Nathan Scott

Saanichton, British Columbia

Nathan Scott

Featured Sculpture

Nathan Scott - The Pride of Lions (bronze)

A lovely play on words, the title of Victoria sculptor Nathan Scott's superb bronze on display this year is befitting of the cheeky verbiage. His sculpture magnificently and unabashedly displays the pride of "the king of the beasts" in all its finely detailed bronze beauty.

There is no denying the regal bearing and imparted majesty of Scott's lion. It is superbly sculpted, perched imperviously on its haunches looking as if it should be on a coat of arms, or in the courtyard of a great house in England.

The repose - to say nothing of the detail - Scott captures makes it so. Head erect and slightly declined, the lion king sits erect, stony-faced and impassive. A flowing mane parts the pert ears and drapes the powerful upper chest. His front legs are supremely muscled and ramrod straight, his tail coils languidly over his back paws.

There is great detail in Scott's lovely bronze, but more important and impressive is his innate ability to capture the being and bearing of his statuesque lion. The prideful, almost contemptuous look Scott bestows on him speaks volumes - in the animal kingdom all others are subservient, prey or unworthy. It is an amazing, stirring work made even more so by the bronze casting and rich patina Scott employs.

It is hard to comprehend he wasn't an artist from the get go, given his impressive and wide-ranging body of work. True though.

Scott lived an interesting life - aircraft engineer, gold miner, and bartender, among other working stints - in the ten years he spent in the Yukon Territory. It only improved though on his return to Victoria after realizing the northern lifestyle was too demanding.

He rekindled a long dormant artistic side, accepted the Lord into his life and married. It didn't happen all at once: rather, a natural forward progression that has worked out nicely. Now he is a full-time sculptor and foundry owner, living on a hobby farm with his lovely wife and five children in Saanichton, busy and quite content.

"It's funny how things evolve," he says. "I have no explanation for my artistic side coming to the fore, but I think a convergence of happenings must have made it so. It's almost like this was predestined, for that I am thankful."

A case in point is South Island Bronze. His foundry, and treasured employees Bob and Fred, happened because his sculptural output was outstripping the ability to have them cast on a timely basis. Solution? Start your own.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd own a foundry," he reflects. " But it happened for a reason, and I'm happy with where we are at. It's nice to control the process from start to finish, and be able to assist other sculptors. "Besides," he says with a smile, "the beauty of bronze is it lasts 10,000 years, so I'll leave a legacy!"

True indeed, his regal bronze displayed here will fittingly last (rule) a long, long time.

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