Gus Farnes is a British artist whose work explores the human condition. In response to geopolitics, the concerns of our times, people movement, alienation, the environment, he sculpts figures using materials selected from his local situation – remnants from a landscape, 3D printed patterns, found objects collaged, bound together, and fixed with wax on both an intimate and monumental scale and, by casting them directly to bronze, creates a body of unique work.
Gus cast his first bronze at the age of 16 which led him to Norwich School of Art in 2000. After leaving Norwich in 2004, he joined Sotheby’s as a graphic artist, where he learned more about art and the art market.
In 2016 Gus left Sotheby’s and London to pursue his practice as a sculptor, setting himself up in a studio and foundry located in Suffolk. His sculptures have been acquired for private collections throughout Europe, the US, Asia and Australasia.
Gus is one of the sculptors taking part in Sculpture in the Valley 2020. You can see more of his work at GusFarnes.co.uk
‘Man with hands in pockets’ is a unique bronze standing at 2 meters tall. “The sculpture is a scaled 3d print of a much smaller pice, the surface modelled with wax and combustible organic material gathered from the marshland surrounding my studio. Once finished the sculpture is cut into sections, an investment mould built and each section placed in a kiln where the combustible material is burnt out leaving a void to be filled with molten bronze.”