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British wildlife sculptor Hamish Mackie has had the privilege of observing wildlife in many corners of the world at first hand.
Observing animals in their own environment, in their natural habitat, is essential to understanding the subject’s physical and instinctive traits. For example, "the disposition of a captive predator is very different from that of a predator the wild,” he says.
This close observation, often involving intense research trips and sculpting from life in the field, informs Hamish’s whole approach to his work, which resonates with his passion for the natural world.
His bronze wildlife sculptures capture instinctive moments of animal behaviour but are his own interpretation, not merely photographic representations. Hamish manages to convey the inner core, strength and grace of his subject.
Largely self-taught, his style is unique – he frequently works in spontaneous, often unrepeatable, fluid gestures with a confidence born from many years of mastering his craft. This assertive handling of his materials, coupled with an acute understanding of anatomy, results in strong, dynamic, ‘living’ sculptures.
"You should be able to look wildlife sculpture in the eye and see life."