Ian looks to nature for his inspiration; he is a prolific traditional (realist) Sculptor (with a sympathetic twist) and revels in the smallest detail of any sculpture he produces. He particularly likes the work of the old masters (Michelangelo, Rodin, etc) also the new generation of today’s master sculptors, such as Bruno Lucchesi, Philippe Faraut, Vince Payne, Dave McGary, and of course the brilliant works of Richard McDonald.
Ian is respectful of the amount of work and time these modern day masters spend on producing stunning sculptures; that are very detailed and sympathetic to their subject matter. It is very evident in their finished sculptures, that true quality comes at a price, and generally that price requires steadfast passion, dedication, talent and a significant time commitment; as they all go hand in hand.
Ian believes that it can be difficult to improve too much on the beauty of nature; however, sometimes the sculptor is able to enhance a single moment in time by providing a different perspective to reality. Ian has a strong passion for the need to sculpt, he mostly enjoys sculpting people and animals interacting in a harmonious and sustainable setting.
Currently he enjoys creating his (Signature) large scale steel silhouette style sculptures. He also revels in sculpting highly detailed Western and Australian Cowboys (Drovers) working either alone or with their horses, and will be sculpting a whole series of these beautifully cast bronze equine sculptures.
Over the years, he has progressed from minute finger sized resin sculpted figurines, to large scale public art monuments; some over 6.5 metres high and finished in high polished stainless steel, concrete, bronze and or resin, with some of his sculptures weighing well over a tonne. This evolution of scale, combined with Ian’s relentless passion for detail, has stood him in good stead for his recent works and he really enjoys it when people can see the empathy he has for the subject matter and that little extra effort in the sculptural work he portrays.
Ian Haggerty – 2018