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Michael Talbot is a British sculptor, born in Staffordshire in the north of England
in1959. After completing a BA honours degree in Sculpture, he gained a scholarship
to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for post graduate study in 1980, winning
the coveted Landseer prize in 1983. He studied further at The Sir Henry Doulton
Sculpture School under Colin Melbourne ARCA and Dame Elizabeth Frink RA.
Michael was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1997
and was elected a member of the National Sculpture Society (USA) in 2012.
The inspiration for Talbot`s work has always been the human form and its dramatic
poetry. It is this, together with his exquisite skills that make his work so
individual, intricate and beautiful.
Talbot creates the original clay sculpture which he then casts into bronze, uniquely
finishing and patinating each sculpture. This process is wholly under his control
allowing him to enhance and refine the final image. The wonder and fascination
of sculpture is its ability to be a solid form that can be seen, touched and walked
around and yet remain an object of pure spirit.
 “Sculpture for me, is essentially a theatrical construction, an attempt to
show and illuminate a chosen moment in time. I draw my creative inspiration
from theatre, myth, dance and illusion. The inspiration for the Briseis
and Ariadne sculptures were taken from plumes of water in a night-lit
fountain which, with the distortion of the mind’s eye, figures appeared
in the tumbling crest of a column of liquid energy. This, I have tried to
capture in bronze, through the lost wax process, a technique from Ancient
Greece, to render a timeless human narrative from the Myth of Greece. I
like to give my sculptures choreography of form, tension and balance to
lead the eye and capture a moment in time, sometimes I work with the
fragment form rather than an entire figure (like Harlequin and Primrose
Path). This is a favourite artistic device often inspired by shadows of the
model on the studio wall - because less is sometimes more.”
Michael Talbot is a British sculptor, born in Staffordshire in the north of England
in1959. After completing a BA honours degree in Sculpture, he gained a scholarship
to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for post graduate study in 1980, winning
the coveted Landseer prize in 1983. He studied further at The Sir Henry Doulton
Sculpture School under Colin Melbourne ARCA and Dame Elizabeth Frink RA.
Michael was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1997
and was elected a member of the National Sculpture Society (USA) in 2012.
The inspiration for Talbot`s work has always been the human form and its dramatic
poetry. It is this, together with his exquisite skills that make his work so
individual, intricate and beautiful.
Talbot creates the original clay sculpture which he then casts into bronze, uniquely
finishing and patinating each sculpture. This process is wholly under his control
allowing him to enhance and refine the final image. The wonder and fascination
of sculpture is its ability to be a solid form that can be seen, touched and walked
around and yet remain an object of pure spirit.
 “Sculpture for me, is essentially a theatrical construction, an attempt to
show and illuminate a chosen moment in time. I draw my creative inspiration
from theatre, myth, dance and illusion. The inspiration for the Briseis
and Ariadne sculptures were taken from plumes of water in a night-lit
fountain which, with the distortion of the mind’s eye, figures appeared
in the tumbling crest of a column of liquid energy. This, I have tried to
capture in bronze, through the lost wax process, a technique from Ancient
Greece, to render a timeless human narrative from the Myth of Greece. I
like to give my sculptures choreography of form, tension and balance to
lead the eye and capture a moment in time, sometimes I work with the
fragment form rather than an entire figure (like Harlequin and Primrose
Path). This is a favourite artistic device often inspired by shadows of the
model on the studio wall - because less is sometimes more.”
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HARLEQUIN Sculpture

Michael James Talbot

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Sculpture, Bronze on Bronze

Size: 9.4 W x 25.6 H x 9.4 D in

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Michael Talbot is a British sculptor, born in Staffordshire in the north of England in1959. After completing a BA honours degree in Sculpture, he gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for post graduate study in 1980, winning the coveted Landseer prize in 1983. He studied further at The Sir Henry Doulton Sculpture School under Colin Melbourne ARCA and Dame Elizabeth Frink RA. Michael was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1997 and was elected a member of the National Sculpture Society (USA) in 2012. The inspiration for Talbot`s work has always been the human form and its dramatic poetry. It is this, together with his exquisite skills that make his work so individual, intricate and beautiful. Talbot creates the original clay sculpture which he then casts into bronze, uniquely finishing and patinating each sculpture. This process is wholly under his control allowing him to enhance and refine the final image. The wonder and fascination of sculpture is its ability to be a solid form that can be seen, touched and walked around and yet remain an object of pure spirit. “Sculpture for me, is essentially a theatrical construction, an attempt to show and illuminate a chosen moment in time. I draw my creative inspiration from theatre, myth, dance and illusion. The inspiration for the Briseis and Ariadne sculptures were taken from plumes of water in a night-lit fountain which, with the distortion of the mind’s eye, figures appeared in the tumbling crest of a column of liquid energy. This, I have tried to capture in bronze, through the lost wax process, a technique from Ancient Greece, to render a timeless human narrative from the Myth of Greece. I like to give my sculptures choreography of form, tension and balance to lead the eye and capture a moment in time, sometimes I work with the fragment form rather than an entire figure (like Harlequin and Primrose Path). This is a favourite artistic device often inspired by shadows of the model on the studio wall - because less is sometimes more.”

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Sculpture:Bronze on Bronze

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Size:9.4 W x 25.6 H x 9.4 D in

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Michael James Talbot is one of the leading figurative sculptors of our time, creating beautiful, evocative works of art that captivate and inspire. He says "The human form gives me an endless source of inspiration. The subtlest of movements and expressions can be captured in the sculpture to portray a myriad of emotions and convey tension, drama, fluidity and grace. No other subject has this richness of emotional and spiritual content or the capacity to convey such a broad and interesting narrative.

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