Using the ancient Lost Wax technique, Kris Copeland creates beautiful, thought-provoking sculptures.
Based in Broughty Ferry, Scotland, Kris produces bronze sculptures with a playful nature such as the literal take on a 'Gun Dog' and an explosion of butterflies from a gun which is so wonderful and whimsical. His work focuses on childhood experiences which explains the emphasis on animals and guns (a play on toy guns). All his pieces are playful yet they are also heartfelt and sincere. Kris has described his work as a take on, "love, loss and identity" which can clearly be seen with his 'Titantic Heart' sculpture. Kris's work also focuses on his love for the Scottish rural landscape and animal kingdom as seen with the tactile nature of his pieces, almost looking like they have been made from earth and soil, not bronze.
The Tool dog sculptures are formed from moulds made from redundant work tools using the lost wax process. The tools are given new life through creative play. The lost wax 'cire perdue' casting technique has been used since the times of the Celts to create bronze sculptures. The process involves duplicating a metal sculpture (often silver, gold, brass or bronze) by casting it from an original sculpture or organic specimen. Intricate works can be achieved by this method as seen with the attention to detail on Kris's sculptures.