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Featured Artist Gilly Thomas

The simple flowing lines and smooth surfaces of artist Gilly Thomas’ bronze animal sculptures invite you to reach out and touch them. See more by visiting her website.

 

Artist Gilly Thomas in her studio. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Gilly Thomas in her studio

 

Art is an extension of my life.

 

"Sitting Hare" Bronze Sculpture, 6cm x 11cm x 6cm by artist Gilly Thomas. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sitting Hare” Bronze Sculpture, 6cm x 11cm x 6cm

 

Since childhood, I have loved making, playing and building with clay, piling stones, weaving reeds and just being outside and enjoying.

 

"Covey of Grouse" Bronze Sculpture, 17cm x 17cm x 25cm (Set) by artist Gilly Thomas. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Covey of Grouse” Bronze Sculpture, 17cm x 17cm x 25cm (Set)

 

Fast forward a few years. The children are grown and I have time to take myself back to college to study sculpture, basically playing with clay again.

 

"Han the Water Horse" Bronze Sculpture, 43cm x 37cm x 20cm by artist Gilly Thomas. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Han the Water Horse” Bronze Sculpture, 43cm x 37cm x 20cm

 

I am now a figurative sculptor creating bronze sculpture for the country home. Living in the countryside surrounded by fields (and my two horses) I watch the wildlife sauntering by, investigating and examining the elegance and serenity of their natural forms.

 

"Pair of Pheasants" Bronze Sculpture, 25cm x 35cm x 20cm (Set) by artist Gilly Thomas. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Pair of Pheasants” Bronze Sculpture, 25cm x 35cm x 20cm (Set)

 

I try to depict the shape of the animal that you see from afar, including the essence, the shape and its character, such as the grace of the horse or the quiet beauty of a hare or pheasant.

 

"Pair of Pheasants" (Different Angle) Bronze Sculpture, 25cm x 35cm x 20cm (Set) by artist Gilly Thomas. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Pair of Pheasants” (Different Angle) Bronze Sculpture, 25cm x 35cm x 20cm (Set)

 

I wish the lines to flow, for your eye and hand to move over the piece with calm gentleness.

 

"3 Salmon Swimming" Bronze Sculpture, 5cm x 22cm x 3cm (Each Approx.) by artist Gilly Thomas. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Three Salmon Swimming” Bronze Sculpture, 5cm x 22cm x 3cm (Each Approx.)

 

I make a complete journey when developing an idea of an animal that I wish to create. I look at many photographs and depictions of that animal and then I start to make a clay representation.

 

"Five Salmon Swimming" Bronze Sculpture, 6cm x 25cm x 5cm (Each Approx.) by artist Gilly Thomas. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Five Salmon Swimming” Bronze Sculpture, 6cm x 25cm x 5cm (Each Approx.)

 

Usually one or two clay forms are made in different poses. These I let dry to be “leather hard” while I make slight changes, looking at them from different angles and in different lights. I then make a mould and cast the piece in fine casting plaster. I let it dry, smooth it and check the line until I am completely satisfied. Is it right? Eventually you have to say to yourself “let go” and move onto moulding it again.

 

"Little Hare" Bronze Sculpture, 6cm x 9cm x 6cm by artist Gilly Thomas. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Little Hare” Bronze Sculpture, 6cm x 9cm x 6cm

 

Eventually, a signed wax copy of the original is delivered to the foundry for them to invest the wax and cast it in bronze using the lost wax tradition. I have built an excellent relationship with the foundry, and when the piece is cast I oversee the finishing, patina and the final wax and polish.

 

"Efay" Bronze Sculpture, 42cm x 30cm x 20cm by artist Gilly Thomas. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Efay” Bronze Sculpture, 42cm x 30cm x 20cm

 

It has taken me quite a while to decide what my favourite material is, and I strongly believe it is bronze, with its weight, patina and glow. I feel that when you have a bronze sculpture you have more than a pheasant or hare–you have a bronze.