New Artists: Stephen Rautenbach

Stephen Rautenbach is a South African bronze sculptor, we first met a few years ago whilst stomping around Stellenbosch and he quickly got me into one of his studios. I immediately fell in love with his work, the immaculate detailing of each bronze piece is just mind blowing! He really brings the animals to life both in the way the sculptures look and feel, highly textured you can almost sense the movement of the animals coat and the roughness of the ground on which they stand.

  He has built up quite the reputation in South Africa, not just creating bronzing, but also teaching his skill to others. We are very excited to be have his works in Gallery and we hope you like it to.

Check out some of his pieces below and if you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact myself or Daniel at the Gallery.

20b‘Kingfisher in Flight’
Original Sculpture: Bronze (Edition of 15, only 1 available)
Dimensions: W: 20″ H: 5.5″ D: 3.5″
Price: £2650 [Available on Own Art, 10 monthly instalments of just £265 (Interest free)]

This majestic kingfisher sculpture really captures the speed and movement of the bird. It would like stunning upon any mantle or side board. It could even work as an interactive centrepiece allowing you to display light bites on special occasions.

Sprinting Hare‘Sprinting Hare’
Original Sculpture: Bronze (Edition of 15, only 1 available)
Dimensions: W: 8″ H: 10″ D: 8″
Price: £3500 [Available on Own Art, spread the payment over 10 or 12 months (Interest free)]

The sprinting hare is my personal favourite of Rautenbach’s pieces. You can feel the hares energy and concentration as it thrusts itself forward. A truly inspirational and fascinating piece to view

16b‘Barn Owl’
Original Sculpture: Bronze (Edition of 15, only 1 available)
Dimensions: W: 10″ H: 17″ D: 6″
Price: £4100 [Available on Own Art, spread the payment over 10 or 12 months (Interest free)]

This beautiful crafted work stands to attention, looking pleasantly regal. You can imagine it peering out from its elevated perch, looking for its next catch.

Tall Tail‘Tall Tail’
Original Sculpture: Bronze (Edition of 15, only 1 available)
Dimensions: W: ” H: ” D: ”
Price: £5950 [Available on Own Art, spread the payment over 10 or 12 months (Interest free)]

111‘Africaan Bull’
Original Sculpture: Bronze (Edition of 15, only 1 available)
Dimensions: W: 3″ H: 3″ D: 1.5″
Price: £295 [Available on Own Art, 10 monthly instalments of just £29.50 (Interest free)]

114‘Standing Shrew’
Original Sculpture: Bronze (Edition of 15, 2 available)
Dimensions: W: 1.5″ H: 4″ D: 0.5″
Price: £250 [Available on Own Art, 10 monthly instalments of just £25 (Interest free)]

117‘Hiding Hedgehog’
Original Sculpture: Bronze (Edition of 15, only 1 available)
Dimensions: W: 2.5″ H: 2″ D: 2″
Price: £495 [Available on Own Art, 10 monthly instalments of just £49.50 (Interest free)]

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Raising Awareness! Upcoming Exhibition: ‘Intimacy With Plants’ – Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by Villayat ‘Snow Moon Wolf ’ Sunkmanitu

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The Gallery is proud to support and welcome photographer Villayat ‘Snow Moon Wolf’ Sunkmanitu, who will be exhibiting a selection of his works taken in the haven of his own back garden. A place to escape and to recovery from the difficulties of living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the modern world. The Exhibition hopes to raise awareness for people living with the condition and to promote discussion in an area that is often swept under the carpet.

Two World Wars and numerous conflicts later, the condition once ignored and passed off as ‘Shell Shock’, is still much misunderstood.  It is only after recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan that the issue has once again started to hit a chord with British public.

Sunkmanitu, a former RAF police officer stationed in Northern Ireland during the mid 1980’s still suffers from the condition and has undergone varying  NHS treatments and other more unorthodox methods such as healing Earth Medicine prescribed by the Lakota Tribe of the Great Plains in North America. It was in the wilderness that he was able to photograph wolves, escape the rat race, feel at peace and finally find some control over PTSD.

Photography and Poetry are both forms of creative therapy that help to get to grips with PTSD. Both will be displayed alongside each other during the exhibition, each working in tandem to expose the torment, alienation and stigma Sunkmanitu feels and the journey he has taken to find internal peace within himself and with his condition.

“Sometimes people with mental health problems can find it extremely difficult to leave their homes.  The purpose of this particular exhibition is to show what you can do within the safety of your own garden.”

Villayat’s exhibition will be on available to view in gallery from 1st to 8th February 2014. Villayat himself will be in gallery on Saturday 1st February to discuss the work and talk a bit more about his experiences with PTSD. This modest exhibition will be only be on show for one week before it continues its tour of the UK.

For more information please feel free to contact the gallery by phone or email.