Sculpture doesn't live in a world of flat paint. It glows in the realism of dimension, shape, form, detail and artist interpretation.
Although he has always harboured a creative spirit and a talent for working with his hands, it was by chance that Chris Rohm started sculpting. After a gap year in Europe, he returned to start working in a bronze casting foundry where he quickly developed a real love of the whole process of casting in bronze…it was during this time that he started working on his own pieces.
Chris, a self-taught artist, captures the character of his subjects in the timelessness of bronze and is a champion of environmental awareness.
“My success as a sculptor is not without difficulties, but every situation provides a learning opportunity. I'll always enjoy sculpting, accepting new challenges, doing work that excites me - that is my future.”
One sculpture that is truly close to his heart is the powerful rhino, ‘TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT,’ that symbolizes the hardships the species are going through in order to survive to see another sunset.
The sculpture body is armour plated which resembles the struggle of law enforcement and of game rangers in their mission to protect the rhino. The horn is the focus point and takes the sculpture to a height of 440mm. Bullets on the rhino's legs symbolise the struggle of the animal to survive blows from manmade machines that aim to kill. Standing on a pile of coins indicates what little monetary value the rhino horn is sold for in comparison to saving the animal for future generations.
Although Chris’s full-time work in the construction trade is a different form of creativity, the sculpting allows him to get lost in his work and create what will become heirloom pieces. “I get so much satisfaction from sitting and figuring something out. When you look again the process has taken over and that piece of clay in front of you has become something else.”
Masai - Bronze - 20cm W x 50cm H - 4kg - R 20,000
Masai Group - Bronze - 50cm W x 45cm H - 15kg - R 50,000