Andrew Lacey is an artist and independent scholar who single-handedly creates captivating, timeless bronze sculptures and innovative artworks from his studio-foundry in rural Devon. His visionary approach and technical veracity ensure his status as one of the most exciting sculptors working in the UK today.
Unlike other sculptors, Andrew’s particular approach to making involves a rigorous and constantly evolving investigation of the intrinsic nature of bronze, which is heavily influenced by ongoing academic, scientific, historic and archaeological study. This fascination with materials, combined with the capacity to cast his own work – and therefore to creatively intercept the process at any stage – affords him an artistic manner which is spontaneous, experimental and highly focused.
Many years spent intensively researching the Old Masters has given Andrew a unique and richly-layered expertise which flows throughout his practice. Bold, hand-hewn sculptures in plaster and expertly cast bronzes are synonymous with his output: each compelling form bridges the ethereal and physical worlds, exploring "the edges of perception" in order to connect with audiences on a deep emotional level.
Classical mythology, poetry and folklore also inform Andrew's practice, and his sculptures act as tributes to these resonant moments. Equine profiles, human torsos and out-stretched wings are important physical reference points and recurring motifs. Yet within each familiar form areas are often left incomplete: a clever technique, which allows space for the eye – and the imagination – to interpret the rest.
However, whilst Andrew’s scholarly interests and experience of handling ancient bronzes connect him deeply with the art of the past, his practice is distinctly contemporary: there is a daring confidence with the materials, alongside an engaging 'presence' to the work, which makes Lacey’s sculptural forms relevant in any context. With a host of publications, unique exhibitions, events and creative collaborations planned for 2018, Andrew Lacey is helping to re-ignite a vibrant new interest in bronze sculpture today...
For further insight into Andrew’s fascinating process, please enjoy watching the wonderful studio films, which have been created by fellow artist Siân Lewis, to accompany selected featured recent works:
"My artistic career to date has followed two strong but parallel paths: that of an artist specialising in the creation of my own bronze sculpture; the other as an independent scholar studying the analysis, facture and reconstruction of ancient and historical bronzes...
As an artist, I've chiefly focused on the figurative traditions; producing both human and equestrian forms, often fragmentary in nature, spontaneous, experimental and highly focused. The figures are not meant as a literal representation of the form, but instead as a way of searching for the underlying poetics or energy of a subject".
"Lacey is a modern-day Leonardo: a universal artist, who is talented and experienced enough to single-handedly realise complex bronze sculpture projects, from conception to completion...
With an obsession for equine form, Lacey is able to capture the unique energy, intelligence and graceful beauty of horses in his sketches; translating the brilliantly and daringly worked surfaces of his plaster models into the permanent material of bronze. Lacey's sculptures really have to be seen to be believed, having a dramatic presence which can only be truly appreciated through close inspection and physical touch".
Dr Victoria Avery FSA
Keeper, Applied Arts
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
"Andrew Lacey has an exceptional ability to imbue his subjects with vitality and vigour. His fingers mark surfaces as if they were hot-wired to his eyes...
He makes visible that which we have not seen and is able to imply a complete figure from a fragment. He bridges the gap between the ancient sculptures which bewitch him by finding untrodden paths for his own new work. Restless and inquisitive, generous and luminous; he is informed by the alchemy of remote ages and readily accepts the challenges of ‘greening’ the processes of responsible casting of bronze in a carbon conscious world. Exceptionally he is both the artist and the master of hot bronze; a rare fusion of vision and technical veracity".
More About The Artist
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