Artist: Steve Winterburn
Dimensions: 70cm x 35cm x 30cm
Edition Size: 19 – Steve Winterburn X Castle Galleries
Material: Bronze on Granite
This sculpture sees two cheetah portraits intertwined with each other both holding a strong proud pose. This composition was constructed and designed by Steve to illustrate how a solid bond between two beings can be so powerful in being able to withstand and recover hardships together, and thus came the name Resilience. The subject matter of cheetahs seemed fitting to him as although they can be found alone, they are likely found defending a territory as a coalition of males, these coalitions can last a lifetime for some cheetahs. This composition tied in with the strong story it depicts of a lifelong union, creates a real presence and really draws you into the sculpture.
This piece is one of a new line of sculptures by Steve; wildlife portraits. By focusing the subject down to just the portrait the emphasis is all on the character and feel of the animals’ features. Eyes have always been something that captivate people when they see Steve’s sculptures in person, when talking about eyes he said “Eyes are so important to me because eyes are the doorway to the soul”. The way he sculpts them draws you in and makes the animal and story of the piece so easy to connect with. This combined with his new loose and powerful style, he creates individual personalities beautifully with these portraits.