The three cedars above are cast in bronze. Each tree weighs 18lbs. The canopy moves freely and balances on the trunk. (See video below.)
The three cedars above are cast in bronze. Each tree weighs 18lbs.
The canopy moves freely and balances on the trunk. (See video below.)

My art in 3D. I often describe my painted forms as structural...18 pounds. #bronze #balance #foundry

Posted by Ross Penhall on Sunday, December 4, 2016

SCULPTURE ― MY ART IN 3D

I have often used the term “sculpture” when describing my paintings. I always wondered how my work might transform from a two-dimensional painting to a 3D sculpture. There is a stillness in my paintings that I did not envision in a sculpture. I’m not exactly sure where the idea of an interactive piece came from but in nature there is a balance and I wanted the sculpture to echo that; as well it invites the viewer to be involved physically with the piece.

Bronze seemed like a natural material to use. It’s history and weight are significant. My artist friend Michael Abraham helped me to source the wax clay material from which the mold would be made.

I enjoyed the sculpting process. I have a long history with copper plate etching and I found sculpting and etching to be similar; both required almost the same tools and both got me out of my painting studio. The process caused me to think differently and work collaboratively; one with the master printmaker and the other with the foundry.

I can see the next sculpture in my mind. Finding a new material to match my vision will be the fun part.

Ross Penhall Artist Vancouver BC Sculpture