About Ama Menec

I am a British based wildlife, feminist & historical sculptor mostly known these days for my bronzes.

 

As an artist and naturalist I'm deeply concerned about the war on the wild we are experiencing here in the UK. My animal sculptures focus primarily on threatened British species such as the badger and our massively hunted foxes, but I also celebrate our many successful re-introductions such as the Red Kites and the naturally self-recovered wild Buzzards. I am a passionate supporter of re-wildling and look forward to the day when we can all live in thriving and diverse ecosystems. If you are working on reintroductions such as the Lynx, please do get in touch! I'm working on a Badger Trophic Cascade, a stretching fox, a life sized kingfisher and a life sized mantling barn owl.

I try to express not just the beauty of each species I sculpt, but also to demonstrate something unique about that animal which sets it apart from other species. This can lead to some unusual poses, often drawing the eye to things rarely seen or never noticed.

A Spiny Seahorse with an electric blue glaze, all now sold.
Close up view of the head of a female Red Kite in patinated foundry bronze by west country sculptor Ama Menec

My sculptures are stylistically inspired by etchings, woodblock prints, early 20th century illustration and Art Deco stone carving. My earliest influences as a teenager were the Natural History, Archaeology and Anthropology museums of Cambridge. I work from life and from photographs, many kindly donated by friends who look out for or rescue local wildlife.

Two styles of Cycladic Heads, based on the Goddesses of the Cycladese

My figurative sculptures reflect a 35 year fascination with our earliest pre-history and of later Archaic Greek stone sculpture and also my time teaching Lesbian Herstory which included Regency legend Anne Lister.  I am influenced by early 20th century stone carving, the qualities of line and use of negative spaces, but coupled with the colour only really possible with patinated foundry bronze.

I am presently moving permanently into foundry bronze, so when my ceramic work is sold, it will not be replaced. Certain items are selling out fast, so let me know if a particular ceramic sculpture catches your eye, as it may not be around for long! 

Coat design used for my Anne Lister statue .jpg
Want more public statues of famous women?

Want a life sized sculpture or a bas relief of a famous lesbian, influential feminist collective or famous woman from your town?

I'm currently working on a public statue of the remarkable Anne Lister, but I'd welcome enquiries to make others too.

SERVICES

I can take payments via Sumup

at my studio or via PayPal online: Contact me if you are interested in a particular sculpture.

A stretching yawning fox work in progress to be cast in bronze later in 2019
Want a small or life sized bronze of British wildlife?

I'm working on several wildlife sculptures presently, but do email me with particular wildlife requests.

Or join my mailing list.

I may have something that fits what you are looking for!

Unit 7 Arts Collective at Coombe Park near Totnes, Devon.
Open Artists Studio!
See work in progress by myself and renowned potter
Lea Phillips

Studio Address:

From mid November 2021 our new address will be:

The Happy Crab Gallery,

20 Gloucester Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7AW

 

Mobile: 07943 803551

 Our studio will be open to the public approximately

11am - 6pm,

Thursdays to Saturday

and other times by appointment.


 Please phone first if

making a special journey!

We are 2 mins walk from the sea, and will have a more relaxed attitude to our opening times than we used to!