Simon Gudgeon British
H 148 x W 44 x L 42 cm
An elegant bronze sculpture Isis by British sculptor Simon Gudgeon of an Ibis, on a fossil marble base.An identical three metre bronze Isis by Simon Gudgeon, was the first sculpture to be unveiled in Hyde Park for 50 years, next to the Serpentine. In 2012, Isis was also unveiled at the new Sculpture Trail at the National Museum of Wildlife Art of America. It has been placed at the northern end of the trail, overlooking the National Elk Refuge.
About the artist: Simon Gudgeon is one of Britain’s leading contemporary sculptors. He has a signature smooth style that concentrates spirit and nature. His minimalist, semi-abstract forms depict both movement and emotion of a moment captured with a visual harmony that is unmistakably his own. Born in Yorkshire in 1958, Gudgeon ‘lived deep in the countryside on the family farm, learning the essential arts of observation, evaluation and interpretation of how animals and birds behave, both with each other and man’. After studying law at Reading University, he practiced as a solicitor, starting painting only in his thirties and first exhibiting at London’s Battersea Exhibition Centre in 1992. An impulse purchase of artist’s clay at the age of 40 led into his new career as a sculptor, responding to what lay closest to his heart: the natural world.Private CollectionPrivate Collection of HRH The Duke of EdinburghAmhuinnsuidhe Castle, Isle of HarrisMathew Gloag (Distillers) Ltd, Perthshire.
This sculpture, Isis, is based on an ibis, a wading bird with a long, thin, down-curving bill. The word ibis was originally Greek, deriving from the ancient Egyptian hib. In ancient Egypt the sacred ibis was an object of religious worship particularly associated with the god Thoth. Although this sculpture was originally inspired by an ibis, the final form embraces an abstracted asymmetrical design that is derived from natural forms and the human form, all combining to produce a sculpture that conveys emotion that relates to the human spirit. The name Isis comes from the Egyptian goddess of nature, the feminine archetype for creation. Her titles include goddess of fertility; mother of deities; queen of heaven, earth and the underworld; goddess of simplicity; and the great protector. Her associations can be viewed in the finished sculpture. It is essentially a contemplative piece, inward-looking, trying to understand the reason for our existence: where we have come from, where we are going and our place in the universe.