'Morning," 16 X 16 inches, metal and mixed media
To continue carrying on the art conversation that never stops, UK painter Jonathan Sainsbury called up his friend in Scotland, Sam MacDonald, who works as a wildlife sculptor known for his stunning contemporary portrayals of fish. MacDonald’s sensitive feel for his subjects flows directly from the insights he has gleaned from being an ardent angler and naturalist. MacDonald is currently featured in a three-man exhibition (including painter Ewoud DeGroot and Henry Bismuth) at Visions West Gallery in Bozeman, Montana. The show runs from June 8 through July 11, 2012.
MacDonald's work is avidly collected in America and adorns the second homes of many art collectors in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho who spend their summers in the northern Rockies chasing trout. Nikki Todd, owner of Visions West Gallery, says the works by MacDonald now on display are his strongest yet.
MacDonald grew up at Lewis and lived on the rugged Orkney isles of Scotland pursuing his love of fishing and the outdoors. “Observing and catching the fish enables me to study and contemplate the sculptural form of a fish, from the glint of the scales to the structure of the skeletal remains on the plate,” he says.
He adds that he enjoys presenting some subjects as if they were fossil specimens, suddenly revealed in a rock that has been split open. As he explains, his sculpture, mimicking that effect, conveys not only the physical features of the fish but...
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Post Date:December 20th, 2010
'UK painter Jonathan Sainsbury asks his friend Sam MacDonald about his passion for sculpting fish and living in the north lands.