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A Harris Hawk
Limited Edition Bronze Resin Sculpture
Edition of 25
Size: H 23cm L 36cm W 16cm
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Watching You, is limited edition bronze resin sculpture of a Harris Hawk Bird of Prey by Jane Shaw.
The power, and elegance of this bird of prey intrigued me. After studying, and drawing Harris Hawks, and taking many photographs, I sculpted this bronze sculpture from life, as the bird came from a near-by Dorset falconry centre for birds of prey. Whilst everything about the bird, conjured up a feeling of fear and menacing – the bird also displayed a very gentle sentimental side to her – I noticed that whenever her ‘handler’ walked away – she became flustered and on edge. Even birds have emotions! This bronze resin sculpture is showing the Harris Hawk, having just captured her prey, and the bird is watching you with intent before she sets off. I have exaggerated the length of her body and feathers to increase the sharpness and power of possession.
I sculpted it in wax, to be cast in bronze as an edition of 9 and bronze resin as a limited edition or 25. As an almost life-size bronze sculpture, it would be best shown, where you can walk all around it.
The Harris Hawk was named by John Audubon, a famous nineteenth century naturalist, named after his friend and fellow naturalist Edward Harris and although this bird of prey is called a ‘hawk’ it is not actually part of the hawk family, but more closely related to the buzzard family.
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:23 cm x W:16 cm