Ray­mond Gibby

Western Art Collector - - ARTIST FOCUS -

Sculp­tor Ray­mond Gibby says, “Be­ing out­doors has al­ways been a re­ju­ve­nat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the soul. And there has been noth­ing more in­spi­ra­tional than find­ing wildlife while I ex­plore. Grow­ing up with God in my life, I have viewed the cre­ation of art as an ex­pres­sion of grat­i­tude and praise for the out­door beauty that has been pro­vided to all that ex­pe­ri­ence it.”

Un­der the tute­lage of his grand­fa­ther, who was a land­scape painter, Gibby learned to re­spect the medium that he works in as much as the sub­ject mat­ter. “For him, it was as im­por­tant to show­case oil paint­ing tech­niques as much as it was im­por­tant to de­pict a land­scape,” Gibby shares. “From him, I learned to not over con­trol the medium so that it can main­tain its unique char­ac­ter­is­tics.”

Th­ese days, Gibby cre­ates wildlife sculp­tures in clay and cast in bronze. To ad­here to his grand­fa­ther’s coun­sel, he in­cludes tight de­tails into loose tex­tures to high­light the ver­sa­til­ity of the medium. “I also spend a lot of time study­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing wildlife to gen­er­ate the in­spi­ra­tion to cre­ate. The over­all re­sult of my work should demon­strate anatomic ac­cu­racy for a par­tic­u­lar wildlife species,” he says. “It should show­case the qual­i­ties of clay, and also show the unique ca­pa­bil­i­ties of bronze. When­ever pos­si­ble

I like to dis­play the strength of bronze in my com­po­si­tions, not only in my mes­sages but also in the ac­tual phys­i­cal strength of bronze. There are things that can be achieved in bronze that are nearly im­pos­si­ble in other medi­ums. But as I men­tioned, the mes­sage should be strong too. I hope that my pieces aren’t just nice to look at, but in­stead my great de­sire is that they sink deep and stir emo­tion with the mes­sage.”

Gibby will par­tic­i­pate in the Na­ture­works Art Show and Sale March 1 through 3 at the Re­nais­sance Tulsa Ho­tel & Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

Tri­umphant, bronze, 84 x 60 x 36"

Driven, bronze, 9 x 6 x 2½"

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