A delightful modern bronze group of an elephant calf following its mother with its trunk holding on to her tail with excellent naturalistic patinaed colour and very fine hand finished surface detail, signed S J Winterburn inscribed 4/8
Height: 31 cm
Width: 67 cm
Materials: Bronze & Marble
Foundry: Winterburn Foundry, Hull
Steve Winterburn (born 1959, Coventry) is a self-taught artist whose creative development has been fuelled by his conviction, immense energy and curiosity. Possessing an innate comprehension of engineering and design enables him to explore his passion for challenge and experimentation.
Steve Winterburn began teaching himself to sculpt in 1994. With the progression of his sculpting an ambition emerged to personally shape each piece of his work from concept to completion. He had entrusted the casting of his earlier bronzes to the established foundries. But the delays in delivering his work became frustrating and he was disillusioned by the changes that resulted from not handling the finishing stages himself.
In 2002 Steve moved to Yorkshire, in the north of England, and began converting the vast workshop next to his house in to the current 9 room studio & foundry. It was here he started to experiment in order to gain an understanding of the entire process that is traditionally a closely guarded secret handed down between foundry men. The challenges included mastering mould making skills and the lost wax impression of the moulds from which a one off ceramic mould is made ready for the bronze pouring. Expanding his expertise with chasing the bronze, his ability to hand work the malleable surface and with the patina (colours). These stages are normally undertaken by a succession of different people, each skilled in their particular phase of the evolving sculpture. Involvement with a diversity of initiatives has taken Steve to India, Peru, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Australia and Ethiopia, sculpting people and animals.
Steve Winterburn has regularly exhibited with Hickmet Fine Arts at the internationally acclaimed LAPADA Fine Art and Antiques Fairs ( the highly prestigious UK Antiques Federation) and twice with The Wildlife Arts Society at the Westminster Gallery where in 1998 he won the award for best 3 dimensional piece. He has exhibited twice at the Royal Academy in London.
Projects include developing designs for two statues, that are huge public pieces of art commemorating the rugby league players Clive Sullivan and Peter “Flash” Flanagan, and a recently completed figurative piece to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and for young boxers to have brain scans - this may extend to a further commission to produce a life size sculpture. He has been invited to Buckingham Palace to do a portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh. He has completed a life size bust of Jim Cronin and Charlie the Chimp. Jim Cronin was one of the Founders of Monkey World – The Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, UK. In 2009 Steve Winterburn started working on the Welsh Dragon Project, which will be an 80 foot dragon to be situated in Wrexham, North Wales. Planning for this was granted in March 2011. In February 2010 he had a very successful exhibition in Barbados which sold out. Steve Winterburn was awarded a commission at Wembley Stadium of 5 Rugby League players which was unveiled at the 2014 Challenge Cup Final. He is also working on projects with Carrs of Sheffield and selling his work at Harrods.
A selection of the artist's sculptures may be viewed at: Steve Winterburn