Australian Contemporary Art
Gannon House Gallery carries sculptural work in bronze by artists Eddie Wentorf and Chris Gavins. Eddie Wentorf and Chris Gavis both employ the lost wax method of Casting.
To produce a sculpture using the “Lost Wax” casting method takes considerable time and effort which is not fully appreciated just looking at the finished article. An original is made from which a mold is taken. From this mold a wax pattern is produced. The pattern is then coated in ceramic, which, after it has dried, is shock burnt out at 1000 degrees celsius. The wax is lost and a shell remains. Into this shell molten metal is poured. After cooling, the ceramic shell is smashed to reveal the sculpture now cast in bronze. (This method ensures the originality of each piece. The bronze is then finished using techniques which include sandblasting, chasing, patinaing and polishing. In all, over 20 separate operations are used to produce an original work of art in bronze
Wentorf’s bronze feature realistic representations of native Australian fauna and his large pieces are limited editions of 50.
Gannon House also exhibits work by Mike Kolbe, an artist who creates beautiful sculptures out of found objects and old tools.
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