Gary Weisman male torso, circa 1995. Bronze, cire perdue, signed on reverse. Mounted on pedestal. Base diameter 5″ x 14 1/2″ tall.
Gary Weisman studied sculpture and drawing at Washington University, St. Louis, The Art Institute of Chicago, and received a BA from Columbia College. Further studying included 10 years of apprentice studies with sculptors Jack Kearney (Chicago), Leslie Posey (Florida, alum of PAFA class of 1921), and Evangelos Frudakis.
He has had numerous solo shows including Barry Hill Galleries, New York; Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto; Yoram Gil, Los Angeles; and Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia. Additionally he has exhibited his work in Australia, Singapore and Beijing.
Weisman is collected and commissioned both publicly and privately, in the U.S., Canada, China and the Middle East, as well as being honored at the White House for his work at the American Embassies in Bandar Seri Begawan and North Vietnam. Some of these commissions/collections include the Art Museum at University of Kentucky, Midway Airport, Chicago, City of Duluth, Union League of Chicago, Cole Collection Wadenoyen, Netherlands, Arnot Art Museum, Burroughs Pharmaceutical, Carr Corporation, D.C.; Cigna, Philadelphia; Cantonet, Dubai, UAE; Steuben Glass, NY; and the City of Philadelphia.
Lost-wax casting (also called “investment casting”, “precision casting”, or cire perdue in French) is the process by which a duplicate metal sculpture (often silver, gold, brass or bronze) is cast from an original sculpture. Dependent on the sculptor’s skills, intricate works can be achieved by this method. The oldest known examples of this technique are the objects discovered in the Cave of the Treasure (Nahal Mishmar) hoard in southern Israel, and which belong to the Chalcolithic period (4500–3500 BC). Conservative estimates of age from carbon-14 dating date the items to c. 3700 BC, making them more than 5700 years old. Though the process today varies from foundry to foundry, the steps used in casting small bronze sculptures are fairly standardized. (In modern industrial use, the process is called investment casting.) Variations of the process include: “lost mould”, which recognizes that materials other than wax can be used (such as: tallow, resin, tar, and textile); and “waste wax process” (or “waste mould casting”), because the mould is destroyed to remove the cast item. Lost-wax casting was widespread in Europe until the 18th century, when a piece-moulding process came to predominate.
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Mounted on pedestal. Base diameter 5″ x 14 1/2″ tall.