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  • James MacDonald

My Portrait Project


"The result is an accurate but beautifully unique style of portrait that my friends will have forever."


I have been reconnecting with friends from my childhood and sculpting their portraits in clay.

I think my friends are excellent and unique individuals and I enjoy the process of sculpting their portraits as it involves the challenge of paying attention and sculpting accurately, as well as simultaneously having really interesting conversations and learning about them and their experiences and ambitions. When I sculpt I am focussing on their physical characteristics but also their character, mood and conversation all come together to inform the final piece. In order to achieve this impression in clay I use my hands so I am in direct contact with my material, modelling quickly with vigour and passion.

The result is an accurate but beautifully unique style of portrait that my friends will have forever.  

Lewis Serpell with his clay portrait in progress.


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