Christine Baxter: Siesta – Verdigris

Christine Baxter: Siesta – Verdigris


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Siesta – Verdigris is a beautiful reappraisal of the ‘reclining nude’. Not quite asleep, a young woman lies on her stomach, her legs folded behind her in a languid pose redolent of lazy afternoons on a lawn. The sinuous contours of her back are gently curtailed by the angles of knees and elbows; her turned face has a contented expression, heavy with sleep.

The sculptor, Christine Baxter, grew up in a family of artists but received formal training at the Camberwell School of Art. There she was taught by Mike Gillespie, who provided a human bridge between the iconic 20th-century sculptors Jacob Epstein and Elizabeth Frink, under whom he studied. The influence of these artistic titans is tangible in the expressive nature of Baxter’s mainly figurative work.

The surface of Siesta – Verdigris is almost impressionistic as Baxter leaves what she calls ‘the unconscious making marks’, to convey the essence of the subject. The result is both visually compelling and highly tactile and fulfils Baxter’s desire to convey the ‘love of beauty and grace’ that she felt while working.

Sculpted in clay and then cold cast in bronze resin with a verdigris finish, this sculpture emerged from Baxter's studio in Monmouthshire. Small enough to be part of an interior scheme, it is also robust enough to be displayed outside.

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Material: Open edition, cold pour bronze resin sculpture with verdigris finish, hollow core

Dimensions: H:32cm, L:78cm, D:33cm

Care: Wipe with soft, damp cloth when necessary