It's not the Gifts or Talents we have - it's how we use them.
Hello! I am Gene Phillips, aka "Grazi" (pronounced "gratzee"). Welcome to the world I created in my head!
I am on the lookout for models- for collaborations, to make their body impressions for special serious projects I have in mind, emotional images that could change the world!
Unless other arrangements are made, I pay you when the artwork sells.
Please let me know if you are interested in immortalizing yourself in these kinds of projects!
I am no longer Paying Models to pose for Lifesize Body Castings. (Very few exceptions
if You would like to Buy one of yourself-
Call me for Prices, and I will let You know all the possibilities!
LIFE SIZE CREATIONS MADE FROM YOUR BODY!
I love creating sculptural wall hung art! I sculpt by hand, on the wheel, or make impressions of models to create their exact features in plaster or fiberglass bronze.
I work in a casual atmosphere with the model -
and work to create some wonderful and inspiring artwork.
I evolved my style from traditional wheel thrown pottery
and eventually progressed to dramatic hand sculpted nude figures.
I am always driven to attain life-size realistic body definition and realistic skin detail.
I sculpt nudes from as small as 6 inch tiles in bas relief, and
on up to life size figures. Lately I have attempted to add clothing to the figures, for an optional effect.
See my Bio at www.sculpturesbygrazi.com
MODELS - THE TIME IS NOW! THIS CAN BE YOU!!
Life Size Bodycast Sculpture of Kelsie Leigh MM Model #659810
I CAN PRESERVE YOUR YOUTHFUL FIGURE - "IMMORTALIZE" YOUR BODY and FACE in this moment in time as a FULL SIZE REPLICA STATUE!
MM and Playboy Model Elizabeth Marx #1663877 recreated as a "Copper with Patina" Mermaid
Ladies and Men! Preserve yourself, your Wife or Girlfriend's amazing figure!
1. IMMORTAL LIFE SIZE CASTING OF YOURSELF! ONLY $350!
white plaster castings of your choice of :
1. face, 2. face-to-navel, 3. face-to-thigh, 4. neck-to-thigh, 5. back neck-to-thigh.
And if you want a Colored Finish, I can do BLACK, CAUCASION, STONE, or CRACKLE for an additional $75. and for a Bronze with patina finish, an additional $100.
2. I can carve A FREE SCULPTURE* from YOUR FAVORITE POSE - for 2 three hour, and 2 two hour posing sessions, 4 sessions total.
*I pay you also a percentage for sales of reproductions well!
***ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY***
Perfect Gifts I sell to forever capture important moments in time:
I will create exact replicas of:
1. BABY HANDS AND FEET (great Shower gift!)
2. LOVER'S HANDS- great for Wedding Gift or Anniversaries
3. PREGNANT BELLY CASTS
5. BUTT - WITH OR WITHOUT HANDS
6. BODY PARTS- use your imagination! Bookends,Paperweights, Framed art
7. THEMES such as Mermaids, Angels, Fairies, you name it!
8. Holding or wearing JEWELRY- KEEPSAKES -PROPS- For a price quote, message me here or email me at claycoins @aol.com
I can carve A SCULPTURE from your FAVORITE PHOTO (you would not necessarily have to be present) FOR $500.
I also do wheel thrown pottery upon request.
I have an extensive gallery of Art for Sale.
Visit my Website at sculpturesbygrazi.com (still under construction)
"Serene Siren" -Life Size bodycast Sculpture of Niki Vice, MM model, recreated as a "Bronze" Mermaid
THE PLASTER SESSION:
PLASTER BODYCASTING is the method I use to take an impression of your body pose and actually RECREATE YOU as a sculpture in detail and full size!
An exciting and unique experience is the only way to describe the process. For models to see themselves as an immortal sculpture is very rewarding! I also can give the sculpture a bronze finish and patina which makes the plaster/ fiberglass piece look like a real bronze statue- but is much lighter than bronze, and made TO HANG ON THE WALL!
Understand that modeling plaster is Not for everybody. Holding poses (called figure posing) is not the same as quick photo posing! It is very messy work, and your skin is covered with prepping and impression paste or plaster and all the materials needed to recreate your image. The process is "like a day at the spa" for your skin though from what I am told.
It is a laid back unique experience that takes a good part of the day. But you hold only a couple poses for not more than 40 minutes each.
We introduce, decide on a pose, take some in-house -pictures for proportional reference, and then get started. We prep your skin (and hair and face too, if we are recreating that), then you hold a pose (leaning or lying on an adjustable mat) as impression material is applied on you that picks up practically every detail of your skin. Then a plaster shell is applied over that. All in all, release creams, conditioners, plaster, clay, bandages, cotton, burlap, cheescloth, and bracing could be applied to you depending on the pose! Very messy process for sure!
