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Richard Minns at Hay Hill Gallery: Meet The Artist Evening

15th May 2014 6-8pm

On the 15th May 2014, Hay Hill Gallery will be hosting a Meet The Artist evening for renowned sculptor

Richard Minns. Using legendary figures to inspire his anatomically perfect sculptures, the artist cites

the Classical Greeks and Roman Old Masters as source of inspiration, considering Michelangelo

Buonarroti to have set the standard of excellence. Today, Minns has summoned his phenomenal skills

as a sculptor to interpret Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged novel, as well as familiar figures from biblical

stories and classic Greek mythology.

The evening will be an exclusive chance to see Minns’ new sculpture Jacob And The Angel before it is

displayed at the Westbury Hotel this summer. Rich with symbolism, this sculpture depicts Jacob and

the mysterious ‘man of God locked in combat. Equal in strength, they wrestle until morning when

Jacob finally receives the blessing he desires. The Jacob that entered into the wrestling match was a

manipulator, a ruthless con-artist, on his way to see his brother Esau whom he cheated out of his

birthright. However, he leaves the scene with a limp and becomes known as Israel’, the perseverer or

overcomer. This is a powerful portrayal of man’s inner struggle between relying on earthly strength

and putting your trusting in God. Seen from different angles, the two figures in the sculpture appear to

move around each other- and at one point are both completely obscured by the angel’s wing. This

striking bronze illustrates the difficult idea that real character growth is down to struggle and pain.

The Atlas Shrugged quadrilogy is an iconic sculptural series based on the book of the same name, cast

in bronze with a classic rich patination. Atlas is seen tearing apart the World of Collectivism that had

formerly pinned him down, and creating a new golden world. Every muscle is taut with an electrifying

undercurrent of pure anger, and turning the sculpture around on its highly polished steel base you can

see every last inch of Minns mastery of anatomy reflected there. Interpreting Atlas as one who is

finally unable to bear the weight of the world and its freeloaders, Minns’ sculpture is an important

social comment. He challenges us to exert our individual force, shatter the state of total collectivism

and live freely. This struggle of individualism versus collectivism is not a political ideal but concerns a

man’s soul. The idea mirrors Ayn Rand’s beliefs that the individual is of supreme value, the

“fountainhead” of creativity, and that selfishness, properly understood as ethical egoism, is a virtue.

In Richard’s capable hands, clay, wax, wood, bronze and marble are transformed into manifestations of

the human condition. He sculpts legends of great inner and outer strength, from Diana and Pygmalion

to Sampson and David. This artist has a great understanding of the possibilities of the male and female

nude and the detailed spectacle of muscles in motion. From head to toe, every inch of Richard’s

sculptures contains the total spectrum of human emotion. His work combines 21st century techniques

with the anatomical precision of the Renaissance Old Masters and the expressionistic movement of

French Impressionism. Truly three-dimensional, these works must be viewed with 360º careful



Combining considerable artistic talents with his personal background in bodybuilding, Richard Minns

has already made his unique mark in 21st century sculpture. The son of an Irish father and Jewish

mother, he was born on a Texan ranch in 1929. He has lived all over the world in a larger-than-life

continuous adventure, spanning 14 different successful careers. His life has been the subject of

numerous newspaper and magazine articles, books, movies and television shows. As a world-class

athlete, former boxing champion and rodeo competitor, Minns still holds over 12 world records in

endurance sports. A man of many talents, he first trained to be a doctor; went on to become a

journalism professor; a professional writer; was the brains behind one of America’s largest advertising-

marketing-public relations agencies; and founded one of the world’s widest network of health and

fitness spas.

Today Minns exhibits worldwide, represented by Howe Street Gallery, Vancouver, Canada and Hay Hill

Gallery, London, UK.

Notes to Editors:

Hay Hill Gallery, located on Baker Street, represents a number of internationally recognised

contemporary artists. The sculptures are part of Hay Hill Gallery’s sculpture collection, featuring works

by Gianfranco Meggiato, Eleanor Cardozo, Massimiliano & Alfonso Cacchiarelli, Palolo Valdés, Jamie

McCartney, Andy Cheese, Ian Edwards and Nicola Godden.

For press information and images please contact Sarah Jones,

Hay Hill Gallery, 35 Baker Street, London W1U 8EN

Tel: 020 7486 6006

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10.30-6, Saturday 11-5