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, Castle Fine Art are offering 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, these are expected to sell out quickly. To find out more or to secure your artwork, contact Castle Fine Art here
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