Artist: Richard MacDonald
Title: The Flutist
Medium: Bronze Sculpture
Size: 22" high
Inscription: Signed and numbered
Documentation: Includes a Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Richard MacDonald's bronze sculpture, "The Flutist", transcends the boundaries of traditional artistry, standing as a sublime embodiment of both technical mastery and emotive storytelling. Standing at a majestic 22" high and part of a limited edition of 175, this piece captures the essence of musical expression through the delicate art of flute playing.
The Flutist's bronze form exudes a captivating sense of fluidity and grace, as MacDonald skillfully sculpts the musician in a moment of harmony with their instrument. The meticulous detailing of the figure's anatomy showcase MacDonald's unparalleled precision and dedication to capturing the beauty and movement of the human form.
Mounted on a sleek black marble base, the sculpture not only elevates the visual impact but also symbolizes the union of classical artistry and contemporary elegance. "The Flutist" invites viewers into a world where music and sculpture harmonize, creating a timeless narrative that resonates with the universal language of melody and form.
"The Flutist" is signed and numbered and includes a gallery certificate from Modern Artifact.
About Richard MacDonald
Richard MacDonald, an eminent figure in the realm of figurative sculpture, occupies a prominent position in the contemporary art scene as a visionary explorer of the human form. Over a span of more than three decades, MacDonald has dedicated himself with unwavering passion to crafting a body of work that stands as a testament to his genius and unwavering commitment. Grounded in Realism and aligned with the neo-figurative movement, his creations draw inspiration from the eloquence of motion and the expressive language of dance.
Initially trained as a painter, MacDonald graduated Cum laude from the Art Center College of Design in 1971, embarking on a career in illustration. His early focus on sporting events, including the Olympics, laid the foundation for a transformative shift in his artistic journey. Motivated by a deep fascination with the human body, MacDonald made the pivotal transition to sculpture in 1983, marking the official retirement from his illustrious career as an illustrator.
Delving into the three-dimensional realm, MacDonald's sculptural prowess swiftly garnered him international acclaim. Celebrated for the dynamism, refinement, and exceptional quality of his creations, MacDonald's sculptures became highly sought after, attracting numerous prestigious commissions. Concurrently, his exploration of the physicality and aesthetics of the human body persisted, with live models regularly gracing his studio.
While the theme of ballet is a familiar one in art, MacDonald's approach diverges from convention, aligning with the precision of Degas and the expressive grace of Rodin. Meticulously crafted and anatomically accurate, MacDonald's sculptures transcend literal representations, offering artistic portrayals of paradigmatic characters and scenes imbued with personal traits and a vast emotive spectrum. His statues emerge as idealized harmonies, featuring masterfully balanced compositions and capturing seemingly impossible postures that defy gravity.
Collaborating with world-renowned dancers and performers from institutions such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet, and, most recently, Cirque du Soleil, MacDonald's artistic impact extends far beyond the confines of his studio. A devoted philanthropist, he has earned recognition and awards from esteemed international organizations, including the United States Olympic Committee.
In the tradition of history's greatest sculptors, Richard MacDonald continues to infuse his sculptures with passion and energy. Celebrating the sublime qualities of both the spiritual and material body, his works are revered by connoisseurs and aficionados, standing as coveted collectibles in the contemporary sculpture landscape. Born in 1946 in Pasadena, California, MacDonald maintains his studio in Monterey, California, where his artistry continues to evolve, captivating audiences worldwide.