aquatic being.
The piece is presently being detailed in a solid wax based clay in preparation for the first of two moulds. The first mould will be made of rubber with a fiberglass shell, which will give me the ability to cast the piece in a thin (3/8") layer of wax. From the wax casting a second mould will be created made of ceramic that can withstand the 2,000 degree temperature of molten bronze.
The Sphere is a bronze sculpture done in collaboration with Nathan Scott. Located at the Sunny Hill Health Centre at the Children's Hospital in Vancouver, BC Canada.
The sculpture is designed to create interest, and inspiration for young and old alike with empowering words of support: Community, Healing, Courage, Strength, Perseverance and Resilience (in English & stylized Braile), amid a display of totem animals Including: Orca, Sea Lion, Bald Eagle, Beaver, Wood pecker, Heron, Sea Otter, Loon, Squirrel, Racoon, Bear, Fox, Raven, Badger, Frog, Canada Geese, Rabbit and Owl.
Ocean in Motion
Ocean in Motion is a bronze sculpture featuring 3 Sea Otters swimming amongst Bull Kelp.
Sculptural works depicting wildlife in the Pacific Ocean. Inspired by a close association with the Ocean, from exploring tide pools, to being in the water and on it. I have drawn my inspiration from my experience of curiosity and wonder with what nature provides.
The sculpture measures 24" X 24" X 72".
The Exchange is a bronze sculpture that depicts a life size Raven holding a chess piece ( a rook/tower) in its beak. This is the third in a series of Raven sculptures exploring the impact these animals have on human culture around the world. The symbolism of this sculpture is drawn from a story of British origin, whereupon it is said that at all times there must be Ravens at the Tower of London, otherwise the British Empire shall fall. A significant story that holds the Raven in a special place a reverence.
bronze sculpture by Fred Dobbs