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CURRENT EXHIBITION

Preservation

ARTIST STATEMENT

This unique body of works, evokes a modernistic approach to Classical Sculpture, encompassing archaeology, conservation, ancient bronze casting techniques, and the replication of the patinas found on actual bronze and terra cotta artefacts recovered from areas of the Mediterranean dating back thousands of years.

The bronze and plaster sculptures are based primarily on the human form, modeled as gestured studies, that replicate ancient artefacts, unearthed from their natural habitats. They are reflections of the ancient classical Greek and Roman styles that narrate a sculptural beauty in a fragmented form. These fragmented forms denote time, revealing only traces of originally completed compositions, that have been un-earthed, treated and stabilized in their existing condition, and formally presented in an antiquated state.

Research on the terra cottas and ancient bronzes, which I began 10 years ago, was collected from visits to The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and recently, The British Museum in London, England and The Louvre in Paris. Visits to each of these art institutions was to study the corrosive state of actual artefacts and sculptures, which helped to aid in the research and development of patinas that are applied to each of the fragments to enhance their antiquated state.

These sculptures emulate the fragility of life and how the ancient cultures that created their art and artefacts, get lost in time through natural or man made disasters and as many of us take for granted, the environment that we inhabit, and the objects or possessions we value. Re-discovering the past, gives us greater respect and appreciation for whom and what surrounds us in the present.

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BIO:
In 1981 Brett Davis graduated with Honours from a three-year Special Art Program, Central Technical School, Specializing in sculpture. For over 25 years, Davis worked in all facets of bronze sculpture, from welding, fabricating, chasing, and fountain design. He specializes in the creation of historical and contemporary patina formulas for bronze and brass, for leading Canadian and International sculptors, galleries and museums.

AWARDS :
2007 Certificate of Recognition, Province of Ontario-Buxton Liberty Bell Project
2005 Ontario Heritage Achievement Award
2004 Special Recognition Award, Province of Ontario - Lloydtown Rebel Project
1998 Award Winner Colour and Form Society, Mississauga, Ontario
1997 Award Winner, Juried Mill Pond Gallery Show; Richmond Hill, Ontario
1981 Peter Haworth Award for Meritorious Achievement - Central Technical School
1980 K. A. Griffith Award;- Central Technical School; Toronto

HONOURS :
2007 Short listed, G.R. Cress Bird Bath Competition, Redwood, California, USA
2006 Part of advisory committee for the formation of arts group ASK, Art Society King
2006 Touring Exhibition, 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Theme,
Beijing, P.R. China
2006 First Elaborate Sculpture Exhibition, Specially invited artists,
Zhengzhou, Henan Province, P.R. China
2005 Part of advisory committee for creation of sculpture program at
Haliburton School of Art, Haliburton, Ontario
2005 Televised Interview with Dalian TV at Dalian East West Gallery,
Dalian, P.R. China
2005 Appearance on "Room to Grow" with Carson Arthur,
Garden Sculpture, Aug. 28, 2005
2005 Televised Interview with VR News Television, Barrie, Ontario
2004 Televised Interview with VTV (Vietnam Television), Hue, Vietnam
2004 The creation of a Sculpture: The Rebel Returns,
Video by Christopher Rowley
2004 Member of Royal British Society of Sculptors (ARBS ), England
1998 Member of Sculptors Society of Canada
2003 Two televised interviews with Changchun Television,
Changchun, P.R. China
2003 Participant -- International Sculpture Conference, Changchun, P.R. China
2001 Resident Artist, Holland Landing Public School, Millennium Project
Holland Landing, Ontario

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS:
2006-07 Buxton Liberty Bell, Commissioned by Buxton National Historical Site and
Museum, Buxton, Ontario (Commemorated at Queens Park Legislative
Building, Toronto, Ontario, Feb. 14, 2007)
2004 Governor Generals Horse Guard, Denison Armouries, Toronto, Ontario
2003 Lloydtown Rebel, Commissioned by Lloydtown Rebellion Association,
Lloydtown, Ontario
2003 Citizen of The Year Award, Lobby of Newmarket Town Hall,
Newmarket, Ontario
1999 The Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Award, Toronto Sunnybrook
Regional Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario
1996 Two Angels" - Pine Hills Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario
1995 The Lester B. Pearson Award" National Hockey League Players
Association, The Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto, Ontario
1993 The Fallen Policeman, Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission,Toronto, Ontario

PUBLIC ART & COMPETITIONS:
2005 Prince Edward Island Service Memorial Fountain, Competition, Charlottetown, PEI
2004 Hue Sculpture Park - Hue, Vietnam
2004 Haliburton Sculpture Forest - Competition - Haliburton, Ontario
2003 King City Public Library - Schomberg, Ontario
2003 China Changchun Museum - Changchun, P.R. China
1995 Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre - Toronto Ontario
1998 Newmarket Public Library - The Bowman Collection - Newmarket, Ontario
2000 Newmarket Town Hall - Millennium Sculpture- Newmarket, Ontario
2001 China Changchun World International Sculpture Park - Changchun, P.R. China

SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUMS:
2004 3rd International Sculpture Symposium, Hue, Vietnam
2001 Changchun International Sculpture Symposium, P.R. China

TEACHING:
2006 Sculpture, Haliburton School of the Art, Sir Sandford Fleming College, Haliburton, On
2005 Patinas on Bronze & Brass -- workshop,
Dalian Jinhe Bronze Works Art Foundry, P.R. China
2003 Patinas on Cementisious & Gypsum based Materials – workshop,
City Sculpture School, Toronto, Ontario
2001 Art Welding, Central Technical School, Toronto, Ontario
1988-95 Painting & Drawing, Central Technical School, Toronto, Ontario

PUBLICATIONS:
2007 Special Feature on Ponds, Homemakers Magazine
2006 Garden Great Rooms, by Lorraine Mennen
2006 Garden Statuary (American Magazine), Water Garden News
2005 Garden Sculpture, Home & Décor Magazine
2004 3rd International Sculpture Symposium, Hue Vietnam
2001 China Chungchun International Sculpture Symposium
Collection of Works

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
Leonardo Galleries, Toronto, ON
The Robert Mede Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Art Works, Vancouver, B.C.
Ethel Curry Gallery, Haliburton, Ontario