Created in between January 2018 and April 2019 in Monaco
The Spirit Phantom
Defined as “an individual's true inner self” referring to “the unconscious mind” or “the undiscovered self” in the analytic psychology of Carl Jung. It “reflects archetypal ideals of conduct: referring to an inner feminine part of the male personality” as opposed to the persona, or outer aspect of the personality. In Latin, Spanish and Italian “anima” refers to the soul or spirit.
Bronze & 24 kt Gold Leaf
Height: 43.3 in (110 cm)
Width: 7.5 in (19 cm)
Depth: 14.2 in (36 cm)
Cast at Venturi Atre Bologna 24k gold gilding by Boky Hackel-Ward.
The method of bronze casting used to create this unique type of lace surface requires several attempts in order to produce the desired results.
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Blake Ward was born in Yellowknife in the North West Territories in Canada, then raised and educated in Edmonton, Alberta where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta in 1979.
In 1985 Blake moved to Paris to study under Cyril Heck with whom he learned traditional techniques of modeling figurative sculpture. When the opportunity arose for Blake to move closer to both his foundry and marble quarry, he opened his current studio in Monte Carlo in 1991.
Blake’s early work represents anatomically correct details in the clay sculptures of his live models, the first step in a “lost wax method” of production where the final rendition was either cast in bronze, or sculpted in marble.
Blake began his series of “de-sculpted” figures called “Fragments”, followed by his “Rethink” collection, after completing his teaching fellowship at the University of Hanoi in 2003
It was in Vietnam that Blake shaped his vision of the devastating, long-term effects that landmines have on people all over the world. The result was an infusion of his activism into this series of sculptures.
His latest series, The Spirits, have crossed over into the abstract. Blake creates provocative partial figures (Angels and Phantoms) that represent the expanding consciousness of our inner selves in relation to our outer changing world.
Blake’s work has been exhibited in France, Italy, Germany, England, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, the United States and Canada.