The Sitting Cat sculpture by Tanya Russell, MRBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Affection’ sculpture range. Handmade in England.
Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze
Bronze Resin (Limited Edition 25) Price £590.
Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition 25) Price £1,860.
(Includes VAT and excludes delivery)
Size: H:380 W:220 D:170 mm, H:15 W:9 D:7 inches
To purchase this Sitting Cat sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour can vary slightly.
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 Sitting Cat sculpture
The Sitting Cat sculpture was commissioned of Dan Dan, and joins his companion Jack, my standing cat sculpture. I feel very flattered to have been asked to sculpt Dan Dan after that first commission, and I worked to represent him in a poised, individual way. In some ways, cats are very challenging to sculpt. Their musculature is often hidden by their slinky fur, and choosing an ‘at rest’ pose that gave Dan Dan definition, interest and elegance in the wax certainly tested me!
When I model animals I try where possible to find examples from life, but where I can I also use many photos – often hundreds – showing the animal (and other animals of the breed or species). This helps me sculpt their anatomical features, the way that their hair or fur lies over their muscles, and their different poses and attitudes.