Leopard Portrait sculpture


The Leopard Portrait sculpture by Tanya Russell, MRBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Attitudes’ sculpture range. Handmade in England.

Leopard Portrait sculpture

Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze

Limited Edition 25 – Bronze Resin Leopard Portrait sculpture £940. 

Limited Edition 25 – Foundry Leopard Portrait sculpture £4,020.

(Includes VAT and excludes delivery)

Size: H:400 W:450 D:280 mm, H:16 W:18 D:11 inches

To purchase this Leopard Portrait 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 Leopard Portrait sculpture

I’ve been performing commissions for many years, and occasionally I have an opportunity to sculpt something entirely for myself. I’d previously modelled a leaping leopard and had loved researching these beautiful predators. I wanted to model a portrait only, to capture the stunning lines of the animal neck and head, and to develop my personal artistic style. I particularly pushed the darks and rough unexpected planes, to create marks that were unnatural, yet appropriate.

In this case, I researched lots of source material, working from lots of photographs of leopards in a variety of poses and modelling it in clay. I very much hope that one day I’ll be able to travel and visit these wonderful animals in the wild.

Once I’d sculpted the leopard portrait sculpture 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.