After 35 to 50 minutes, we pull the whole thing off you and clean off any plaster left on you. If time permits, we can do a small one as well.
You then shower. I pour plaster or fiberglass into the newly created impression, and after drying a couple days, pull it all apart and... there YOU are... in "statuesque" form! A lasting image for the ages! (The original impression material quickly deteriorates and cannot be saved or re-used.) Then I finish detail it, and may "bronze" or paint it, or make additional copies.
Bring female chaperones but the male love of your life is welcome only at the start, not during the sessions. The Only male exception is Pregnant model escorts - and they are allowed to take lots of pictures!
** MODELS PLEASE ARRANGE TO HAVE A BACKUP CAR (PLAN "B") AVAILABLE - Thanks **
Due to costs of time to prep, and premix materials, and prepaying an assistant for the day, I truly need to HAVE MODELS SHOW UP. After 3 car mechanical breakdown Cancellations on the same day, in the last 7 castings projects, please...DEPENDABLE TRANSPORTATION IS A MUST.
BodySculpture Ongoing "Casting" Schedule-
Talena Corinne MM# 1455488 San Diego September 25
Mariah Victoria-Rose MM# 524059 Temecula October 23
Nikki Vice MM# 1756996 San Bernardino November 6
Lacheln MM#671776 Phoenix December 5
* Model Elizabeth Marx MM#1663877 Houston January 15
Joylyn MM# 151363 Los Angeles February 26
Frances Ber MM#1683947 San Diego March 19
Louise Mc Cartney MM# 1277598 Anaheim March 27
Kristine Adams (PREGNANT casting) MM# 795512 April 2
*Model Liz Ashley MM#26159 Houston April 22 , double session
Devin Marie MM# 507746 San Diego April 30
Chase Maxey MM# 2127482 San Diego May 14
Skyyflower MM#MM#1872700 Georgia (Reschedule)
PREGNANT Katy May MM#1917389 Yucca Valey May 28
* Model Jessi June MM#1430220 June 17
Sarah Jain MM#900278 Los Angeles July 16
* Playboy models - not that they rate any higher than anyone else really ,lol
You get the idea- no longer broadcasting my schedule- just know I've done a few!
** NOT OFFERING FREE CASTING ANYMORE. $350 BUYS YOU AN IMMORTAL CAST FOR YOU TO KEEP! **
Sweetcookies1987 MM#509176 Northridge CA. Future Schedule
Amanda Marie Bloom MM#1001801 Ranco Cucamonga Future Schedule
Shalee Holleman MM# 1245787 Desert Hot Springs September
Chase Maxey MM# 2127482 San Diego Reschedule
Dane Halo MM#1393247 Toronto, Canada Future Schedule
Mariela-IV MM# 1341356, Raven Le Faye MM#271876, Christina Maida MM# 1554568 Karrin Rachelle MM# 1183852 Anna Coquette MM# 741756
Alanna deLaterre MM#1843085 Jasmine Mendez MM# 730469 and MM friend Ally-O when opportunity knocks!
I sculpt models that intrigue me with their ATTITUDE AND CONFIDENCE.
When I sculpt, I am drawn to the mythological, the whimsical and the historical. Does the pose evoke strong Emotion? Does it capture the allusive feminine mystique? Is power captured in her flowing curves of feminine natural beauty to transcend and create feelings of "awe"?
Sometimes I am after a calm peaceful pose, or bold, allusive, playful- with motion caught in time. I love doing themes such as mermaids, and fairies, or do serious projects as well.
I prefer to paint, glaze, bronze or give the piece natural skin color to complement the nude state.
Sculptures not cracked or deformed by the process, become survivors - one of a kind- in beauty and character to be valued and appreciated for the ages.
I am forever learning, - chasing Perfection in the beyond -pushing forward and only glimpsing back!
The essence of my work is trying to achieve only a true reflection of what EVERY woman already has - and that is... God given natural, attractive, beautiful curves - Can this even be achieved by mere man? That is my goal.
In Art, the money hopefully pays for the time and materials, but advancing in ability to recreate your reality or inspiration is my true reward .
Artwork in my port is intended to display my developing talents and not necessarily for selling, but commissions are always welcome!
I study your pictures as my visual instruction material and creative advancement, for which I am immensely grateful! I will not sculpt a picture of yours nor publish my creations of you without your permission.
We are the clay in God's hands, and He made us and is proud of the Beauty He created in us. We are ALL a reflection of His beauty.
Life's "answers" and true meaning are hidden in the "curves"
Learn from takers.
