s c u l p t u r e
Hodgkinson enjoyed moving from one medium to another and felt that experiences in the one medium helped his work in another. For example working in watercolour, a very fluid medium helped him keep oil paint fresh and fluid. Working ‘in the round’ in sculpture helped his drawing as he could visualise the ‘other side’ of his subject.
A peripatetic lifestyle meant little sculpture making in earlier years although there is some work in bronze from his Spanish period. Once he settled permanently at Kenthurst he was able to further explore this medium, many of his works are displayed in the garden at 'Geebung Studios" (see photographs below)
Hodgkinson's sculpture work was done mainly using the ancient ‘lost wax’ process whereby he modelled the image in wax, shaping it by heating, adding and cutting away. When complete the wax mould is covered in stucco (plaster) then covered with finely ground ceramic granules. This process is repeated many times to build up a strong shell the piece is then fired to about 1100 degrees C. The wax burns out leaving an empty casing in the precise internal shape of the original mode. The metal ingots are heated to liquid, poured into the cast to form the bronze sculpture, a permanent, mirror image of the artist’s original wax concept. Hodgkinson also modelled in clay and many of his bronzes were cast from these ceramic works.
Sculptures in the garden at Geebung Studios
Site Designed by Eye Design