Released as a numbered & signed limited edition of 100 bronze castings
My bronze sculpture of a Striped Marlin leaping into the air came about as a result of the very successful watercolour painting called "Spat the Dummy" which I did as a limited edition, now sold out. The picture was featured on the cover of NZ Game Fisher magazine, Volume 2 Issue 1, and some of the prints were sold through the NZ Big Game Fishing Council to benefit the NZ Marine Research Foundation. The opening article was written by Jeff Romeril, and it was his wife who grabbed the chance to reserve the number 1 bronze for him when I mentioned my intention to do the sculpture.
Not too long afterwards, I was asked to produce a larger, one-off version for the Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers' Club at Tutakaka, as the key trophy for their Millennium Tournament. This trophy was to remain on display in the clubrooms but each member of the winning team was presented with one of the limited edition bronzes.
(three views of the sculpture)
Edition limited to 100 numbered and signed castings
Size: approx. 345mm high x 225mm x 210mm including fins (13 1/2" x 9" x 8 1/4")
"Tail Walking" was modelled in wax with great attention to detail, the pose of the marlin inspired by what I had previously done in the painting, shown below. I even worked out a way to ensure the stripes would carry through in the casting process. We have figured the bronze looks most effective presented without any sort of plinth, as you can see in the photos.
"Spat the Dummy"
(sold out edition)
The most recent game fish artwork I have completed is a much larger bronze, around a metre long, of a Black Marlin powering up out of the water through a school of yellowfin tuna.
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