Keith Calder

b.1959
Keith Calder

Biography

"To be able to draw upon the power and beauty of wild things and portray them in sculpture is a great privilege for me. Perhaps they symbolize our purer selves or jolt our deep seated ancestral memory of when we once lived closer to the earth”

Born in 1959 in the small town of Cradock, South Africa, Keith Calder is a renowned South African sculptor, since 1987. He works with both the animal and human form and his bronzes range from miniatures to life-size to monumental sculptures and is well represented in institutions and corporations throughout South Africa. His style is instantly recognizable by its realism and his ability to capture the character of his subjects stems from his intimate knowledge of them.

 “ Working in these two very different styles allows me to move between reality and fantasy. The one, reality, requires a fairly disciplined interpretation of form while the other allows me greater freedom and a  less sentimental way of expressing my work”.

His works  can be found in a number of important collections including FNB Stadium, Gauteng, First National Bank, De Beers Industrial Diamond Division, Botswana Embassy Stockholm to name a few. However it was in 1987 the decision to leave the bush and become a sculptor was made easier when he received his first important commission from St Stithians College in Johannesburg: a herd of nine elephants in bronze ( 3m x 1m x 0.5m ) symbolizing the college motto ‘one and all’.

 

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