Welcome to my fine art website.
The Early Photographic Years.
My formal introduction to art started in 1979 when I enrolled at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town.
South Africa was undergoing a painful change, struggling to escape from the shackles of apartheid which were threatening to destroy its infant democracy.
As the country battled to come to terms with this, I found myself, as a young photographer, overwhelmed with conflicting images of natural beauty, human suffering, violence, hope and despair. Despite all the chaos which seemed to surround me, I was able, over the years, to create a portfolio of fine art photographs which did finally reflect a nations dream to be free.
There was a natural tendency to gravitate towards creating metal sculptures, born from my earlier engineering experiences and relationship with my family roots in the South African gold mining industry on the Witwatersrand.
My welding skills developed initially from creating simple functional art forms using soft, mild steel into the more complex stainless sculptures with the Tungsten Inert Gas or TIG process.
A considerable amount of time and energy is expended in creating one of these sculptures as the material is extremely hard and unyielding. The recent concept of having the originals cast into a limited edition of bronzes has produced an entirely new range. The raw energy of the welding process creates abstract textures in the metal which is further enriched in the bronze castings with the addition of subtle colour tones in the final patina. More information on my sculptures is found on my blog site under the pages Technical Info. My Sculptures
My inspiration and ideas are drawn directly from frequent excursions into the Southern African bushveld and other remote wilderness areas. This provides an opportunity to reflect, observe and record.
Although my sculptures are a personal interpretation and to a certain extent represent objects of beauty, I hope the underlying metaphor will illuminate the desperate need to conserve and protect our natural heritage areas from further extermination.
The Road Ahead.
I have recently updated this site by including some of my earlier black and white artwork, with a social documentary theme.
The stock photography section contains a portfolio of nature photos, these cover South Africa, Scotland, New Zealand and most recently my trips to Antarctica.
Please visit my blog MyFineArtPortfolio The site offers a platform for your comments on each individual post, technical aspects to my work and news articles.
My current exhibition of bronze sculptures can be viewed at Gullane Art Gallery
Click on the link Exhibitions and Publications
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Michael Davies Portfolios