Like comedy, sculpture has long been a way for people to share stories. And few people have a more interesting tale to tell than the award-winning actor, musician and comedian Billy Connolly. Famed for his incredible wit, the Glasgow native, who retired from stand-up comedy in 2020, has turned his hand to fine art, with his Born On A Rainy Day collection bringing humour to homes since 2012.
To add to his portfolio of hand-signed limited edition prints, 'The Big Yin' has masterminded two new stainless steel sculptures. Inspired by two iconic, sold-out prints from his first-ever release, 'Walkies' and 'Pink Tie & Hanky' feature his signature anonymous figures, plus an adorable dog. Created from Billy's original drawings, they were cast in metal to reflect his past as a welder in the Glaswegian shipyards, and each sculpture features a cast of Billy's signature to signify his approval throughout the design process.
The original sculptures were created in clay, with Billy's detailed lines and patterns recreated by a specialist atelier team before being cast in stainless steel. The effects of light and shade, also known as chiaroscuro, are highlighted by the ridges and the reflection of light. Further details include the black granite base, hand-painted tie and pocket square, and contrast between the patterns and highly-polished areas such as the figures' miniature shoes.
Ahead of their official release this autumn, we are delighted to offer the set of two for a special price of £12,000 for a limited time. With each edition available in a select edition of just 195, we expect this collection to sell out quickly. To find out more or to secure your artwork, contact us.
Billy's past as a welder shares more in common with the art of sculpture than you may think. The use of a welding torch as a sculptor's tool was brought to light in the 20th century by the Catalan artist Julio González, an acquaintance of Pablo Picasso who came from a long line of metalsmith workers. In the 1930s, as new industrial processes like arc welding (using electricity to bind metal) were adapted for aesthetic purposes, welding was increasingly used for sculpture.
Other artists who use the welding technique for their original sculptures include Steve Winterburn, Roxy Winterburn, Frédéric Daty, Bob Dylan and Lorenzo Quinn. The transformative nature of metals - including brass, bronze, stainless steel, aluminium and copper - ensures that no matter the style of art, it makes an impact.
If you are lucky enough to own the sold-out print editions of 'Pink Tie & Hanky' and 'Walkies', Billy's new sculptures could add something special to your collection. Or pair with his new, more colourful limited edition prints for contrast.
Mixing 2D and 3D art adds texture to a room, balancing colours and shapes. As sculptures can be moved to suit your home décor, they can become an accent piece or central focus, introducing another dimension to your bookshelves, table or mantlepiece.
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