Andrew Lacey is an artist, archaeometallurgist 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.
Andrew’s particular approach to making involves a rigorous and constantly evolving investigation of the intrinsic nature of bronze, which has been influenced by ongoing academic, scientific, historic and archaeological study. This fascination with materials, combined with the capacity to cast everything personally – and therefore to intercept the creative process at any stage – affords him an artistic manner which is spontaneous, experimental and highly focused.
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 not only celebrates the physical world which surrounds us but also reveals an ethereal world, created by poetic imagination – powerfully connecting the viewer to both.
Classical mythology, ancient philosophy and folklore also inform the work, and Andrew's sculptures are tributes to these resonant moments; equine profiles, mythical creatures, human torsos and out-stretched wings are important, recurring motifs throughout. However, within each familiar form, large areas are often left incomplete: a daring and distinctly contemporary technique, which allows space for the eye – and, of course, the imagination – to interpret the rest.
With a host of publications, unique exhibitions, lecturing events and creative collaborations, Andrew Lacey is helping to re-ignite a vibrant new interest in bronze sculpture today. For further insight into his fascinating practice, please enjoy watching the wonderful studio films, created by artist Siân Lewis, which accompany selected recent works ‘Guardian’, ‘Chiron' and 'Megalith, Still - Revisited':
"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".
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