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Hamish Mackie

11th – 23rd October, 2010

The Gallery in Cork Street

28 Cork Street, London W1S 3NG

Tel: +44 (0)207 287 8408

Opening Times: Weekdays 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm and

Hamish Mackie, Elephant Mother and Calf, 2009

Sparring bull elephants, leaping impala, graceful leopards and black rhinos will be released into

the Cork Street Gallery on October 11th by Hamish Mackie, one of Britain’s top wildlife sculptors.

In his first solo exhibition for three years, Mackie demonstrates his ability to capture the

movement, energy and character of his favourite animals, all exquisitely cast in bronze and

silver. The exhibition is affiliated with the Tusk Trust and Kenyas Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a

vast sanctuary for endangered species where the artist spent time studying and recreating the

animals around him.

Mackie has always immersed himself in the natural environment. He gets up close and personal

to his subjects; whether he is standing a matter of yards away from a herd of elephant or

studying the carcass of a wild boar in his studio, he manages to truly capture the essence of his

subjects in a way which only sculpting from life allows. The 40 works in Mackie’s Cork Street

menagerie will captivate viewers with their unmistakable energy and outstanding sense of


Mackie’s purpose built studio is in the garden of his converted barn in Oxfordshire. Amongst the

system of hoists and pulleys which he uses to hang carcasses for study, lie impressive

examples of his unique craftsmanship. A wild boar and a red stag, both bronze and life-size,

which stand proud alongside a large Spanish bull, add testament to Mackie’s adventurous

research trips. From living amongst the Kenyan flora and fauna and fishing for yellowfin tuna off

the Lamu coast, to studying the anatomy of bulls in Spain and stalking stag in the Scottish

Highlands, Mackie has managed to turn his fervent passion for nature into a successful


Replicating the many facets of animal character, Mackies work exudes the powerful yet

poignant juxtapositions of the animal kingdom, capturing the duplicity of both predator and

matriarch. Mackie’s three elephant sculptures exemplify this as they show three different

aspects to elephant behaviour. The sculpture of the fighting bulls is being cast as a unique one-

off in silver, and is one of the largest silver sculptures to be cast this year.

The production process is meticulous and highly skilled. By initially sculpting his subject out of

clay or wax over an armature made of steel or aluminium, silicon rubber moulds, wax positives

and ceramic shells can be made in preparation for the ancient 'lost wax’ casting technique.

Intrigued by the fact that you are able to cast a fingerprint into bronze, Mackie likes to leave a

history in the surface of his sculptures: “The forceful push of my palm running down a leopard's

leg generates power into the sculpture and leaves a history as to how it was made.” He is also

one of very few sculptors to carry out their own patination, as he regards “the process to be

equally as important as the colour of paint on a canvas.” Each of his sculptures is limited

edition, signed, dated and numbered.

Mackie’s forthcoming exhibition of wildlife sculptures aims to spread awareness of endangered

animals and raise funds to help counteract the increasing rate at which numerous species are

becoming extinct. The UN has just released a major new report, claiming that a third of our

animal and plant species now face extinction, and Mackie hopes to use his passion and talent

to bring this fact to light.

"Having spent so much time studying wildlife in its natural environment, I’ve developed a

true understanding of animal behaviour. I aim to portray my interpretation through

sculpture, capturing the essence of each species and individual.

A recent poaching incident which resulted in the death of two black rhinos at the Lewa

Wildlife Conservancy has acted as a painful reminder that the threats against wildlife are

rife, and that continued investment in global wildlife conservation is essential. I hope my

involvement with Lewa UK and my associated works will help to bring this fact to light.

I've now reached a stage in my career which will allow for more 'field' research and

almost at the extreme opposite to the African bush I am going to The Falklands, South

Georgia and Antarctica with Ice-Tracks in February."

Hamish Mackie is available for interview.

Hamish Mackie

Hamish Mackie was born in 1973 and grew up on a livestock farm in Cornwall. He has been

sculpting as a career since 1996 and has works in public and private collections around the

world. Public commissions include Merrill Lynch, Hiscox Insurance, Barclays Bank, The

National Trust, RSPCA, Woburn Abbey, Chapman University California and Gilbane

Development Company Rhode Island. His passion for sculpture began at Radley College, and

he went on to develop it at Falmouth school of Art and Kingston University.

Hamish first arrived at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on his gap year’ in 1996, and it is here

that the sculpting bug took hold. In 2009 he returned for a 4 week research trip during which he

formed the backbone of the wildlife sculptures. He is affiliated with the conservancy and

endeavours to help their conservation efforts.

Hamish is a technically accomplished sculptor working closely with the Lockbund Sculpture

Foundry, and occasionally others, pushing the boundaries of casting metals such as bronze,

silver and stainless steel.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy works as a catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its

habitat through the protection and management of species, the initiation and support of

community conservation and development programmes, and the education of neighbouring

areas in the value of wildlife.

For further information, please contact Monique Rivalland or Will Paget

Email: Tel: +44 (0) 20 7323 6963