WINNER - Highly Commended, Rookwood Stonemasons Award
Winged Lion, 2023
Sydney Yellow Block Sandstone
About the Artist
G'day, my name's Dan Kilminster. This is my carving of a winged lion. It is an original design inspired by a number of gothic carvings, including the Lucerne Lion and the many winged lions associated with Venice. The sculpture is intended to be a part of a capital or frieze. The carving process was quite intimidating as it is by far the most complicated carving I've ever attempted.
I began by making a number of maquettes and using those to work out the dimensions and to begin the marking out process. From there, it was a process of cutting the stone down to size, roughing out the main features, fine tuning the layout, and then adding detail. Carving this stone has been a very interesting experience, as it was my first time carving anatomical features.
The head and mane was particularly intimidating, and I struggled to commit to carving it, although I am quite pleased with the result.