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Charging White Rhino
Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture
Edition of 9
Size: H15cm L30cm D17cm
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Freedom is a limited edition bronze sculpture of a charging White Rhino by Jane Shaw. In this bronze animal sculpture of a charging white rhino, I have used very distinctive tool marks, to create a rawness about the piece, a technique I have used in some other works recently. I obviously could not see the white rhino running at the Zoo, but this was key for me, as it symbolised their need for freedom – and during the process, I studied many videos of the way they moved – with so much grace and power. This white rhino is turning the corner, with agility and speed.
We all know how popular the white rhino has been in art over the years, symbolising the exotic world of Africa and beyond but in this sculpture I wanted to show the grace and flow of movement of this wild animal, something which I felt was often missed in rhino sculptures.
Now that ‘Sudan’, the world’s last male northern white rhino has died leaving only two females left to save the subspecies from extinction, I am only too acutely aware of the threats they face in the modern world, from habitat loss, from hunting and from climate change. So I set off, to Marwell Zoo in Wiltshire to try and learn a little more about these animals, spending hours drawing them, and taking many photos. I was amazed about how softly they seemed to walk….in such a gentle way, totally unaware of their vastness in humanity being the second largest mammal in the world.
Whilst this bronze animal sculpture looks very elegant on a piece of dark of furniture, creating dynamic movement in your quiet sitting room, it could be sculpted on a larger scale for the outdoors.
After completing a degree in History of Art at Manchester University, Jane spent her early career with a firm of Fine Art Valuers and Consultants travelling and living abroad before returning to London to set up and run a recruitment company, which she then sold after a decade. On moving to Dorset in 2013, she has revived her love for sculpture inspired by her life long interest in animals, and the outdoors. Jane is passionate about the portrayal of both animals and humans, and often working directly from life, focusing on movement and the overall essence of her subject. Jane continues on her own sculpture projects, producing work in both bronze and bronze resin and is now beginning to develop larger scale projects in plaster which are cast for the outdoors. In 2015 she was awarded First Prize for her sculpture of a Racing Greyhound at the Bath & West Show and then won the same award in 2016 for her sculpture of a Hare’s Head – ‘All Ears’.
Size: H:15 cm x W:17 cm