Lionize is a series of bronze casts of paintings . The backs of the waxes are hollowed out by hand, leaving grooves from the artist's  hands and fingernails. During the pour, the bronze is adulterated with melted historical metals such as antique silver teapots, gold wedding rings, soldiers' and lovers’ lockets, spent bullets from times of war, and metal scraps from other sculptures. Leftover bronze is saved from earlier pours and reintroduced, resulting in a bronze alloy that contains more and more precious metal impurities over time. They are patinated through exposure to the elements.

Most works in Lionize are in editions of up to three, six, or twelve pieces. If the mold used to produce the wax form of a piece breaks or is lost, no new mold will be made and the edition will be considered complete at the number of bronzes produced.

This is a continuing series begun in 2016 and currently includes 14 works. These works are for sale. Contact for inquiries.

Lionize I: Reveal

2016

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

25 x 20 x 2 cm / 10" x 8" x 0.75"

3.5 kg / 7.75 lb

edition of XII 

Lionize II: Self Portrait

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

40 x 30 x 2 cm / 15.75" x 12" x 0.75"

9 kg / 20 lb

edition of XII

Lionize III: Treasure

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

31 x 36 x 5.5 cm / 12.25" x 14.25" x 2.25"

10.5 kg / 23 lb

edition of XII

Lionize IV: Counterfeit

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

19.5 x 17.5 x 3 cm / 7.75" x 7" x 1.25"

1.5 kg / 3 lb

edition of XII

Lionize V: Prize

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

60 x 45 x 2.5 cm / 23.75" x 17.75" x 1"

27.25 kg / 60 lb

edition of VI

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Lionize VI: Valdrada Fruit

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

25 x 20 x 4.5 cm / 10" x 8" x 1.75"

3.5 kg / 8 lb

edition of XII

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Lionize VII: Espero Pati

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

10 x 8.5 x 2.5 cm / 4" x 3.5" x 1"

0.5kg / 1.25 lb

edition of XII

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Lionize VIII: Unseeing

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

45 x 36 x 3.5 cm / 18" x 14" x 1.5"

7.25 kg / 16 lb

edition of XII

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Lionize IX: Gaze

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

20 x 25 x 2 cm / 8" x 10" x 0.75"

edition of XII

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Lionize X: Nostalgia

2018

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

 13" x 8" x 2"

varied edition of III

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Lionize XI: Nostalgia ii

2018

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

 14.5" x 8" x 2"

varied edition of III

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 Lionize XII: Hammam

2018

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

 6" (diameter) x 0.25"

edition of XII

 

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photos by Keenan Orrange