Going for Bronze

In 2006 Annie Tempest began developing her skills as a sculptor, initially under the tuition of Ron Spriggs, Life Sculpting Tutor at Wensum Lodge, Norwich. His traditional atelier methods focused her attention on human anatomy, the silhouette and negative space and this, combined with her line drawing expertise, is evident throughout her work in the flow and artistic licence used in the anatomical rhythms.

The emotional roller coaster of Annie’s life over these years from divorce to the loss of her only son has imbued her work with a powerful sense of rawness. Each piece holds its own intensity portraying extreme anguish to the heights of hope felt in one of her largest pieces ‘Pursuit of light.’

A chance meeting with Wayne McKinney through The Open Studios 2010 programme in Norfolk put her in touch with someone who not only had the expertise but also the enthusiasm to see her ideas realised. A teacher of bronze casting for over 15 years, he rose to every challenge that Annie threw at him. He introduced her to James Spedding who runs the forge at Holkham Hall – 2011 winner of the Team Section of the World Forging Championships held in Scia, Italy – who creates the spirals and all the steel work for her pieces. McKinney’s Norfolk foundry oversaw every aspect of Annie’s new sculptures with meticulous attention to detail employing traditional methods and skills in mould making through the lost wax process to patination of the bronzes.

The final ingredient in any creative mix has to be its staging and presentation, particularly in this case, when Annie’s sculpture was being launched on a totally unsuspecting audience. Raymond O’Shea, who watched and encouraged her move into this new medium, decided that the time had come to raise the curtain on her inaugural sculpture show ‘PLAY AS CAST’ at The O’Shea Gallery, London in April 2012.

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