“THE PURPOSE OF MY WORK IS TO ENRICH YOUR LIFE WITH ART BY CAPTURING EVERY FACET OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE.”
In his Monterey studio, Richard MacDonald has given himself an artistic space to create. As a true visionary, he has synthesized modernist principles with the timeless human desire to create imaginative metaphors of the human psyche through representation of the body. Whether as a public monument or treasured in private collections, each bronze by Richard MacDonald is part of an enduring legacy that brings figurative sculpture into the 21st century.
The Creative Process
The artist begins by creating an immediate clay “sketch” of a live model. Working spontaneously and with great energy, a small quarter life-size “maquette” or “model” is formed. The piece can now be considered in 3D, turned, viewed from different angles, and imagined in a vast public space towering over visitors.
Embarking on an intensive journey that may last years, MacDonald recreates the sculptural maquette in a series of increasing sizes, from half life to life-size and beyond. As the size of the work increases, the strength and passion of the initial study becomes intensified. Technical and engineering challenges are met, all while preserving the artistic integrity of the initial piece.
Once complete, the clay maquette begins the famously painstaking Lost Wax method, becoming a wax figure, then a bronze sculpture with a unique patina, before being sent to distinguished collectors around the world.