An exceptional casting by an exceptional artist, on offer is this superb bronze by master sculptor, Thomas W. Bates. The inherent level of artistry & workmanship warrants museum exhibit. A force to be reckoned with, the sheer power & immediacy of Bates' sculptures are at once evident, inescapable, & boldly compelling... This is a rare opportunity to acquire an extraordinary work by one of the world's finest living sculptors.
Sharply defined contours plus a long, slender neck help to offset the strong, smooth facial features of the Muse Head, contrasted by her neatly woven coif, which upon closer inspection, reveals itself to be a cluster of twisting snakes. Though heavy, the bronze is a hollow-cast. Remarkable detail... Elegant, graceful, & highly refined, this dynamic work, standing nearly a foot tall, makes an exquisite display.
A sculptor all his life, Thomas W. Bates served as Senior Lecturer in Fine Art & as Head of School of Sculpture, Exeter College of Art & Design, Exeter (UK), until leaving in 1990 to concentrate full time on his own work. His work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy (London) & numerous commercial galleries & private forums in the UK & Australia. At the age of 72 & with his artwork housed in collections around the world, Bates continues to produce a steady & prolific stream of sculptures, drawings, & poetry from the rural seclusion of his studio in South Australia.
"This is an artist you can trust."
~ Tony Smith, Arts Review UK, Volume XXXX No. 3