Shakespeare by Tim Cotterill

Artworx Gallery are proud to reveal this new sculpture by British artist, Tim Cotterill. Tim is also know as the Famous Frogman, due to his stunning bronze frog sculptures, which are collected worldwide.

Through the centuries owls have become a powerful symbol of the wise, with their human-like faces with both eyes facing forward. In Greek mythology the owl was associated with Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, hence the term ‘wise old owl’.

Shakespeare - Bronze Owl Sculpture by Tim Cotterill

Shakespeare – Bronze Owl Sculpture by Tim Cotterill

Shakespeare is a special release as Tim Cotterill’s first pieces were based on owls, some of these pieces have even been sold through Sotheby’s. His very first bird sculpture was a welded steel owl back in 1972. It was a very simple design and over the following twenty years he perfected his skills. In 1998 Tim created his first stylised bronze owl named ‘Big Foot’ due to its oversized feet. Since then Tim has only released one other bronze owl sculpture who was named ‘Cromwell’. He was again incredibly popular and sold out quickly. The demand for his owl sculptures inspired him to create Shakespeare forming the start of his parliament of owls.

Shakespeare - Bronze Owl Sculpture by Tim Cotterill

Shakespeare – Bronze Owl Sculpture by Tim Cotterill

Originally from Leicester, bronze sculptor Tim Cotterill started his working life with a six year engineering apprenticeship, learning how to work with metal. Through this experience Cotterill developed his hunger for creative metalworking. He began creating custom-made motorcycles and trikes and developing his passion for metal sculpture. Cotterill now designs his bronze sculptures from his home in Venice, California.

Cotterill uses the lost wax technique to create his sculptures, a labour-intensive process invented by the Egyptians thousands of years ago. He begins with a conceptual sketch for each sculpture, from this a model is made, using metal as a skeleton and then sculpting clay for the overall refined finish. First a wax replica is made from the original sculpture, which is repeatedly dipped into a solution and dried for several days forming a strong ceramic shell. This shell is heated in the foundry to melt and drain away the inner wax, then molten bronze is poured into its place. The shell is then chipped off and sandblasted to reveal the bronze underneath. The bronze sculptures go through several smoothing and polishing processes before they are ready for the final stages. To achieve the vibrant colours Frogman sculptures are famous for, each one goes through several steps of hand applied colour patina to create the unique depths and richness of appearance. This process is all done by hand and no two sculptures are ever the same. Each sculpture is finally buffed and waxed by hand.

Shakespeare - Bronze Owl Sculpture by Tim Cotterill

Shakespeare – Bronze Owl Sculpture by Tim Cotterill

For more information please visit

Tim Cotterill at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively please ring 01952 820397 or email
Artworx Gallery, 67 High Street, Newport, Shropshire TF10 7AU.

Opening times Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm. Saturday 9am – 5pm. Sunday closed.

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