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 accentuate the strong, smooth facial features of the Muse Mask, contrasted by her lively hair, twisting & flowing. Remarkable detail... The bronze is mounted on a conical & then square base crafted of jarrah wood, a hardwood finished in its natural color. Rugged yet graceful & highly refined, this dynamic work, standing nearly 2-feet tall, makes a stunning 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 77 & 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