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Marko Humphrey-Lahti

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2019

Foundry bronze with Prussian blue patination, mahogany wood base

Edition of 9

Dimensions: 42cm (H) x 18cm (W) x 13cm (D) / 16.5" (H) x 7.1" (W) x 5.1" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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This abstract sculpture was inspired by the varied sea life around the coast of Gozo, Malta. The original was carved by Marko in Tuscan Alabaster and later cast in Bronze by the Abercrombie AB Foundry in London, UK. It is a limited edition of 9 cast in Bronze. This is cast number 2.

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Born: 1957

Hometown: Beaminster, DORSET

Based in: Beaminster

Marko Humphrey-Lahti MRSS

Biography/CV

Marko learnt his initial stone carving skills on the Mediterranean island of Gozo, Malta and went on to study sculpting techniques at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. His sculptures are influenced by an innate respect of nature and observed facets of human emotions, moving comfortably between representation and abstraction. Through sculpting, he attempts to develop a visual communication between the onlooker and his sculptures, his works often emitting a spiritual calmness which reflects both his understanding and deep passion for the art of stone carving.

Ancient limestones and alabasters are given new life often sparking feelings of wonderment by the viewer. From the smooth and colourful seed forms he carves in Alabasters to his landscape and hugging couple figures carved in limestone and marble, his sense of abstraction continues to evolve.
Favouring the medium of stone, Marko also produces limited edition sculptures cast from his original works in bronze, aluminium, and composite metal and stone resins.

Marko exhibits his sculptures with commercial galleries and in group exhibitions both in the UK and Internationally. He has exhibited with the Royal Society of Sculptors, the Royal Society of British Artists and the National Society in London on many occasions. He has also exhibited his sculptures in Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Italy and New York.

Marko was an elected Associate of the National Society until 2006 joining past members including L.S. Lowry and Henry Moore. He was made an honorary member of the Fine Art Association of Gibraltar in 2006.
His sculptures have been shortlisted by the Royal Academy of Arts and preselected for the Threadneedle Art Prize in 2014.
Marko was elected a Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2009 and elected to the Cambridge Drawing Society in 2012.
His sculptures have been continuously featured and sold by Saatchi Art in Los Angeles since 2015.
He won the Cambridge Medical Communications Purchase Prize in 2012 and awarded the prestigious Brian Mercer Carving Residency in Italy 2016/17 through the Royal Society of Sculptors. He was selected to exhibit at the International Art and Culture Biennale, Rome in 2017/18.
His sculptures are widely collected and can be found in both public and private collections in the UK, Europe, Australia, China, Malaysia and the USA.

Artist Statement
“Sculpting for me is a passion, a way of life; a continual journey based on experience and experimentation. I marvel at the history of the stones I carve. Some of the limestones are around 200 million years old, other stones even older. I sketch my sculptural ideas in charcoal for it’s’ fluidity of expression and select my materials based on their inherent qualities. Most of my sculptures are produced by hand using traditional stone carving tools and techiques.

My inspiration to carve is fuelled by an internal drive to experiment with both shape and form. I am enthused by natural forms, landscapes, colour and the myriad facets of human emotions.”
Commissions

Marko has completed many private sculpture commissions in stone and bronze for clients in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Examples of his public sculptures can be seen in Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead and at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge


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