Brett Weston's Wood Sculptures

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  1. Shawn Dougherty

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    http://www.ericawestoneditions.com/pages/sculpts.htm

    The above is a link to the most Brett Weston wood sculptures I've seen in one place, however the image files are rather small... It is his daughter's website.

    I've only seen one of the wood sculptures in person. It was this summer at the 3 Generations of Weston Show in Elkhart, Indiana. The owner of the sculpture also had the print from which it was derived. I've included a picture of me with them for scale, I'm about 6 feet tall. I was MUCH more excited than I look. :tongue:

    The best description I've read is in John Charles Woods' biography of Brett, A Restless Eye. You can find the book below, also through Brett's daughter.
    http://www.ericawestoneditions.com/pages/books.htm

    If anyone has further information about Brett's sculptures or links to better pictures I (and others I'm sure) would certainly appreciate you posting a link to them.
     

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  2. Jeff Kubach

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    Excellent work.

    Jeff
     
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    Shows that Brett Weston was more than just a great photographer. Nice Work.
    Thanks for the link
     
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    “I inherited a painting and a violin which turned out to be a Rembrandt and a Stradivarius. Unfortunately, Rembrandt made lousy violins and Stradivarius was a terrible painter.”
    Tommy Cooper

    Sorry, couldn't resist it on this thread title.
     
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    He was conspicuously influenced by all the natural driftwood and weatherbeaten cypress forms around his Pt Lobos etc. And his was one of the best silver printmakers who ever lived, whom I admire for burning some of his negs, so nobody else could print them - an anecdote for those of
    you who think the characteristics of the print are inconsequential. I could spot a small BW print clear across a room, even in the midst of prints
    by other famous photographers. They simply sung out with tonality. Wonder what the web will now do to destroy the craft of sculpture - 3D
    goggles will probably be the end of that art form.
     
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    Montery Museum of Art in 2002 published an exhibition catalog titled "In Pursuit of Form: Sculpture and Photographs by Brett Weston". The intro essay is by Mary Murray and the image selections include some comparisons between sculptures and related prints. Worth a look.
     
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    I've seen a fair number of em from back in my days doing gigs in the neighborhood.
     
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    Most are very bird like. Interesting.