Long fascinated by the brilliant spectacle of Cirque du Soleil, Richard MacDonald has brought sculptures to life that have the intrigue, allure and beauty that has made Cirque du Soleil an international phenomenon. He is the first and only sculptor given behind-the-scenes access to Cirque du Soleil, allowing him to capture the beauty, athleticism and spirit of the performers. In working directly from the performers from “O”, Richard MacDonald has found inspiration for a series of unique works. “Guardian” reveals the strength and individuality essential to the formation of celebrated performer Stephan Reynolds in his character role as “Le Travesti.”
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.