Amazing Bronze Sculptures by Hungarian Artist Gabrielle Horvath
We’re often so used to the idea that sculptures are always chiseled down from whatever material the artist is used to. Recently I encountered the works of Gabrielle M. Horvath, and saw how astonishing other sculpture methods are – she uses metals like aluminum and mainly bronze for her larger-than-life creations.
One of the pieces she has that stood out to me is “Sheba” the Africant Elephant she did in 2010. This piece in particular gives new meaning to the phrase “the elephant in the room” – in fact, one of the headlines for one of her feature articles was “Tusk, Tusk, This Elephant is Hard to Ignore.”
Gabrielle’s cast elephant is so intricate, it involved plaster bandage casting an actual live elephant first. She then went through her own elaborate sculpture casting process she calls “lifecasting,” involving multi-layered bronze as poured by the artist.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at her process:
Gabrielle’s work has been showcased all over Toronto, Canada, where she is now based. She was originally from Hungary, and has sinced worked and lived all over Canada and here in the States as well. She lived in New York for some time, even having created a private commission of Jake LaMotta, who was so impressed with her work that he referred her to other boxing greats such as Archie Moore, Ken Norton, and George Chuvalo.
You can check out Gabrielle’s other “bronze paintings” on her website.
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