Kay:
Sculpture "Appassionata" (1987), version in bronze

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Ars Mundi exclusive edition | Limited, 99 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Punched | Bronze | Hand-made | Length 46 cm

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Kay: Sculpture "Appassionata" (1987), version in bronze

It is always amazing how Kay captures unmistakable and eternal attitudes and moments in the shapes of his works. One cannot believe one´s own eyes: these are not sculptures, they are alive… The details of his female bodies with all tense curves and muscles are shaped by him with impressive detail accuracy. The eye follows again and again each line of this supernaturally beautiful body. Is there a heartbeat shaking the chest, a blink inviting to closeness?

Key remains, beyond all trend rush, faithful to a figurative, holistic human approach. The naked woman is and remains his central theme: symbol of self-aware creature, the animal sides of our being.

Limited world edition, 398 exemplars. Length 46 cm. ars mundi exclusive edition in fine bronze, hand cast using the lost wax technique. Edition of 99 exemplars, signed and serially numbered, punched with casting stamp.

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In 1956 Kay Winkler was born, who calls himself only KAY, studied at the Academy of fine arts in Munich and Stuttgart, sculptor studies at Ibscher, and was an Assistant at the graphic studio of Professor H. C. Berann. At the age of 18, he made his debut with an exhibition at the Haus der Kunst in Munich.

Winkler's central theme is the naked female body, he manages after extensive studies of Anatomy in all imaginable positions to reflect real life realistically. As contrary to are introverted, sensitive artist, the superficial self-presentation and effect seeking scandals, KAY adheres to the tense relations of organic forms and pays homage to the sex-stressed female body, without lapsing into superficial piquancy.

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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Graphic or sculpture edition that was initiated by ars mundi and is available only at ars mundi or at distribution partner licensed by ars mundi.

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.

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.

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