Artist Profile

Introduction

Andrew Lacey is a contemporary artist and archaeometallurgist who casts timeless bronze sculpture in his own studio-foundry, using a combination of traditional and innovative techniques. Based in rural Devon UK, he exhibits in mixed and solo shows internationally, and also specialises in creating large scale outdoor sculpture commissions. Andrew is a leading expert in ancient metals and historical casting, most notably joining a Cambridge University-led team to discover whether the Rothschild bronzes were indeed by Michelangelo. He is an engaging public speaker, published writer and experienced TV broadcaster – sharing his passion for bronze with a worldwide audience. The main areas of activity, in more detail, are as follows:

  • Art Practice & Commissions - Andrew’s sculpture stems from a figurative tradition, heavily influenced by Classical and Renaissance sculpture. He casts his own work in bronze and his manner is spontaneous, experimental and focused. Work is available in very limited editions, or unique commissions.

  • Research & Reconstruction - Consultancy in sculptural research and reconstruction analysis for museums, educational, institutions, publications and art/archaeology documentaries. Museum services include: Didactics for bronze sculpture in all periods, Replicas and reconstruction, Technical reports on bronze sculpture, X-ray and neutron scan analysis.

  • Education & Broadcasting - Andrew specialises in public speaking, lecturing and studio-based courses which have included; Contemporary Techniques of Bronze Cast Sculpture and, for curators and conservators, The Interpretation of Archaeological Relics and The Making of High Renaissance Masterpieces. Andrew is currently part of a visiting lecturer programme at Cambridge University and UCL. He has also appeared on TV documentaries including Bronze: A Forgotten Treasure, New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors and Time Team.

Education

MSc Archaeometallurgy, UCL 97-99

Chemical Science for Museum Conservation, Hammersmith and City 96-97

HND Graphic Design, Dunstable College 88-90

Diploma, Graphic Design, Ware College of Art 86-88

Exhibitions

Renaissance, Toulouse - 2018 

The Scholars Study, V&A - 2017

Stafford Gallery, London - 2017

Stafford Gallery at Wimbledon Fine Art - June 2014

White Space Art, Devon - June 2013

Tim Andrews Studio Gallery, Devon - June 2013 

Thompsons Gallery, London- February-March 2013

Bronze - Royal Academy of Arts, London - September-December 2012

Buckfast Abbey, Devon - April-Sept 2012

Stafford Gallery at Wimbledon Fine Art - June 2012

Cockington Court, Devon - October-November 2011

Tagore Festival, Dartington Hall, Devon - May 2011

Tiffney Fine Art Exhibition, Cork St, London - October 2011

McMaster Tims Contemporary Art Exhibition, Dover St, London - October 2010

Dartington Cider Press Centre 2010

McMaster Tims Contemporary Art collection 2010

Dartington Hall Gardens 2009-2010

Thompson's Marylebone 2006-2009

White Space 2007

Dartington Cider Press Centre 2004-2008

Delamore 2005-2006

Mc Hardy Coombs 2006

Museum Projects

University of Cambridge - Rothschild Bronzes - May-July 2015
Explorative experimental reconstruction to gather evidence on the facture of two bronze groups in relation to their proposed attribution to Michelangelo. A collaboration with University of Cambridge/Fitzwilliam Museum/Rijksmuseum

Columbia University, New York - 'Making and Knowing Project' - 2014-c.2017

Royal Academy of Arts, London - 'Bronze' -  September-December 2012

V&A Conference, V&A Museum, London - October 2011

Sackler Centre for Arts Education - V&A Demonstration – March 27th 2011

V&A Museum - Commissioned for several projects to produce replicas and handling objects for the new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries 2008-2009 www.vam.ac.uk

Henry Moore Institute - ‘Bronze, the power of life and death‘, Conference Nov 2005

V&A Museum - ‘The Making of Mars’, didactic and video, and ‘Renaissance Horse’ currently on display at the Gilbert Bayes Gallery. www.vam.ac.uk

Fitzwilliam Museum - Didactics of two bronze figures describing the indirect and direct methods of casting. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam - Didactic of ‘The Juggler’ after Adrian d’Vries. www.rijksmuseum.nl

American Centre for Oriental Research, Amman - Bronze Archimedes Screw after King Sennacherib’s (681-704) cunneform description. Cast in the Jordanian desert. 

Publications

Les Monnayages Cuivreux de l’Antique: Etude des Techniques de Fabrication. C.Sarthra, D.Griffths, M.F.Guerra, A.G.Lacey, P.Northover. Featured in Colloque D’Archaeometrie 99 Avec une seance thermatique: Archaeologie alpine et Archaeometrie. Lyon, France.

Neo-Assyian Textual Evidence for Bronzeworking Technologies: Kings Ashurbanipal to Sennacherib. S.Dalley, J.Oleson, A.G.Lacey. Oxford (forthcoming).

Greek Fire, RevisitedThe reconstruction of the Greek fire war ships of the Byzantine Period. J. Haldon, A. Lacey, C. Hewes

 

Lectures

V&A Museum

Cambridge University

Plymouth College of Art and Design

UCL

 

TV Documentaries

Bronze: A Forgotten Treasure – Channel News Asia. A documentary tracing the mysterious journey, from China to Singapore, of a recently discovered collection of potentially priceless bronze artefacts, believed to be from the Shang and Zhou dynasties. Andrew was asked to provide expert opinion on these stunning bronzes, from an artist’s perspective.

New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors – Channel 4. The first public presentation of some of the work led by Dr Xiuzhen Janice Li, Dr Andrew Bevan, Professor Marcos Martinón-Torres and their team, including Andrew as lead archeometallurgist, which involves a number of innovative scientific methods and unexpected results.

Machines Time Forgot – ‘The Fireship’.Contributing archaeometallurgist and engineer. Filmed in England and Turkey and Malta, for Channel 4. Broadcast July 2003.

Secrets of the Ancients - ‘The Hanging Gardens of Babylon’. Contributing archaeometallurgist and engineer. Filmed in the Jordanian desert March-April 99, for the BBC, and televised in the United Kingdom and America.

The Life of Adrian d’Vries - ‘The Hero’s Work’. Contributing archaeometallurgist and sculptor. Filmed at AMTeC, 1998 for the Rijks Museum and Netherlands TV, and televised in the Netherlands, Sweden, America and the United Kingdom.

Meet The Ancestors - ‘Death of a Maiden’ Contributing archaeometallurgist. Filmed at AMTeC. November 99. Channel 4.

Various contributions on Time Team for Channel 4 from 1999 to the present including:

Yaverland Manor Farm - Contributing archaeometallurgist.

Alveston Cave - Contributing archaeometallurist. Filmed in South Gloucestershire.

The Timber Circle Project - Contributing archaeometallurgist. Filmed in Sussex woodlands.


It’s very rare to find someone like Andrew who is an artist, a historian and an artisan for other artists and who moves, apparently seamlessly, between these areas, whilst also running a busy workshop and studio. His expertise in bronze has led to consultations for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and he has even appeared on the popular UK television series Time Team…
— Andy Christian, 'Resurgence' magazine; May 2010

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