Stephen Page studied sculpture at Southampton and now lives with his family in rural Mid Wales where he specialises in sculpting minimalist animal forms in bronze through the lost wax process.
There is a stillness and solidity to these iconic sculptures which employ subtle curves, rounded forms and sweeping lines to create a gentle movement and grace. The sculptures aim to capture the essence of the creature; excess information is stripped away and the shapes are honed down and simplified creating a pure smooth skin in order to observe the form with the utmost clarity. This simplicity gives the work a timelessness and permanence.
Much of the work is inspired by the art of prehistory and evolve from Stephen’s sketches and drawings before being carved from a dense-foam sculpting material, these patterns are then coated and smoothed back to create the simple and beautiful animal forms that will be replicated in bronze. The castings are sanded back to a fine finish before patinating the surface which is achieved by heating with a blowtorch and applying layers of chemicals with brushes. some are saturated with a single bold primary colour giving a fresh contemporary feel, while others recreate the translucence of polished marble or granite adding extra weight to the mass of the bronze.
“Simplicity is not an end in art, but we usually arrive at simplicity as we approach the true sense of things.”– Brancusi
Stephen has exhibited extensively throughout the UK in Galleries and art fairs and his work is in collections in the UK and USA.