Barry Davies RCA

Anatomical Studies of Natural History in Bronze Sculpture

Critique
International Confederation of Art Critics

Figurative bronze sculptures depicting subject matter from Palaeontology, Anthropology and Natural History with an anatomically precise and thoroughly researched approach, supported by mathematical applications and my artistic interpretation.

Anatomical sculpture - bronze lion
Bronze anatomical study of a lion

“Barry Davies, a sculptor able to state the strength of a regal animal as the lion – a spectacular triumph of elegant details and an intrinsic dynamism are the main features of this artwork, homage not only to the world of art, but to the world of nature and its creatures”

Salvatore Russo – Art critic and curator
EA Editore

‘Contemporaries at Uffizi’,
Uffizi Gallery,
Florence.

Perseus and fame proclaiming the birth of Pegasus’ maquette
Perseus and fame proclaiming the birth of Pegasus’ maquette

Barry Davies – Artist Statement

“My concept is to capture a moment of heightened emotion and thought depicted through contrapposto and an active use of space.

The sculptures I create must convey a boldness and dynamic physical presence combined with a sense of movement and elegance. My passion for studying human and animal anatomy has allowed me to portray an emotional almost electrifying event through the muscular tensions within a body or a piercing glare in response to surprise.

When proportioning my work at the design stage I consistently use Phidias’, Golden Ratio 1:1.618 and the Fibonacci sequence, two discoveries from the ancient world and early renaissance respectively found to be prevalent in nature. If natural history has provided the sculptor with species to depict where within them mathematics exists as an integral part of their form then I believe it’s for the sculptor to identify and understand this and calculate it in his work. Only with this approach will the sculptor achieve an accurate depiction.

The other sciences I’m passionate about are Palaeontology and Evolutionary Anthropology both of which offer a plethora of subject matter for my sculpture allowing me to bridge the gap between science and art at the same time offering me limitless artistic expression.”