Anthony Brandt’s preference was to reproduce the human form in paintings and sketches, but he also created sculptures on occasion.
He strove to reproduce the beauty of the human form in different materials throughout his life, including bronze using the ‘lost wax’ method, as well as in silver, and resin. Each had their own advantages and specific challenges, but they added to his depth of knowledge on the human form.
The Silver casting by the foundry had multiple major faults in it, which I had to remedy by very many hours of hard work. This also happened to the life-size bronze casting ‘Exotic Passion’.
For an artist of Anthony Brandt’s calibre, as with Michaelangelo (with whom he was often compared), and many artists before him, the human representation on canvas or paper is a two dimensional interpretation of a 3-dimensional form. Without a deep understanding of both human musculature and the volume they occupy, risks creating a flat ‘surface only’ illustration devoid of fidelity to the subject matter.
This is clearly not the case for Anthony Brandt’s work; his line and brush work conveys strongly both depth and volume, compelling the viewer to interpret other dimensions, both aesthetically and psychologically.
Many of Anthony Brandt’s sculptures are viewable at the Museum dedicated to his work in Brecon, Wales.