Artist: Richard MacDonald
Title: Chroma II Bronze 1/8 Life Sculpture
Size: H 24" x 8" Base
Condition: Flawless Museum quality with time apropos weathering to the bronze
Sculptor Richard MacDonald is known for his relentless fidelity to the human body, its movement, and fluidity. Considered by many to be the world’s leading living bronze figurative sculptor, he is deeply inspired by motion and the art of dance, producing pieces which are imbued with layers of beauty and meaning. As the rest of his oeuvre, the work Chroma II was done after life. This relationship with live models is an important part of his practice. Working with dancers or athletes, he sculpts his pieces on the spot through the interaction with his subjects, hyper-conscious of their emotions and their states of being. With his leg high in the air, the subject of this sculpture seems to defy gravity, almost appearing as superhuman. The artist has managed to capture every muscle detail of his subject, but also the grace and effortlessness of his movement. In this piece, artist’s immense knowledge of anatomy and physiology comes to the fore. Masterfully executed, it conveys a sense of strength, energy, and passion. The work Chroma II testifies to the artist’s remarkable ability to feel the body of his model and grasp a split second of an image or a moment in memory, not just on the outside, but the inside out.
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About Richard MacDonald
Devoted to exploring of the human form, Richard MacDonald is often regarded as the world’s leading figurative sculptor today. This ingenious aesthete has been creating bronze sculptures with a relentless enthusiasm for over thirty years. Often described as Realism, his work is a part of the neo-figurative movement and it is greatly inspired by motion and the art of dance.
Originally, Richard MacDonald was classically trained as a painter, having graduated Cum laude from the Art Center College of Design in 1971. His career began in the world of illustration, where the artist was frequently required to illustrate sporting events, including the Olympics. After a decade in illustration, he wanted to pursue another medium and his fascination with human body brought him to sculpture.
In 1983, MacDonald officially retired as an illustrator and immersed himself into a three-dimensional creative universe. His talent helped accelerate his career as a sculptor, as the artist quickly rose to international prominence. Celebrated for its dynamism, refinement and superb quality, sculptures by Richard MacDonald were greatly sought after, while numerous prestigious commissions followed. Simultaneously, he never ceased to explore the stunning physicality and aesthetics of the human body, regularly working with live models in his studio. Ballet was hardly a novel subject in art and Richard MacDonald does follow the footsteps of Degas and even Rodin. Still, the works of the contemporary sculptor are different, meticulously made and anatomically correct to the slightest detail, testifying to the artist’s unparalleled perfectionism. Still, they are not a literal translation of a dancer’s body, but a true artistic portrayal of an paradigmatic character or a scene, imbued with personal traits and a vast emotive spectrum radiating from every inch of the piece. MacDonald's statues are idealized images of harmony, with masterly balanced compositions, depicted the impossible postures and appearing to barely touch the ground.
As a renowned artist, Richard MacDonald worked with some of the most prominent dancers and performers in the world, notably with members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet, and most recently - Cirque du Soleil. A devout philanthropist, he was honored and awarded by great international organizations, including the United States Olympic Committee. In the manner and with the commitment of the greatest sculptors from the history of art, Richard MacDonald continues to create sculptures impregnated with passion and energy, celebrating the supreme qualities of both the spiritual and the material body. His works are admired by connoisseurs and aficionados alike, as some of the most coveted collectibles in the world of contemporary sculpture.
Richard MacDonald was born in Pasadena, California in 1946. He keeps a studio in Monterey, California, where he is based.