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Plaster Bust Collection
A 21st century re-interpretation of the historical portrait bust.

The collection is a contemporary response to the traditionally sculpted figurative statues and busts of the 18th and 19th centuries, but rather than sculpting in clay or stone, the busts are made by direct casting from real things.

To construct the original sculpture from which the plaster casts are taken, I first ‘collage’ together all kinds of materials and found objects – fabrics, haberdashery, model buildings and vehicles, plastic packaging, corrugated card, paper, electrical and plumbing parts and much else. The plaster casts made from these originals pick up an amazing amount of texture and detail giving the sculptures a strange air of realism.

The idea of placing architectural monuments, iconic landmarks and random objects on the headdresses was inspired by the intriguing 18th century fad of decorating hats with very large scale, incongruous objects - famously Marie Antoinette adorned a hat with a huge ship in full sail.

 

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Secret Society Banquet Exhibitions
featuring the Plaster Bust Collection

              
  Pitzhanger Manor, London          Holburne Museum, Bath
         

              
St Edmund Church, City of London        Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire

 

Film: Secret Society a Sculptural Banquet

 


      
    The large busts are in limited editions of 20 each (square plinths)   

           
          

       Secret Agent      ht: 67cms / 26"

 

 

 

 

  
        
       Gun Slinger      ht: 57cms / 23"
                      

 

        Paperback Writer      ht: 61cms / 24"

 


      Artist      ht: 59cms / 23"

    Cosmopolitan ht: 70cms / 27.5"           


 





               Boadacea     height: 56cms (22")

 



Secret Society at the Cafe Royal, Regents Street, London


Hospital Club, Private Members Club, London  

     Novelist     height: 59cms

          
                        Tomcat     height: 59cms


Dublin Castle Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

                  Speed Freak     height: 60cms



                      Statsminister     height: 53cms
                     
       Tank Girl     height: 55cms

 


               

        

 

Kimpton Monaco, Pittsburgh with Beleco Design, LA

 

             Bookworm    height: 50cms


House of St Barnabus, Private Members Club, London  

 

       

 

 

              

        Hotel de Rome, Berlin                 Historic building conversion, UK                                                   

                    Sightseer + Tourist     height: 60cms
                     Sightseer    height: 60cms



           
                      Tourist   height: 60cms


     

 

Courvoisier Advertising

          Astronaut    height: 52cms







          Architect    height: 41cms     limited edition of 20



             

 

                 
       The following busts are in open editions unless otherwise stated



       Archaeologist    height: 37cms



             
Bergdorf Goodman, New York


                        Blade Runner     height: 35cms / 13.5"

 

                     Space Cadet     height: 37cms / 14.5"






                           



                         Explorer ht: cms 40cms / 16"           








                  Highliner    height: 44cms

 

         

Kipps Bay Decorators Show House, New York
with David Collins Studio  



              

    


            Librarian    height: 39cms




 






        

    Lady Manhattan   height 40cms



        



            Infanta height 37cms

 

       

   

                     Josephine & Mme Sacre Coeur
          Art Lover      height: 39cms

 



Apollo International Art Magazine event







          


     Turkish Girl      height 46cms     limited edition of 10







            Other Turkish Girl      height 46cms          limited edition of 10
    




                      Berliner    height: 40cms


     


       

 




Film: High Roller & Friends



          High Roller     height: 42cms
            

    

 

      Plaster busts featured at a Louis Vuitton launch event, designed by Fiona Leahy
               Lafayette         height 44cms / 17"

         
            


              




      Above and below: Busts featured in Tricia Guild's book 'Colour'            photo
 James Merrell     
       L'ingénieure       height 44cms








 

                                           Secret Society - a Ballroom Banquet, Holburne Museum, Bath
       Etoile        height 33cms / 13"
          


 




Darcy Hotel, Washington DC
       Zoro    height 33cms / 13"
    

 

 

 

      Lone Ranger             height 33cms / 13"

      

 

                        

 

            



  
    Busts at fashion store
Tally Weijl Vienna        commissioned by Michael Howells
     Bricklayer         height 37cms / 14.5"
       


    Mme Maigret          height 30cms / 12"
        



       
      Josephine         height 34cms / 13.5"
      

        

 

     Galileo       height 35cms / 14"

              


   Miss London Town
        height 32cms / 11"
         
  

            

    Created especially to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics:-
   Miss Get-set-go       height 34cms / 13"

           
 

     Gold Digger          height 32cms / 13"
       

 

     Demoiselle D           height 28cms / 11"
         Highwayman's Girl               height 28cms / 11"
              
    

        Aviatrix             height 29cms / 11.5"

          
      Mamselle Chateau                 height 29cms / 11.5"



       



      Plaster busts featured at a Louis Vuitton launch event, designed by Fiona Leahy

  


        Tower Bridge Dragoon               height 37cms / 14.5"

 



Apollo International Art Magazine event

 


            




Louis Vuitton launch event, designed by Fiona Leahy
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        La Cavaliere                         height 32cms / 13"
     


           Madame Sacre Coeur                       height 35cms / 14"

  

      Maestro         height 25cms / 10"

       
     Ms Shakespeare                         height 26cms / 12"



 

    
      Madame Fruits      height 22cms / 8.5"
                  
        Miss Grape                                height 27cms / 13.5"
 
outdoor photography by Adelina Mocanu
             1                  2                 3                  4                     5                   6                       7                   8                9                   10         
    
                
             11                      12                    13                    14                  15                  16               17                18                  19           
       
      20                21                  22                    23                24                     25                   26                27                     28
      
        29                       30                       31                   32                               33                       34                    35                  36               
               
         37                   38                   39                              40                        41                      42                            43                    44

                              45                      46                      47                         48                                49                     50                           51
     
           
                    52

reference:
1    Highwayman's Girl
2    Miss Grape
3    Rodin Girl
4    Madame Sacre Coeur
5    Miss Tassel Hat
6    Madame Fruits
7    La Cavaliere
8    Tower Bridge Dragoon
9    Mamselle Chateau
10   Ms Shakespeare
11   Demoiselle D
12   Aviatrix
13   Gold Digger
14   Maestro
15   Mme Maigret

16   Gallileo
17   Josephine
18   Miss London Town
19   Miss Get-set-go
20   Bricklayer
21   Lafayette
22   Etoile
23   Zoro
24   Lone Ranger
25   Architect
    (edition of 20)
26   Berliner
27   High Roller
28   Infanta
29   Astronaut (edition of 20)
30   Bookworm  (edition of 20)
31   Tank Girl (edition of 20)
32   Tomcat    (edition of 20)
33   Statsminister
      (edition of 20)

34   Speed Freak (edition of 20)
35   Art Lover
36   L'ingenieure
37   Lady Manhattan
38   Librarian
39   Tukish Girls (editions      of 10)
40   Highliner
41   Sightseer  (edition of 20)
42   Tourist    (edition of 20)
43   Novelist   (edition of 20)
44   Archaeologist

45   Cosmopolitan
     (edition of 20)
46   Explorer    (edition of 20)
47   Space Cadet

48   Bodacea    (edition of 20)
49   Blade Runner
50   Paperback Writer
     
(edition of 20)
51    Gun Slinger
(edition of 20)
52   Secret Agent(edition of 20)




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