Richard MacDonald has always been intrigued by opposites and he has the range to be able to create both sculptures of delicate, archetypal femininity and powerful, athletic masculinity. In Doves, Half life, we see the combination of both: the softness and delicacy of the female and the strength and power of the male. In this work MacDonald employs effective use of the Baroque Spiral to achieve wonderful movement – the piece seems to ethereally take flight creating a passionate image of love and devotion. Originally inspired by the Bolshoi’s performance entitled “The Doves', MacDonald's interpretation brings classical ballet into heartened focus.
Warm, silvery, and rare, the platinum patina of this distinctive series by Richard MacDonald creates a play of light that heightens our sense of the underlying sculpted form. Contemporary in conception and limited to editions of only eight, with some works featured as one-of-a-kind, this body of work reveals the essential beauty of the human form. As mercurial as human nature itself, light glances off the platinum creating dramatic shadows that seem to strengthen form and enhance the sense of life captured by the artist.