Sculptures by Grazi

Artist/Painter Male Palm Desert, California, US
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/clayartist09
Mayhem # 845157

About Me

Welcome!  I am Gene Phillips, aka "Grazi" (pronounced "gratzee"). "Thank you" for coming by my port!

Judging is best left to those living a perfect life- otherwise, let the rest of us artists evolve into what God wants to use us for- and not judge the artist for all his failures and mistakes and learning experiences along his or her way to great accomplishments.
It took these very experiences to bring him or her to the position where God can "breathe" into our work and make it profound for His vital purposes.


So, even though I do quite graphic nudes, it has honed me with confidence into wanting to do something to make me feel I have a real profound purpose in this world.
Please do not judge me, but only see my work as my path to hopefully extraordinary future work, for God to make Jesus known to this world - as strange as it may seem.

My focus is to "put into stone" so to speak, for the ages, the realization of what Jesus went through - both horrible blood red pain. suffering and death- and awesome pure white
happiness, joy and life forever.

My next serious project was going to be the portrayal of a brave Jewish girl from Auschwitz being hanged. But the recent Eclipse has changed my thinking and focus.
I am now concentrating on showing the second part of Jesus' story- His resurrection!
Just like the Eclipse, darkness then light-   


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My Art is unique in that I create works  that do not take up floor space but can be hung on a wall. I make impressions of models to create their exact features as a plaster, fiberglass or bronze sculpture.
I work in a casual atmosphere with the model - and work to create unique and inspiring artwork with body definition and realistic skin detail.

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REAL MODELS RECREATED IN PLASTER AND BRONZE - THIS CAN BE YOU TOO!
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Life Size Bodycast Sculpture of AlexisB221

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Life Size Bodycast Sculpture of Kelsie Leigh   MM Model #659810

"IMMORTALIZE" YOUR BODY and FACE in a FULL SIZE REPLICA STATUE!

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MM and Playboy Model Elizabeth Marx #1663877 recreated as a "Copper with Patina" Mermaid

   
I have an extensive gallery of Art for Sale.
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"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. For models to see themselves as an immortal sculpture is very rewarding! The finished sculpture can remain white, or skin colored, or, I can give the sculpture a bronze finish and patina which makes the plaster/ fiberglass piece look like a real bronze statue.

Holding poses (called figure posing) is not the same as quick photo posing!
First timers may be skittish, as it is a completely nude process, requiring hands on application of materials to your skin in all the areas where detail is to be replicated. The environment is peaceful and a female assistant is usually arranged,  me being the only male allowed.

It is a a process that takes a good part of the day, so it is better not to book anything for that evening. You will be asked to hold only a couple poses for not more than 40 minutes each.
After introductions, and Id check, I explain the procedure in detail and the release is signed. We decide on a pose, take some in-house reference pictures 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 hand 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, 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. If time permits, we can do a small test cast as well.
You then shower in the studio bathroom.  I pour plaster or fiberglass into the newly created impression, and after drying a day, 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 we do another pose.
After you leave,  I finish detail the artwork, and may "bronze" or paint it, or make additional copies.
Bring female chaperones if you like, but no guys allowed except at the start, but not during the sessions.  Pregnant models must bring an escort.

** MODELS MUST HAVE RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION**
Due to HOURS spent to prep, and premix materials, and prepaying an assistant for the day,  I truly need professionals that are serious about their profession and show up.
After 3 car mechanical breakdown cancellations on the same day, in the last 7 castings projects, DEPENDABLE TRANSPORTATION IS A MUST.
 
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BodySculpture  Models-
I have about 30 or so models I have recreated in some shape or form.
They are credited in the pictures so feel free to contact those doing body casts.   

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My Philosophy:
I sculpt models in poses that intrigue me with ATTITUDE AND CONFIDENCE.
When I sculpt, I am drawn to the mythological, the whimsical and the historical. I want to convey strong emotion in the piece. Does it capture the allusive human mystique? Does it capture the drama it represents? Power is captured  in the flowing curves of  natural beauty -as it exists in the realities of life circumstance.
The essence of my work is trying to achieve a true reflection of the human form.
   
I study model's ports as my visual instruction material and creative advancement, for which I am immensely grateful!
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Are we using our Special , unique and wonderful talents to enrich and promote a better World for our children to appreciate?

The exhilaration of the heights of success are finally realized only after they come from determination, and the perseverance through failure upon failure upon failure.

True Wealth is measured by the freedom from any anxiety

Don't do it... unless you give it your all

Dwell on a person's successes, not on their failures.

No kind deed is ever done without leaving some kind of indelible imprint

Be the world for at least one person.

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One of my Favorite Stories:
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- what's the use, what does it matter" the other man replied "its no big deal for me, but it matters THE WORLD to them!"   

We all matter. the unborn matter.  Even if there are millions of us on this planet, we all  bleed the same. And we all deserve eachother's respect and kindness- we are all in this soup called living- Its a huge gift. Why not make it the best we can for everyone?
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I live in the California desert, I have 25+ years of ceramic and plaster art experience. I have worked with body and face castings now during the last 12 years.
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, basically smart enough to work with you on my earnest projects!. smile
I had a 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! 

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! It's the story of my life- not quite as bright as some, - but with hard work, and a little luck- I can see the light! 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
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****MERMAID LIFE SIZE SCULPTURES:****
Andrea Yeager     Model #1478970*
Incendiary Angel   Model#326805
Nikki Vice             Model# 1756996
xElizabeth Marksx  Model# 1663877

**PREGNANT TORSO/BELLY CASTS:**
Jodi James MM# 507013
Jillian Wilkerson
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:
Faye Davis
Kelsie Leigh Model #659810
Annelise Marie Model #1303139
Miss Stefanie Marie Model #874944
Faye Davis*
Chambria Morrell*
Katherine Kay
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
Mike Neal, and Faye Davis - Singers, Songwriters, Artists, Actor, Playwright
Ned Reidy, Spiritualist, priest, mentor and friend
Email me at claycoins@aol.com for list of phone numbers or drop me a line.
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NOTABLE ART GALLERIES AND RECENT VENUES:
Thai Spa and Gallery, Palm Desert CA. 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.
Artspresso, Idyllwild
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

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