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Artist: Sculpture 

Michael Long

"My love of human anatomy has always been of great importance and each sculpture requires a huge amount of research."

More about Mike Long

The Talos Art Foundry is particularly privileged to cast all of Mike Long’s bronze sculptures, working closely with the artist to create many of the free-form structures which contain his signature athletic figures. We have travelled to his studio in Aquitaine, in the south of France, to mould a major piece for him, and look forward to his visits to the foundry, where he comes sometimes for several weeks at a time to construct and finish his intricate and finely balanced sculptures

Mike Long, a graduate from Goldsmiths University and later Head of Art at King Edward VI School in Southampton, has always had a passion for the art of anatomy and movement.  The inspiration for his work comes from his time spent with London Contemporary Dance and Ballet Rambert, where Mike observed the poise, balance and strength of the dancers.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in Mike’s spectacular sculpture of a male dancer, cast by the Talos Foundry last year, or in his newest piece, “Swimmers”, which will be amongst the large bronzes in this year’s Summer Exhibition. “Swimmers” has just been patinated after an epic fortnight spent building the sinuous reed structures which support two beautifully detailed free-divers. It’s an engineering tour de force as well as the culmination of many months of study and making – this is Mike at the top of his game.

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Mike Long and Pat colouring 'Swimmers' in the foundry.jpg
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