Bronze Sculpture as an expressive medium is viewed here according to recognized standards which have been established since earliest human civilization.


Dryad with Dove of Pleiades

 

Echo and Narcissus

  Calypso on the Dolphin of Poseidon   The Hippopotamus of Nefertiti   ( Patina Version )   The Hippopotamus of Nefertiti   ( Painted Version )
 Graeco-Roman   Egyptian



Mythological
 Sister of the Sea "Bronze"  Sister of the Sea ( Stainless Steel )





 GRAECO-ROMAN

 The Nymph Trilogy
 Created by American artist David John Mega, the Nymph Trilogy celebrates the glories of Graeco-Roman mythology through the depiction of each of the three orders of nymphs: the rock nymph; the wood nymph; and the water nymph.These sculptures are inspired by the subject matter of classical myths and conceived in the tradition of Renaissance Italian bronze minatures of the 15th and 16th century. These works exemplify a vision compounded of realism and antiquarianism, fantasy and myth, each subject having its own imaginative power and dramatic eloquence.


Dryad with Dove of Pleiades - nymph of the woodlands with daughter of the Heavens

Echo and Narcissus - Tragic tale of jealousy, revenge, undying love, and self-destruction

Calypso on the Dolphin of Poseidon - wistful farewell to love

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 Dryad with Dove of Pleiades  Dryad with Dove of Pleiades


 The Dryads were nymphs of the woodlands, their lives bound up, literally, in the trees of the forest. Each Dryad's life was entwined with that of a single tree, born as it sprouted, dying as it died. The oak was particularly sacred to them and to Circe, their protectress. In this sculpture we see a Dryad, half human and half oak, offering a resting place for one of the Pleiades, the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione changed first into doves and then into a constellation by Zeus to escape the relentless pursuit of Orion, the Hunter. Bronze/investment cast, approximately 275mm high including oak base.
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 Echo and Narcissus  Echo and Narcissus


 Symbolic of the high price of love, the story of Echo and Narcissus involves tales of jealousy, revenge, undying love, and self-destruction. Echo is doomed by Hera only to repeat what is said to her, never to speak on her own. Later, she falls in love with the self-absorbed Narcissus. Prevented by her curse from initiating conversation, she can only repeat his words of rejection. Yet, Narcissus pays a high price for his self-love. Espying his own image in a pool of water, he is transfixed by his own beauty, incapable of tearing himself away. At last, he is transformed into a flower, uttering his final words, "Farewell, Farewell", which the distraught Echo can only repeat. This sculpture depicts that final moment as Echo laments her love's disappearance in his own last words even as his image fades in the pool at her feet. Bronze/investment cast, approximately 250 mm high including granite base.
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 Calypso on the Dolphin of Poseidon  Calypso on the Dolphin of Poseidon


 A tale of unrequited love is envoked in this sculpture, that of the sea nymph Calypso, ruler of a remote Aegean island. Calypso rescues Odysseus from the tumultous waters and falls hopelessly in love with him. For seven years, she showers upon him all the bounty of her island kingdom, withholding nothing save the one thing for which he wishes most, his freedom to return home. Finally, bowing to the command of Zeus, whose will none can defy, Calypso grants Odysseus his wish, helping him to build a raft and providing provisions for his journey. This sculpture depicts Calypso, perched upon a dolphin, speeding Odysseus on his way. Bronze/investment cast, approximately 300 mm high including crystal base.
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 EGYPTIAN

 The Hippopotamus of Nefertiti
 We in the modern age tend to view ancient Egypt as one culture in one time frame when in truth it was a multifaceted and varied culture lasting thousands of years with each era being expressed in its own manner. Here in the concept of "The Hippopotamus of Nefertiti: can be seen the blending of different and distinct religious beliefs brought together in one artwork. Yet the patina version of the piece contrasts sharply with the painted bronze version eliciting an emottional impact which goes far beyond visual. The former projects the feeling of innate strength which stands aloof from human frailties while the latter projects an immediate intimacy thus giving life to an inanimate object.
 The Hippopotamus of Nefertiti   ( Patina Version )  
 The Hippopotamus of Nefertiti
 ( Patina Version )


In the hands of the Ka, rests a cartouche which reads Queen Nefertiti's name in hieroglyphics. She is invoking her own personal power and that of the Aten, the life-giving sundisk, symbol of the god, Amon Re. She is also petitioning the aid of Tauret, the hippopotamus-like goddess revered by the common people as the giver of fertility and childbearing. All of this power is focused toward the goal of receiving a male heir for the hierarchy which she and King Akhenaten have established. At her feet lies a Hippopotamus created in glass, a revered and precious commodity in ancient Egypt. Through the depth of the crystal image we see a black pool. Black represents life and birth to the ancient Egyptians because it is the color of thr rich, dark soil deposited on the fields each year by flooding of the Nile. Bronze/investment cast, approximately 285mm high, base 210mm x 345mm (patina version)



 The Hippopotamus of Nefertiti   ( Painted Version )  
 The Hippopotamus of Nefertiti
 ( Painted Version )

Here we see Queen Nefertiti with the various religious symbols of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt. It is rendered in bright polychrome paint on cast bronze, utilizing the methods and colors of 5,000 years past. Bronze/investment cast, approximately 285mm high, base 210mm x 345mm (painted version)
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MYTHOLOGICAL

 
Sisters of the Sea

The Ocean and its inhabitants .. .. mysterious, surreal, otherworldly. We come to the Earth's edge and the line of demarcation becomes liquid and all we know and all we feel as land creatures evaporate into a state neither solid nor gaseous. Another World - almost another time.

The Sculpture ' Sisters of the Sea ' by artist David John Mega attempts to capture the mystery and illusion of our other Sister World, by presenting the subjects in different forms. Timeless sculpture is traditionally seen as bronze - the introduction of crystal glass to represent the diaphanous texture of water is readily apparent. The Marble upon which the sculpture rests is a remnant of the Ancient Sea itself. Then - enter the new age of stainless steel and iridescent crystal and the timeless theme is born anew.

Art, mystery, ageless subject matter combine with elements both old and new to form the basis of the artwork " Sisters of the Sea ''
 
 Sisters of the Sea "Bronze"  
 Sisters of the Sea
 ( Bronze )
 SISTERS OF THE SEA

The Breath of Neptune
Ignites the Depths.
Spreading Life.....
Through the Crystal Waters.
Touching the Liquid Life ...is life,
Above, below, all around
Is the Domain of the sea God.
Upon the surface of the water
Ride the Sisters of the Sea.
Sea maiden and dolphin,
Sharing what can be shared
Of thought and feeling.
Riding the Crystal Wave
Through the Realm of Neptune
And Human Imagination... Forever.
 
 Sisters of the Sea ( Stainless Steel )  
 Sisters of the Sea
 ( Stainless Steel )


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