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BRONZE EDITION SCULPTURE BY UK WILDLIFE ARTIST DAVID MAYER
David creates works driven by the moment, by direct observation and a passion for his subject. Within a career spanning 35 years he has produced both wildlife and figurative studies on a commercial basis including a life-size bronze Welsh Cob commissioned for the town of Aberaeron, Wales.
His own editions in bronze are choices based upon what he is interested in at that time or reflections of recent observation and encounters.
A personal view
I am often torn between working outdoors with a sketchbook and being in the studio. The studio is where the work is completed … outside is where my work starts. I enjoy all aspects of being outside, come rain or shine and is where I am most comfortable.
My time outdoors is split between simply walking and finding my subjects or my other passion, running in the mountains and trails where there is always opportunity for that chance sighting that may be the spark for something new.
When developing a new piece it usually starts from my sketchbooks, then the creation of pinch maquette's that stand a few centimetres tall. From this point I should have some idea if a larger piece will work or not. Occasionally I dive right in and with full conviction and sculpt the new piece … the immediate response, the fresh unrehearsed approach, offering something extra to the work.
I offer no meaning for my works … they are what they are, responses to observations of animals sculpted in a long held style that comes most naturally to me. - David Mayer
2009 Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
2010 Wykeham Gallery, Hampshire, UK James Fine Art, Cheltenham, UK.
Joy Adamson Exhibition, Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucestershire, UK.
2011 Artist in residence, Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucestershire, UK.
2013 Postcard Portraits exhibition, Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucestershire, UK.
Cheng-Kim Loke Gallery, WWT Slimbridge
Hay Hill Gallery, London
Lion St Gallery, Hay on Wye
James Gallery, Cheltenham
Yapp Gallery, Monmouth
Wykeham Gallery, Hampshire
Charities and organisations
David has supported many charities with his work including, Panthera, Scottish wildcats and Sans Parks (Rhino Conservation) and most recently Remembering wildlife (bears edition).
"The two deer bronzes arrived safely today, they are magnificent. The patina is just right, more important David captured the sense of the deer wonderfully. When a sculptor really knows the animal, it's immediately evident. Few manage to get them right." Roger B. Hirschland Washington DC
"Your Leopard is now in my living room, gazing imperiously, looking quite magnificent and putting a smile on my face. I love it.. Jon Kelley, Australia
The Scottish Wildcat bronze arrived and it really is a WILDCAT……E.Rutherford .Scotland
Davids work is held in private collections around the world including, Japan, Australia, USA, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France, Luxembourg and the UK.