Jeff Tritel Sculpture

Shore Leave

Shore Leave by Jeff Tritel

In the sculptor's words...

When I first started sculpting, some of the first figures I attempted were a sea captain, a fat sailor sitting on a coil of rope while playing a concertina and a tall rangy sailor whistling and dancing a hornpipe. They were cast in plaster of Paris and painted bright colors and not executed particularly well. They lived on the hearth of my mother's fireplace for many years and I liked them a lot. This is a sculptural do-over. Putting one sailor on top of the other makes it far more interesting compositionally, implies close friendship, and, perhaps, slightly drunken abandon.

When I first showed this piece to my wife, Bonnie, she said they were stacked. But she meant something quite different than what it would mean if I had said it. Of course, she was referring to stacking, one figure upon another. This actually has a long sculptural tradition, not so much in classical western art but in primitive and tribal art. (Think of totem poles.) I've always been attracted to these multiple figure images and love the power that they generate.

Bronze with patina, granite base
Edition limited to 100
Height 19.5"
Width 6"
Depth 6"
Weight 11 lbs.
Current Price $2,675
Copyright 2007

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