Gerhard Hofmann:
Sculpture "Allegory of vigilance" (2007), bronze

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Limited, 35 pieces | Numbered | Signed | Bronze | Patinated | Size 19 x 13 x 7.5 cm

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Gerhard Hofmann: Sculpture "Allegory of vigilance" (2007), bronze

The allegory of "vigilance" Hofmann has created a sculpture that was realized with liveliness and humour: The pointed ears here are the symbol for vigilance!

Bronze sculpture, patinated. Size 19 x 13 x 7.5 cm. Edition 35 pieces, numbered and signed.

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Gerhard Hofmann, born in 1960 in Worms, lives and works in Gerhard Hofmann, born in 1960 in Worms, lives and works in Neustadt on the Wine Route.

The artist may be described as grandiose etcher. By transferring picturesque stylistic devices in the technique of the graphic etchings by Gerhard Hofmann act globally free and easy. He knows how to capture the vibrant and colourful atmosphere of the landscape, the city or the flower and reproduce in very atmospheric manner. Gerhard Hofmann also deals with the sculpture with which he is its reputation as an independent and original artist.

The work of Gerhard Hofmann is postponed for more than 20 years - and there are few artists who have such a capacity for transformation of the representation with a constant intensity. His colour etchings can be seen at numerous art fairs and exhibitions in Germany and abroad.

An alloy of copper with other metals (especially with tin) used since ancient times.

Bronze casting:

When casting bronze, artist usually applies the lost-wax technique which is dating back more than 5000 years. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.

Sculpture "The Book Reader" by Ernst Barlachs is shown here as an example:

Ernst Barlach: Sculpture 'The book reader'

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 1

First, the artist forms a model of his sculpture. It is embedded in a liquid silicone rubber composition. Once the material has solidified, the model is cut out. The liquid wax is poured in the negative mould. After cooling down, the wax casting is removed from the mould, provided with sprues and dipped into ceramic mass. The ceramic mass is hardened in a kiln, and the wax flows out (lost mould).

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 2Now we finally have the negative form, into which the 1400 ° C hot molten bronze is poured. After the bronze had cooled down, the ceramic shell is broken off and the sculpture comes to light.

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 3Now the sprues are removed, the surfaces are polished, patinated and numbered by the artist himself or, to his specifications, by a specialist. Thus, each casting becomes an original work

For lower-grade bronze castings, the sand casting method is often used which, however, does not achieve the results of more complex lost wax technique in terms of surface characteristics and quality.

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Sand casting

Designation for an art object (sculpture, installation), which is produced according to the will of the artist in multiple copies in a limited and numbered edition.

Artist's multiple contributed to "democratization" of art as the work was made available and affordable for a wider audience.

A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.

While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, for bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually it is made of clay or other easily shaped materials.

The prime time of sculpture after the Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Also the contemporary artists, such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz enriched the sculpture with outstanding works.

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