“All works of art are a transformation of basic materials into something which has meaning. Each mesh sculpture is an entity which has a far greater physical presence than any solid object could possibly have, because it has the power to suggest that it doesn’t exist.”
BA (hons), HDFA Slade, MRSS. (Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors, U.K.)
Internationally renowned sculptor David Begbie has worked almost exclusively with the human form throughout his career. Since his first pioneering solo show in London 1984 a whole new genre of steel-mesh art has emerged and continues to grow. He is the master of his medium and his work speaks for itself.
Drawing in Air – David Begbie transforms a light-weight steel or bronze wire-mesh spectacularly into a dynamic three-dimensional figurative form. His transparent sculpture in wire-mesh is as much about light as it is about substance and he transforms his seemingly inanimate machined industrial material into dynamic and evocative sculptural forms.
The introduction of lighting as an integral part of a particular composition has the most remarkable result. The use of projected shadows generates an optical fusion of image and object creating a whole new spacial dimension.
A ’Begbie sculpture’ is hand-sculpted and never moulded – a unique artwork with its individual character. Each Begbie sculpture is modelled using self-made tools and the wire fabric is finished by joining each intersection so that the artwork is robust and stable for posterity.