Matt Gemmell [NM] : Portrait bust of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) [RA ca.1877-1907], 2022.
Matt Gemmell [NM]
Portrait bust of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) [RA ca.1877-1907], 2022.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Although unconventional today, Matt Gemmell established his career like many artists and sculptors of the past. Entirely through apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and first-hand experience he has developed comprehensive knowledge in the production of public sculpture. At the age of 17, he became an apprentice to commission sculptor Antonio Tobias Mendez at Pleasant Valley Studios. After 2 years, learning the fundamentals of figurative sculpture, he decided to follow the natural progression a sculpture takes in becoming bronze.
He dedicated the next several years to understanding and performing all stages of the lost wax process at New Arts Foundry in Baltimore, MD, beginning as mold maker and ending as metal finisher. In 2012, he moved to Brooklyn to work as a sculptor at Studio EIS. During his eight years in New York, he(among a team of talented artists) sculpted, fabricated, and facilitated the creation of over 200 life-sized figurative sculptures that now reside in museums, public parks, and institutions across the country.
In addition to full-time employment he has simultaneously worked for 15 years as a freelance bas-relief sculptor, averaging 25 portrait commissions per year. Today he work sin Washington, DC as a Portrait/Pictorial Engraver Apprentice at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, learning the art of intaglio through banknote engraving. Never one to rest on his laurels, Matt continually pursues new opportunities and regularly sculpts bas-reliefs, personal work, and portrait commissions from his home studio.