Ama Menec - Sculpture Throughout my life I have pursued my twin loves of natural and ancient history, and spent my late teens shuttling between the Museums of Anthropology, Archaeology and Zoology in Cambridge. My natural history sculptures focus primarily on endangered British animals, and those that have made a comeback. After 30 years as a ceramicist I am now switching career and moving permanently into patinated foundry bronze. This harder and more resilient material liberates the form from gravity and so widens my creative horizons. By exploring the chemistry of bronze patination, I can also achieve all the colour possibilities previously only available in ceramics but with far more control and finesse. Predominantly my foundry bronzes are an exploration of British wildlife and our relationship with it. My Buzzard and Red Kite sculptures are of life sized female birds to help the viewer appreciate the scale and presence of the real animal.
My present projects include a mantling Barn Owl, a Kingfisher in a threat display, a stretching, yawning fox, a scratching fox and a Badger Trophic Cascade, working alongside the Barn Owl Trust, the Badger Trust and other Wildlife Rescue centres. Selected recent exhibitions include: Archaeology ‘08, British Museum, Great Russell St, London. Savill Gardens, Windsor Great Park, Surrey. Henley Festival, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. Delamore Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Cornwood, Devon. Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Windsor Racecourse, Windsor. Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition, Stone Farm, Chagford, Devon. Artspaces, Barn Galleries, Middle Culham Farm, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire . RHS Rosemoor Winter Sculpture Exhibition, Great Torrington, North Devon. WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. One woman show 'Wild and Arcane' at the Turrill Sculpture Gardens, Oxford Bronze Red Kite and Buzzard exhibited at the University of Oxford Natural History Museum. TWASI at Nature In Art, Twigworth, Gloucestershire. Royal Academy Summer Open, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. Royal Scottish Academy Open, The Mound, Edinburgh, Scotland Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London. South West Academy, Exeter Castle, Exeter, Devon. Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London Artists For Conservation International Exhibit of Nature in Art online Awards include: Wildlife Art Society International at Nature In Art, best sculpture in show for bronze Female Red Kite. Awarded the Tate St Ives Prize for bronze Female Buzzard at the Royal Scottish Academy 2015. Awarded the Brownston Gallery prize for bronze Female Red Kite, South West Academy 2016. Awarded the Grand Prize for bronze Female Buzzard at East West Art Award Competition 2016
My sculptures are in collections across the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Australia, France and Denmark.
Vist Ama's website for more information: www.amamenec-sculpture.co.uk
Contact Ama via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone: 07943 803551