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- Artist Bio
Titles can be very misleading and point in an unwanted direction. My sculptures are open so that the viewer can make their own connection. However, an ambiguous title may provide a handle which can be used to enter the work and it certainly helps identification – after all who could remember the difference between Untitled 53 and Untitled 64?
Titles may seem enigmatic but are selected with great care to be appropriate to each sculpture.
With a background in architecture, interior and furniture design Philip Hearsey is a self-taught sculptor and specialises in sandcasting to make pieces which engage the quality of bronze as a noble material in its own right. Sculptures are intimate in scale and intended for the interiors of home, office or hotel.
Casting in sand moulds is a simple and ancient method far removed from the sophisticated lost wax operation used by most art foundries. The sand-casting process is relentless and unforgiving – the foundry is no place for a delicate original. It denies a complexity of form that imposes a disciplinary and enriching simplicity.
He cuts, carves, grinds or welds the cast bronze to create unique forms before invariably exposing the natural bronze or oxidising to produce the unique surface finishes that have always been an essential dimension of his work.
Bronze is eternal – yet malleable. He loves the stuff. In its natural state the tone and depth of colour is sublimely beautiful, yet the surface is endlessly receptive to the transformative effects of alchemy and oxidisation
He lives and work on the Welsh borders of Herefordshire – a beautiful place, still remote and largely unaltered, landlocked and very slow in change. This is in sharp contrast to the coast that he also loves where everything changes with the rise and fall of every tide.
What is in his head when he creates the work is deeply personal but it matters equally that the sculptures engage others to connect with the deep-rooted and instinctive appreciation of simple, universal forms that underpin his inspiration.
Size: H:34 cm x W:17 cm