Commissioning a portrait sculpture is a time-honoured way to commemorate life’s special events. From a baby’s birth or milestone birthday to marking a significant anniversary or achievement, a sculptural portrait casts into memory important moments in a person’s life. A bronze portrait is a work of art steeped in hundreds of years of artistic tradition.

Commissioning a Portrait Sculpture

How much of the artist is in a portrait? How do you make a portrait of someone you’ve never met or don’t know? These are some of the challenges inherent in making a portrait. Understandably, there must be a sensitivity to the subject. Portraiture is not a genre. It is a way of thinking. Coming very close to someone else but staying outside of them at the same time.

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Geemon Xin Meng sculpts portrait bust.

What I am doing is projecting an idea about the person. The artist’s point of view is inescapable. I look for a general quality that goes through the individual while striving to make the portrait as individual and mysterious as the person himself. I am unveiling to the public the person’s private self.

If the subject is not available for sittings, I spend considerable time looking at photographs and video of him or her. Video especially gives me an understanding of the dynamic shape of the individual in three-dimensions. Close observation always precedes sculpting.

I am not interested in sculpting buttons and shoelaces and veins in forearms. These details are not necessary in bringing forth the individual’s character. My goal is to work within the tradition of classical sculptural language, of form and plane, to create a work of visual strength and power.

– Geemon Xin Meng

Other Commissions

If you have an idea for a sculpture you would like to have made, please contact us to discuss.

Commissioning a sculpture is an exciting collaboration between you and the artist. Call us to bring your creative ideas to fruition. All ideas are welcome.