Kay:
Sculpture "Torso Giulia" (2017), Bronze

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Kay:
Sculpture "Torso Giulia" (2017), Bronze

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ars mundi special edition | Limited, 99 copies | Numbered | Signed | Punched | Bronze | Partially patinated | Polished | Format total 31.5 x 9 x 7.5 cm (H/W/D) | Weight 2.5 kg

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Kay: Sculpture "Torso Giulia" (2017), Bronze

The work "Giulia" is only the proof that Kay, as a sculptor honestly adheres to the language form of the traditional sculpting. The torso unobtrusively follows the tradition of the great masters. Nevertheless, it is quite contemporary, for "Giulia" pays homage to the beauty of the female body, without idealistically transfiguring it.

ars mundi special edition in fine bronze, partly patinated and polished, cast by hand in lost wax casting. Edition 99 copies, signed and numbered, hallmarked with the foundry stamp. Size 31.5 x 9 x 7.5 cm with base (H/W/D). Weight 2.5 kg.

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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.

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.

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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