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ANIMAL INSTINCTS – THE SCULPTURAL MASTERY OF CHRISTOPHER MARVELL

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ANIMAL INSTINCTS – THE SCULPTURAL MASTERY OF CHRISTOPHER MARVELL

Somehow, his animals do not contain individual character, but rather they suggest the character of their species as distilled through human convention and consciousness.

The solid, substantial, patinated human and animal subjects that constitute the larger part of Christopher Marvell’s output manage to achieve an irresistible balance between humour and pathos, ugliness and beauty, strength and weakness, past and present, and art and craft. Bringing to mind elements of the works of Marini, Giacometti, Miro and Moore, Christopher Marvell’s broadly representational sculpture is often charmingly quirky without ever being diminished by its idiosyncrasy.

  

Above, left: BARBARA (HEPWORTH) Pencil - collage - acrylic (2019). Framed 52 x 43cm £395.
Above, middle: TORTOISE. Bronze. Gold leaf on base. Edition VII/VII. 25 x 36cm £3,000.
Above, right: ROUND WINGED FLAT BIRD. Bronze. Edition VII. 25 x 36cm £3,850  

 

Above, left: OWL IN THE WOODS. Pencil - collage - acrylic (2019). Framed 53 x 45cm £395.
Above, middle: RIDER. Pencil - collage - acrylic Oil pastel (2019). Framed 65 x 55 cm £395
Above, right: LYING WOMAN. Bronze. Edition AP. 29 x 32 x 55cm  £5,750