PROGRESS = MISTAKES + DETERMINATION
Emotional Health = True Wealth
Don't do it... unless you give it your all!
It is Not Fair to judge a person... based only on his Last season.
No kind deed is done in vain.
I may be one person in this world - But I can be the world for at least one person.
It is a wonderful world, when others genuinely care
The Artist in the sky painted my Life and even with all the tragedy, he made a Masterpiece of my life and it was all so worthwhile to me! For that I am sincerely and eternally grateful!
Two men were walking on the shore conversing, and noticed all the thousands of starfish that had washed up on the beach that were dying. As they talked, one man bent down and picked one up and tossed it into the ocean. They walked a little further and he did it again. The other man said "why do you bother to pick up one and throw it back? There are hundreds of them- whats the use, what does it matter" the other man replied "its no big deal to me, but it matters the world to each one of them!"
I live in the California desert, I have 20+ years of ceramic and plaster art experience. I have worked with body and face castings now during the last 11 years. Trying to get better and better at it!
For fun, I am also a rock and roll drummer, having played in countless bands for also 20+ years, and I have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering that just hangs on the wall! I am Academy of Life Casting certified and a fairly accomplished ceramicist,blah blah blah lol.
I had a (way too expensive to rent) Gallery on prestigious El Paseo (Gems and Treasures) and presently have about 20 works of art hanging in several galleries in town and up in the mountains of Idyllwild. I have won a few ceramic competitions from my sculptures and my unique process of glaze techniques, which I stumbled upon out of years of failure!.
My "claim to fame" is that I have two of my 16 inch mermaid sculptures in the home of MICHAEL GODARD, the Most Popular and Best Selling artist- painter in the world today! And I had one of my pieces come in the back door of the NY Metropolitan Art Museum! Hey hey! but not one to boast! lol._____________________________________________________________
PROFESSIONALS THAT HAVE ALLOWED ME TO RECREATE THEM FROM PHOTOS:
Mosh Model #219654
SCULPTURE FROM PHOTO by Michael Woodward #128
Emily Addison Model #240590
SCULPTURE FROM PHOTO by Anthony Guerra #610863
Liz Ashley Model #26159:
SCULPTURE FROM PHOTO by VisualVenturi #497084
Katie Damron Model #807449
SCULPTURE FROM PHOTO
Melissa Trout Model #752466
SCULPTURE FROM PHOTO by Michael P. Randazzo
Kess M Model #
SCULPTURE FROM PHOTO
****MERMAID LIFE SIZE SCULPTURES:****
Andrea Yeager Model #1478970*
Incendiary Angel Model#326805
Nikki Vice Model# 1756996
xElizabeth Marksx Model# 1663877
(No Longer making these, but you might talk me into it!)
**PREGNANT TORSO/BELLY CASTS:**
Jodi James MM# 507013
Kristine Adams MM# 795512
Katy May MM#1917389
*LIFE SIZE BODY CAST SCULPTURES:*
too numerous to mention! but see my latest schedule!
Special thanks to:
Kelsie Leigh Model #659810
Annelise Marie Model #1303139
Miss Stefanie Marie Model #874944
Cindy Romano Modeling and Talent agency
CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS responsible for "molding" my talents!
Aryna Ryan, Creativity Instructor, mentor
Arnold Capitanelli, Singer, Songwriter, Composer and Playwright
David E Parvin MM #1141218 ALI, Master Sculptor, Teacher, Mentor
David Hanover, mentor, art critic
Mike Neal, and Faye Davis - Singers, Songwriters, Artists, Actor, Playwright
Ned Reidy, Spiritualist, priest, mentor and friend
Randy Caserta, singer, songwriter, Lead Guitar Rock musician and friend
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for list of phone numbers or drop me a line.
NOTABLE ART GALLERIES AND RECENT VENUES:
Grazi Gallery, Palm Desert CA.
P.S. Wine and Art, Palm Springs CA.
Gems and Treasures, EL PASEO Palm Desert CA.
De Luca Jewelers and Fine Art, EL PASEO Palm Desert
Gerry High Gallery, Cathedral City CA.
Dore's Art Garden and Metals Gallery, Mountain Center CA.
Angel and Nature Expressions, Idyllwild CA.
Naked Noodle Italian Restaurant, Indio CA.
College of the Desert Street Fair , Palm Desert
Palm Desert City Hall Artists Showcase
Soroptimist Club, Palm Springs
Desert Art Center, Palm Springs
Home Show, Palm Springs
Coachella Valley Arts Alliance
Kaleidoscope, Rancho Mirage, CA.
Palm Springs Art Center
AAA Home Care, Rancho Mirage
Riverside County Fair, Indio CA 14 awards and one Best of Show