A Heroic, Figurative, Torso Study of the Greek God, Apollo
When I was asked if I would accept a commission to sculpt a classically inspired, monumental human torso I jumped at the chance! I first sculpted this 1/4 scale maquette in wax, to work out the pose and anatomy before launching into the full-size clay sculpture. Using a live model, supplemented with hundreds of reference photos and measurements, I chose a classic warrior pose, sword arm raised, arching skywards, with a powerful twist to the body, to accentuate his powerful musculature. I was so pleased with the wax maquette that I decided to cast it into bronze as well as the finished monumental torso.
I thoroughly enjoyed sculpting Apollo, so much so, that it only seemed right that I should also sculpt his sister, Artemis, as a matching, classically inspired, female torso, in mirror image of her brother, again sculpting a maquette first.
Apollo and Artemis, either as 1/4 scale maquettes, or life-size at well over six feet high, make an imposing pair!