Dieter Finke:
Sculpture "The Shaman", bronze


Dieter Finke:
Sculpture "The Shaman", bronze

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Ars Mundi exclusive edition | Limited, 199 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Punched | bronze + Diabase | Hand-made | Polished | Patinated | Size 94 x 19 cm (H/W)| Weight 18 kg

Dieter Finke: Sculpture "The Shaman", bronze

Finke, graduate of the Graphic Arts Academy in Berlin and master student of Paul Dierke and Renée Sintenis, knew as no one else how to make visible the spirit that gives life to the outer shell; he grants drama and expressivity to his sculptures. The play of candlelight and of the fire in the fireplace gives a magical vividness to Finke´s creation: Does the shaman´s spirit return back from his flight over primeval territories? The flight of his soul in the transcendental world of spirits gives him the force to ban evil spirits or to make good spirits favorable to humans. By drumming and self-hypnosis, shamans get in ecstatic trance and send their subconscious to a magical sky journey. The religious roots of shamanism and the healing forces of the healer are documented up to Stone Age, at the root of humanity. Bird-like creature from another world, which opens our eyes to the depths of our souls and to an unknown past.

Limited world edition, 199 exemplars. ars mundi exclusive edition in fine bronze. Hand-cast using the lost wax technique, hand-polished and patinated, with artist´s and casting punch. Overall height 94 cm, Width 19 cm. Diabase base 20 x 15 x 20 cm (W/H/D). Weight 18 kg.

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Sculptor (1939-2011)

Born in Berlin in 1939, Dieter Finke took place in the early years of artistic expressiveness. From 1959 to 1965 he studied sculpture with Paul Dierkes and Renee Sintenis at the College of Fine Arts in Berlin. His creative use of materials and colour, form and space, he has since continuously extended and modified. His wood and bronze sculptures are reduced to the bare essentials. Especially in his delicate animal sculptures shape is indicated as completed, it remains a wider scope for the imagination of the viewer.

Finke lived and worked alternately in Berlin and New York. His enormous creativity was seen even before the paintings, drawings, objects and collage. So, an extensive oeuvre has arisen, which will be exhibited in famous galleries in Berlin, Hannover, Hamburg and New York. Dieter Finke died in 2011.

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.

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