Steve Glassborow | CHG Represented Artist
"Glassborow sculptures immediately command the viewers attention with striking imagery, forms and design. His sculptures often relate to an art deco form which has morphed into themes influenced by fashion, robotic figures and animals in recent years. He has developed the patination of the sculpture to an artform in itself." Mark Widdup.
About the artists
Steve Glassborow is a sculptor who presents human figures in a unique way. They are, at the one time, classical and abstract. It is almost as if his figures have chosen their relationship with their environment after an initial struggle to retain their integrity.
"I attempt to bend the traditional attitudes of the figure, while still retaining my view of an aesthetic balance," he says.
Born in Hammersmith in the UK, it was while studying Fine Arts at the Brighton College of Art that he realised he preferred the physicality and structure of sculpture to the discipline of painting. So began his journey with clay, developing the myriad of skills that are required to master sculpturing.
He travelled for four years exhibiting his work and releasing limited edition art deco and art nouveau figurines and lamps, both in the UK and in Australia. In 1983 he became a permanent resident of Australia.
For him, inspiration comes with a pose, an idea or a phrase and a context. In the beginning he develops his ideas on paper and experiments with the framework within which he can place his figures. He creates a scale drawing, from which he builds a clay original. By manipulating the figure in this way, he captures it in a blend of the real and the abstract. Once complete, a silicon rubber mould for the final piece is made, normally in bronze.
“I'm observing the clay as it changes the human form. I am fascinated with muscles in the physique," he says.
"Tea Bird" by Steve Glassborow
He draws inspiration from Greco-Roman ruins, art deco forms and contemporary abstracts. Stephen regularly exhibits and has public and private pieces in many countries including the USA, Australia and the Pacific Region.
"I search for ideas that toy with the concept of realism. Bronze is an intimidating material to work with, there is the inclination to take it too seriously.
I like my work to display two illusions. Firstly I like my pieces to appear light weight , and secondly they should be light hearted. In reality, neither are true."
CHG Directors Statement
Glassborow sculptures immediately command the viewers attention with striking imagery, forms and design. His sculptures often relate to an art deco form which has morphed into themes influenced by fashion, robotic figures and animals in recent years.
He has developed the patination of the sculpture to an artform in itself, which all happened by accident! The bronze foundry where his sculptures are cast, chose to have two workers do the finishing stages of the sculpture i.e. the patination. Unfortunately they had differing applications which resulted in Steve wanting to have more consistency of colouring on his bronzes! So the foundry asked Steve to visit and they would show him the process. This is history now as the artist has developed his own skill in this area. Hence we see a far more comprehensive colouring with subtle patina’s being evident today than the past.
This exhibition has the reintroduction of wall pieces, i.e. 2d panels made of resin, most suitable for inside or outside features ideal for courtyard or garden walls.
Sophistication is a word that comes to mind when describing his sculpture. Understatement alluring, fascinating and highly imaginative all are appropriate as well, which describes his sculpture. We often see a whimsical side within the artists designs and with this exhibition a good example is ‘Toy Boy’, a take off of Mickey Mouse, the Disney character. Steve manages to achieve his own slant on the figurative form.
Concepts or ideas for his sculpture are everyday for the artist, often finding their foundation in a title or an amusing group of words that Steve finds fascinating. They become the trigger for a design to follow.
Having followed his artwork for nearly two decades I have seen a massive transition in his design, never willing not to push the barriers of design. The design is one thing, and then the application for a bronze. i.e. how to make it and designing the necessary supports and structure for the bronze pour, a robust exercise full of pitfalls with complicated designs Steve produce. There must be and is a good working relationship necessary with the artist and the foundry.
Apart from this is the ‘risk aspect’ as a sculptor! With large material and production costs of bronze sculpture this is challenging for any sculptor. Steve has the balancing act managed well, however this is never an easy exercise. This aspect alone is a daunting one for any bronze sculptors.
I recommend this professional and active sculptor who possesses a vision and design that is of a world standard. We are fortunate to have a good association with the artist.
Steve is available for commission work via the gallery, please enquire if this could be a thought whether it be for private courtyards, interiors or commercial application.
- AMP Perth , WA
- SEDGWICK INSURANCE, Melbourne
- McDONALD'S GROUP, Sydney
- McDONALD'S GROUP, Melbourne
- KPMG PEAT MARWICK, Sydney
- REMY MARTIN
- PARK LANE Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
- QANTAS, Melbourne
- WALKER CORPORATION, Sydney
- STATE CHAMBERS, Sydney, N.S.W.
- CITY OF WHITE HORSE ,
- REGIONAL ART GALLERY, Melbourne .VICTORIA
- RANDWICK COUNCIL, NSW
- HILTON HOTEL, Seoul, Korea
- SHERATON ON THE PARK, Sydney
- ADELAIDE HILTON, S.A.
- ANA GROUP, Sydney
- FRANKSTON CITY COUNCIL, Victoria
- BANK OF NEW ZEALAND, Perth
- STAR CITY CASINO
- ROCHESTER HISTORICAL
- SOCIETY, Victoria
- MANLY REGIONAL ART GALLERY NSW
- McFARLANE BURNETT INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL RESEARCH, Melbourne
- SHANGRI-LA HOTELS, SHANGHAI & BANGKOK
- ST.GEORGE BANK , George Street, Sydney
- MARIST BOYS COLLEGE, Randwick, NSW
- APOLLO GROUP, Singapore
- PASIR RIS Centre, Singapore
- IMPERIAL HOTEL, Kuala Lumpur
- CROWN CASINO, Melbourne
- HILTON , Shanghai, China
- HASTINGS CITY COUNCIL, Victoria
- PORT JACKSON FINE ART Laguna Beach, USA
- MONARCH BAY DEV. Laguna Beach , USA
- WALT DISNEY Corporation, Hong Kong
MGM Macao, China
Lionel Rose Public Sculpture, Gippsland, Victoria
- June 1987: Melburnian Magazine
- November 1987: Melbourne Arts Magazine
- June 1987: Home Beautiful Magazine
- February 1988: Craft Arts Magazine
- February 1988: The Herald Newspaper, Melbourne
- February 1989: House and Garden Magazine
- April 1989: The Age Magazine, Melbourne
- May 1991: Corporate Office and Design
- October 1993: The Age, Melbourne
- June 1994: Dance Australia
- April 1994: The Age, Melbourne
Herald Sun, Melbourne
Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney ,The Australian
- July 1995: Craft Arts International Magazine Issue 34
- 1999: North Beach Journal - Issue 4
- Aug 2002: Belle Magazine
- September 2005: The Age
Sydney Morning Herald
- 2010: Herald Sun, The Age, The Australian
- 2011: Australian Art Review