Feb 17 2011

“Bearly Hanging On”

The single greatest threat to the survival of the polar bear is the rapid melting ice of the Arctic Ocean. Some 25,000 of these magnificent mammals can be found today across the Arctic region. However, up to 15,000 bears could be lost in the coming decades because of climate change. Artist Roy Peratrovich symbolically captures this looming fate with his depiction of a polar bear, struggling to hold onto a thinning floe of ice.

Roy Peratrovich Jr. is a retired civil engineer living on Bainbridge Island, WA. Roy’s bronze sculptures can be seen in Ancestral Spirits Gallery in Port Townsend, WA, or at his website ravenworksart.com. His heritage as an Alaskan native Tlingit, as well as his engineering background is reflected in his artwork. Two Ravens Studio created the mold, the casting, and the icy blue patina.


Jan 15 2011

“NO FUN”

Victoria Haven’s show Hit the North (47? 60’N) at the Greg Kucera Gallery displayed a series of works which reflected two of  her most influential life experiences, the Northwest and the punk rock music scene. The Decline of Western Civilization (Rainy Day Project)” pays homage to her husband’s  “NO FUN” tattoo, made from a potato stamp. Two Ravens Studio molded and cast the potato stamp in aluminum and gave it a”pewter” finish.

 


Dec 27 2010

“Life Size and Abstract”

Artist Joseph McDonnell is known for creating dramatic, captivating, modern forms. His “Pan” represents a contemporary version of the classic Greek god yet still retains a “goat-likeness.” This six foot sculpture was enlarged from its original size and now rests comfortably in a garden estate in the Pacific Northwest.

“The Bather” was also enlarged from a small-scale version. The artist wanted to build a figure around the concept of a non-existent spherical shape. The negative triangular spaces of the arms suggests a seated figure, slightly bent over, as if it is rinsing water from its head. This four foot “Bather” is currently enjoying the Florida sunshine at a private residence. Two Ravens Studio provided the full service casting for both life size works, “Pan” and “The Bather,” in record time and back to back.


Nov 26 2010

“Defying Adversity”

The poem, Invictus, by William Earnest Henley describes a sense of defiance in the face of adversity. Washington State artist David Varnau captured this spirit by evoking an image of a strong yet vulnerable male figure. The figure is seated rather than holding a stance of swagger or triumph. Although down on the ground and perhaps humbled, he seems to still possess a sense of inner strength and self-assurance. David’s sculptures have been exhibited at Gallery North in Edmonds WA as well as Parklane Gallery in Kirkland WA. Two Ravens Studio creates many of David’s molds and is his preferred artisan foundry for casting his one of a kind, figurative works.


Sep 28 2010

“Dan, Dan, The Aluminum Man”

There’s people walking up the walls of Pike Place Market! Artist Dan Webb received this public arts commission via the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority. This installation was part of a remodeling project for the market’s back steps entrance. Seven male and female aluminum figures serve as functioning light fixtures. They appear to be coming out of a small aluminum door and walking around walls and  the ceiling. The light globes the figures carry are based on a larger light globe that used to be by the market’s entrance. Two Ravens Studio helped Dan take his concept from clay originals to the finished design and fabrication of the doorway.


Aug 21 2010

“Blue Jay Man”

John Hoover is widely known for his Native American artwork. “Blue Jay Man Triptych” was inspired by boyhood memories of portable, Russian Orthodox icons that traveling priests brought to the artist’s Alaskan hometown. Drawing from his own personal mythology, John created his own version of the spiritual artifact. The “jay,” is in reference to his name and is one of the “inua” or animal spirit energies connected to the woodcarving. The artist’s own facial features and signature necklace complete the iconic self-portrait.

"Blue Jay Man Feast Dish," front and back

“Blue Jay Man Feast Dish,” also combines many layers of nature, spirituality and self-reflection. The feast dish is reminiscent of traditional, functional Aleutian artwork that John admired while discovering his own style of sculpture. Two Ravens Studio was honored to mold, cast and patina these cedar art forms for the artist and his family.


Aug 8 2010

“Big Beaver Torso”

A. Phimister Proctor is one of the most prolific sculptors of western themed art. Proctor excelled at public monuments, Native American portraits  as well as wildlife sculptures. Big Beaver, a Blackfoot Indian, modeled several times for Proctor on the reservation, at Proctor’s home in California, and at his studio in New York City. The artist’s grandson, Phimister Proctor “Sandy” Church, founded the A. Phimister Proctor Museum near Seattle to preserve the legacy of his grandfather’s art. Church commissioned artist Jeff Oens for the restoration of his grandfather’s plasters to be recast in bronze and patinated by Two Ravens Studio.


Jul 9 2010

“The Mother of Lynden”

Phoebe Judson is considered to be the founding mother of Lynden,WA.  The Judsons were the first white settlers when the state was still just a territory. The Judsons home served as the town’s first post office, they started the first school and Holden Judson was the town’s first mayor.  To honor their contributions and pioneer spirit, local residents and the descendants of the Judson family commissioned artist Bob McDermott to create a memorial sculpture. Two Ravens Studio helped Bob mold and cast a bust of Phoebe, as funds are being raised for the life size figures. The project is funded by private donations and the statues will be placed in a public park near city hall. The bust of Phoebe is now ready to be viewed by the Phoebe Judson Heritage Committee. Holden Judson’s bust is soon to follow.


Jul 5 2010

“Mr.Balkema”

Mr Balkema was a portrait commission project for the Weatherwax High School Class of ’55. The class decided to honor their beloved principal, Mr. Balkema who was head of the the school from 1923 to 1955. He was the longest tenured high school principal in the state of Washington and when he retire in 1955, he told the graduating class that he too was finally graduating high school. The class of 55 contacted Two Ravens Studio to do the bust of Mr Balkema after reviewing Michael Haney’s (foundry studio co-owner and fellow sculptor) portfolio. Michael says he enjoys the challenges of portraiture and the subtle dynamics of creating a likeness; in the case of Mr Balkima much of what he had to go by was small, grainy, yearbook pictures! You can see more of Michael Haney’s work here at winterhoof.com. Two Ravens Studio also provided the plaque that will go along with the principle’s memorial.


Jun 25 2010

“Vintage Hats”

Two Ravens Studio completed a series of antique hat reproductions that were commissioned by Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings in Seattle WA. Their client, a large, national, upscale retailer visited their store on the hunt for some unusual decorative pieces. They fell in love with the 1930’s novelty hat sign, which used to hang in a hat shop in the Dominican Republic. They wanted to put several of them in their new stores and department store remodels, so Kirk Albert contacted Two Ravens for the job. The staff quickly went to work on making the mold and casting the hats in aluminum. The hardest part was making the rust look authentic and giving the surface the right aged paint finish to match the original and then do it eight times! Both Kirk Albert and their client were very happy and plan to have more hats made as well as other projects for their store.