Rayner Hoff's Norman
Lindsay Bust c.1930
Odana Editions in
conjunction with the Josef Lebovic Gallery
Norman Lindsay's Bookends are the first release in a series of
fine bronze castings from Australian artists' original plaster
FIRST RELEASE: 1 June
2000 (available until 29.6.00) busts
$9,500 (Edition no.s 11-40 includes book)
SECOND RELEASE: 1 July 2000 (available until 45 sold) busts
$15,000 (Edition no.s 41-55 includes book)
THIRD RELEASE: After 45 sold (until edition sold out) busts
$20,000 (Edition no.s 56-60 includes book)
SHIPPING: ex Meridian
Prices for the Bookends are inclusive of shipping.
Josef Lebovic & Lin
Bloomfield hold an exclusive licence to cast the works of Norman
Please direct any enquiries
Josef Lebovic Gallery
34 Paddington Street, Paddington, NSW 2021.
Tel: (02) 9332 1840. Fax: (02) 9331 7431. Intl: (+61-2)
Enquiries & payments
may also be made to:
Odana Editions, P.O. Box 400, Bungendore, NSW 2621. Tel: (02)
6238 0720 Fax: (02) 6238 0725.
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It is fitting that we
are launching this series with works by Rayner Hoff (1894-1938)
and Norman Lindsay (1879-1969). They were closely associated
during the 1920s at the height of their careers. They shared
several beliefs including the view that feminine energy was the
fuel necessary for the regeneration of a creative life-force.
Hoff was often as outspoken on outmoded social customs as was
Rayner Hoff was the most
pre-eminent sculptor in Australia between the wars, not only
for his own output but also for his importance as a teacher of
sculptors such as Lyndon Dadswell, Barbara Tribe and Jean Norton
Broome, amongst others. His legacy of fine public sculpture,
noted for its classic depiction of heroism, is exemplified in
the Anzac Memorials in Sydney and Adelaide.
At the time Hoff and Lindsay
were producing sculpture, Australian sculptors had to send their
work abroad for casting. The cost was prohibitive, and so few
artists ever saw their work cast in bronze during their lifetime.
Today there are several fine Australian foundries.
We have chosen Melbourne
foundry, Meridian, to produce our sculpture editions. Meridian
has been operating for 27 years and is the largest lost-wax foundry
in Australia, with wide experience in producing high quality
work for many artists.
sculpture has been produced either as a single piece or in very
small editions. As such, it has been difficult for collectors
to acquire sculpture at an affordable price. We believe that
by casting in larger editions more people will be able to own
a fine piece of sculpture. The process of producing these bronzes
ensures that the quality remains uniformly high throughout the
Bronze casting, one of
the oldest methods of reproduction, has remained essentially
unchanged since the Renaissance. First, a silicon rubber mould
is made directly from the original plaster (see above). A wax
cast is then made from this mould and a wax "runner &
riser" system is attached to it. The wax is then covered
with a refactory, a plaster and water mix that is built up layer
by layer until the shell is cylindrical in shape. This is kiln-fired
for 48 hours to drive off water and "burn out" the
wax. Molten bronze is then poured into the wax cavity. Imperfections
in the castings are hand-finished. Finally the patina, a multi-layered
chemical process which affects the colour of the finished bronze,
We are proud to offer
discerning collectors this chance to acquire bronze sculptures
by two artists from Australia's rich cultural heritage.