Presented is an original bronze Western wildlife sculpture by American artist Mark Hopkins. The bronze is titled “Instinct” and depicts two expertly sculpted wolf heads. Using the involved and lengthy method of lost-wax casting, “Instinct” captures the intensity of the wolves’ focused, expressive gazes. Stacked and connected, the sculpture expertly plays with negative space and scale, as a rocky base twists and flows into the chest of the first wolf. The bronze is signed and dated in the mold to the back of one of the wolves.
Artist Mark Hopkins (American, b. 1965 ) is inspired by the majesty of wildlife and mankind's interaction with nature. He creates limited-edition bronzes that evoke “a sense of awe and respect for the mysteries and loveliness of the world around us.” A master of the lost-wax casting tradition, Hopkins’ bronzes have been called “bronze in motion” for their fluid look, which often appears to display natural beauty in defiance of gravity.
Captivated by form and design, Mark has created a signature sculpting style resulting from decades of study. Encouraged by parents and teachers from an early age, Mark's unique talent developed alongside his technical skills of sculpting and casting. As an artist, Mark is constantly challenging himself to render the rich beauty of life and the deep emotion of the human soul into flowing sculptural form, noting "I strive to express beyond the image, to catch spirit, to reveal deeper emotions, and to share joy."
Collectors of his work include Barbara Mandrell, Clint Eastwood, Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, George and Barbara Bush and a host of other luminaries and corporations including the National League Association of Baseball Club Owners, the Atlanta National Golf Club, Humana, Coca-Cola and others. Each Mark Hopkins sculpture is crafted with pride in the United States.
Very good condition. Cast bronze, patinated. Patina is rich and dark black and brown. No apparent restorations or breaks. Signed and dated in the mold to the back of one of the wolves, “Mark Hopkins © 98.” Dimensions: 15 1/2" H x 12" W x 11" D.