Dylan Lewis (South African, born 1964) Leopard walking  80 x 142 x 24cm (31 1/2 x 55 7/8 x 9 7/16in).

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Lot 62
Dylan Lewis
(South African, born 1964)
Leopard walking 80 x 142 x 24cm (31 1/2 x 55 7/8 x 9 7/16in).

Sold for £ 8,750 (US$ 12,032) inc. premium
Dylan Lewis (South African, born 1964)
Leopard walking
inscribed and numbered '© Dylan Lewis/ 2001 7/12' (front right corner of base)
bronze, edition 7 of 12
80 x 142 x 24cm (31 1/2 x 55 7/8 x 9 7/16in).

Footnotes

  • Lewis began his artistic journey as a painter. However, he swiftly discovered that his real vocation was sculpture. He subsequently devoted himself to the medium, and has become known as one of the world's foremost sculptors of the animal form.

    Lewis's large cat sculptures began as a direct, literal and intuitive response to the wild animal in its natural environment. He finds inspiration in the raw energy of South Africa's fauna and flora, spending much time in the coarse and desolate landscape between the Cape Peninsula and the interior. For the artist, the leopard is the apogee; totally at one with its habitat, the big cat's movements are instinctual. This is manifest in Lewis's sculptures of the predators, whether stretching, walking, grooming, hunting or relaxing.

    As well as being metaphors for wilderness, Lewis's cat sculptures are also anatomically precise. The musculature of Leopard Walking is rendered in great detail. Athletic and lithe, the sculpture celebrates the beauty and power of this magnificent animal.

    Bibliography
    L. Twiggs, Shape Shifting: From animal to human: The Sculpture of Dylan Lewis, (London, 2009) pp.1-3.
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Dylan Lewis (South African, born 1964) Leopard walking  80 x 142 x 24cm (31 1/2 x 55 7/8 x 9 7/16in).
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