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Anthony Theakston’s Elegant Sculptures Imbue Ceramics and Bronze with Avian Spirit

February 7, 2023

Kate Mothes

Ceramic sculptures of owls.

All images © Anthony Theakston, shared with permission

Known as silent predators of the night, owls possess the beguiling ability to swoop within inches of their prey undetected due to specialized feathers that make their flight almost completely inaudible. It’s no wonder that for millennia, the enigmatic creatures have represented wisdom, helpfulness, and prophecy in myths and folklore around the world. Lincolnshire-based artist Anthony Theakston has always been fascinated by birds and flight, and he summons the mystical beauty of the avians’ elegant wings and tender faces in ceramic and bronze.

Theakston prizes out the essence of each living being in a way that is neither purely abstract nor representational, transforming an inanimate hunk of plaster, ceramic, or bronze into a form poised to launch from its perch at any moment. “

To begin a new sculpture, the artist starts by discerning a mood that he wants to convey and searches for imagery that captures that feeling. After sketching loosely, he refines the idea into a formal design. “

Theakston will release a new bronze edition at the end of May and is exhibiting work at Affordable Art Fair Brussels between February 8 and 12 with De Kunst Salon. Find more of his work on Instagram.

Sculptures of owls.

A sculpture of an owl.

A sculpture of an owl with wings spread.

A sculpture of a cormorant-like bird.

A minimalist sculpture of a heron.

An abstract sculpture of a bird.

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