Gerard McCabe

Gerard McCabe is a self taught artist, working in the sculptural medium, predominantly bronze cast by the ‘lost wax’ (cire perdue) method. This is a multi stage process, beginning with modelling from sketches, to moulds for casting, finishing and fettling work on the cast bronze, and culminating in ‘patination’ (colouring) of the finished piece. All stages including the casting (foundry work), are carried out by the artist himself. The subjects include realist life interpretations of the human form, animal studies, and forms inspired by landscape.

Feathers / Flora

It has long been my observation that one of the great privileges of living in New Zealand, is the sheer diversity, and beauty of our landscape. And its crowning glory is the birdlife that inhabits it. As the acclaimed author, and avowed bird lover, Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) has observed ‘birds are always among us..but not of us’ They are a backdrop to our daily existence, separate, but ever present.

From the lonely cry of a Morepork (Ruru) in the night, to the chatter of sparrows, the melodic warbling of tuis at dawn, the day song of myriad birds, to the rising cacophony at close of day, it is a musical reminder that all is right with the world.

In times of increasing ecological stress, birds become even more important, as they are our last, and best connection to a natural world that is otherwise receding.

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