Bird II, is a large and powerful bronze by Cornwall based sculpture Terence Coventry. Illustrating Coventry’s intuitive ability to capture an essence of animal vitality with his characteristic use of...
Bird II, is a large and powerful bronze by Cornwall based sculpture Terence Coventry. Illustrating Coventry’s intuitive ability to capture an essence of animal vitality with his characteristic use of faceted form and beautiful surface texture 'Bird II' captures a split second of suspended animation in which the bird has either landed or is about to take off, revealing Coventry's remarkable ability to translate visual experience into material form with elegance and precision.
Terence Coventry’s natural talent was recognised from an early age and he gained early admittance to Stourbridge School of Art where he was taught by Keith Leonard, who had been one of Barbara Hepworth’s studio assistants. He went on to study at the Royal College of Art but after his request to change from the painting to sculpture course was refused, Coventry left London to establish a career as a farmer on the South Cornish coast. The power behind Coventry’s sculpture is his strong affinity with the subjects he creates and his work is rooted in a strong figurative tradition. His sculpture explores the animals familiar to him from his years farming such as birds, bulls, cows and boars, eloquently capturing their ruggedness and gentleness, their movement and behaviour. Inspired by Marino Marini, Giacomo Manzu and Lynn Chadwick, Coventry works in a range of materials from ferrous concrete and steel to bronze and silver whilst also being a skilful draughtsman and printmaker.
With its powerful character and form Bird II would be a wonderful addition to a garden or courtyard.