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Denise Murray

What is Cold Cast Bronze? By Denise Murray

Cold Cast Bronze is a way to own a bronze sculpture, at much less expense than bronze from a foundry.

The pieces are first modelled in wax or clay. A plaster mould is taken from the finished sculpture.

From this plaster mould a ‘master’ is cast in resin. After the master is sanded and smoothed a silicon rubber mould is made.

Instead of the traditional bronze, cold cast bronze is in the form of a fine powder. This is mixed with resin and painted into the silicon mould and allowed to catalyse.

The mould is then sealed and filled with resin. A sheet of lead is added to the final pour to add weight to the work – usually at the base for stability.

When the piece comes out of the mould it is sanded, the seams are filled with additional bronze resin and it is polished to bring the bronze to the surface.

It is then given a patina and a final polish by hand.

After a while, if the surface is dull it can be brought back by polishing with the finest steel wool (0000 grade) and a little brasso polish. These pieces are not lacquered.

Individual Exhibitions
2008 New Work Brisbane City Council Carindale
2007 New Works Neo Gallery Fortitude Valley
2006 Interiors Neo Gallery Fortitude Valley
2005 New Works Manly Gallery Manly, Brisbane
2005 Windows & Layers MLC Gallery Ultimo, Sydney
2004 Layers Neo Gallery Fortitude Valley
2001 Attitudes Trevenen House Gallery New Farm
1997 Survival Contemporary Art Centre Wolloongabba
1997 The Watchers Gilchrist Gallleries Fortitude Valley.
1994 Spiders Savode Gallery Gordon Park
1991 Through The Mist McWhirters Artspace Fortitude Valley
1989 Recent Works Valma Pugh Gallery Clayfield
Group Exhibitions
2009 Art and Jazz Greenslopes Hospital
2009 20th Anniversary APQ Waterfront Brisbane
2008 Black and White Manly Gallery QLD
2008 Stanthorpe Art Prize Stanthorpe QLD
2007 Warwick Art Prize Warwick QLD
2007-08 Sculpture ?07-08 Marks & Gardner, Mt Tamborine
2006 Abused Child Riverside, Brisbane
2004 Bush Children’s Waterfront Place, Brisbane
2004 St Margaret’s Ascot, Brisbane
2003 Abused Child Trust Riverside Center, Brisbane
2002 Pine Rivers Art Awards Brisbane
2000/01 Global Sculpture Awards Gold Coast. Brisbane
1998 Simbolica Smith & Stonely, Fortitude Valley
1997 Transcendental Security Fortitude Gallery, Fortitude Valley
Somebody Who Knows Metro Arts, Brisbane
Hanging By A Thread Doggett St Studio, Brisbane
Women’s Issues Albert City Council Gold Coast
1994 Sculpture Satellite Project Brisbane
Redland Shire Council Cleveland
Nouveau Interiors Brisbane
Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
Marriot Hotel Brisbane
Greenslopes Hospital Brisbane
2007-08 Finalist Warwick Art Prize
2007 Finalist Stanthorpe Art Prize
1996 Highly Commended Redlands Art Exhibition
1991 1st Prize Works on Paper Royal Queensland Art Society
1990 Highly Commended Redcliffe Art Society
1st Prize Portrait Redland Art Exhibition
1989 1st Prize Sculpture Redland Art Exhibition
1986 1st Prize Portrait Redland Show Society
2008 David Longlands Project Brisbane
2003 Four Mile Creek Hotel Brisbane
2003 Greenslopes Hospital Brisbane
2001 Liberty Stage 11 Gold Coast, Brisbane
1998 Marriott Hotel Brisbane
1997 Merthyr Village Centre Brisbane
Contemporary Sculptor’s Association, Victoria
Society of Sculptors
Queensland Artworkers Alliance


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