Considered by many to be one of the most iconic works in the collection, Butterfly, Half life represents the culmination of two decades of work by the artist. This introspective and emotional work addresses the cycle of life through the metamorphosis of the butterfly. Combining the use of texture, patina, and the baroque spiral, MacDonald constructs this unique story. With his hands and arms forming an abstract butterfly, the mime becomes the butterfly and in releasing the butterfly symbolically sets himself free.
In the spirit of sculpture by Botero, Maillol, and Matisse, Richard MacDonald’s Blanc Noir series focuses on form and the intrinsic natural beauty of the sculpture without the distraction of color and pattern. The pure play of light over white caresses the form in all its subtleties, while the black absorbs the detail, creating mysterious shadows and focusing the eye on the overall silhouette. The artist selects only a handful of sculptures from his overall body of work for the Blanc Noir series. He then creates the smallest editions in his repertoire so as to ensure the uniqueness of each piece and captivate the most astute collector.