Art Education & Qualifications: Camberwell School of Art 1960’s
Working Medium: Bronze sculpture & vessels
Whereas bronze is most often used to reproduce a work originally conceived in another medium, Philip Hearsey uses the sand-casting process to create vessel forms that honour and explore the qualities of bronze as a material in its own right. Solid and heavy, yet graceful in line and remarkable in the vibrancy of patination, forms are pure: primordial in origin; subtle, elegant and seemingly weightless as they draw the eye to become objects of contemplation.
Notes for the bronze vessel forms
The solid bronze vessel forms are cast in sand and are hand finished by polishing and patinating to produce a variety of surface colours and finishes. Sand-casting is an ancient and low-tech process; small imperfections and pits often occur in the surface of the bronze. These are not a fault.
Patination usually involves a chemical reaction with the surface of the metal [oxidization] and produces a range of different colours and effects. Occasionally painted or gold leaf finishes are used.