Playing Horse sculpture

The Playing Horse sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Attitudes’ sculpture range. Handmade in England.


Playing Horse sculpture - Tanya Russell Sculpture

Foundry Bronze

Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze

Bronze Resin (Limited Edition 220) Price £580. 

Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition 25) Price £1,460.

(Includes VAT and excludes delivery)

Size: H:250 W:340 D:120 mm, H:10 W:13 D:5 inches


To purchase this Playing Horse sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour can vary slightly.

Materials explained

Bronze Resin
(known also as Cold Cast Bronze) is made from a polyester epoxy resin with real bronze powder mixed into the surface layer. The final product is patinated (a term that describes the reaction of chemicals with the bronze powder in the surface) to give it a very similar colour to foundry bronze.

Foundry Bronze is made from molten metal using the lost wax method. Bronze metal is a blend of copper and tin along with other metals to give different characteristics to the final product.

Both forms begin as a clay or wax sculpture, from which a mould is taken, but Foundry Bronze casting is a costly and time-consuming process. Cold Casting allows for faster production and a more affordable sculpture.

The intention behind the Playing Horse sculpture

The Playing Horse sculpture was a private commission. My mother Lorne McKean is a sculptor and I apprenticed with her for seven years. Her specialism is polo sculpture and she has long experience in sculpting horses. She is now one of the premier equestrian sculptors in the country. I admire her patient attention to expression and energy, and I drew on her practised eye when I modelled the Playing Horse sculpture for this commission.

Once I’d sculpted the Playing Horse sculpture in wax a rubber mould was taken, with ‘keys’ placed in the rubber to ensure proper positioning. Then a shell of fibreglass was applied, to protect the mould and support it during the casting process.