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Brandon Borgelt

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Sculptor Brandon Borgelt
Brandon working on Sitting Bull

About Brandon Borgelt

His passion to create was ignited once again and of late he has been focusing more on his creative side - having recently started to pursue his passion full time.
Sculptor Brandon Borgelt
Brandon unveils Fool Bull

Exhibition History of Brandon Borgelt

Adlou Art Gallery, Hartebeespoort, South Africa
Chris Tugwell Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
Dimitrov Gallery, Dullstroom, South Africa

Relaxing in the bush

Biography / CV of Brandon Borgelt

Brandon Georgette grew up in Johannesburg and always had a very keen interest in animals, collecting all kinds of weird and wonderful pets, from snakes to goats to monkeys. At the age of fifteen he moved to Durban where he worked part-time at the Dolphinarium and Snake Park. School was little more than an irritation that delayed him from getting on with what he wanted to do.

After school he spent two years in the army and then joined the snake park again. During this time he did a `sit-in` with 24 deadly poisonous snakes, as a promotion for the park. Six months later, restless and full of wander-lust, he took off for the bush where he was involved in a curio venture, game ranging at several private reserves, filming documentaries on lions and hyenas in Botswana and Namibia for National Geographic and the BBC, and eventually wound up managing the crocodile farm at Sun City for twelve years.

Eventually, feeling restless again and needing some new excitement, he joined a friend in a real estate development in the Kruger National Park. That didn`t get off the ground and he found himself back in Johannesburg where he started a small construction company which he`s have been running for the last five years.

To ease the stress of his long hours, Brandon started `messing around` with some clay, and shortly thereafter `Fool Bull` was borne.

Artist Statement of Brandon Borgelt

Over the past year Brandon Borgelt has been increasingly inspired to sculpt. The creative process is both challenging and therapeutic... a masterful teacher in many ways.
Commissions are welcome.

Influences / Inspiration of Brandon Borgelt

Around the age of 7, Brandon Borgelt came across a bronze Native American holding up a buffalo skull in prayer for his starving race. "I remember being totally mesmerized by the piece and scrutinised every inch of it.

I dreamed of one day being able to create something as beautiful, though at the time I felt that only some god-like being could possess the talent.

I found a creative outlet in photography and drawing and pursued a career in wildlife. For many years I felt really centred when I was behind a camera and then one day i visited a taxidermist who was busy sculpting a gorilla and I related the story of the Indian. After chatting a while she gave me a lump of clay and told me to see what I could do.

As I took my first tentative steps with this new medium, I found that kneading, pressing and forming the clay seemed to come naturally and I soon realised that this was the perfect way for me to channel my creative energy. Somehow using my hands to bring life to a three dimensional figure felt far more natural than trying to create an illusion of three dimensions on paper.

I created and sold a few pieces and then the world got in the way for a few years. Finally the urge to again create something powerful in bronze pushed to the surface and this time I found that everything just flowed, almost like an energy creating through me and "Fool Bull", a prominent Sioux warrior and Medicine man, was borne - working from a single photo taken well over a hundred years ago - into a figure that was cast in bronze and set on granite in testament to the lasting and profound influence that the Native American culture has had on the world.

Price Range of Work

Brandon Borgelt's work has a price range from £950 to £9,167

Mediums utilised

Brandon Borgelt's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Brandon Borgelt's work is found in the following categories on site:
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures (6)
African Animal and Wildlife Sculptures (6)
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures (5)
Nudes, Female Sculptures (4)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (4)
Animals in General Sculptures Statues (3)
Sign of the Zodiac (3)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (2)
Pet and Animal Portrait Custom or Bespoke or Commission Commemorative or Memoriaql sculpture statue (2)
Predators Carnivores Hunters Flesh Eaters Sculptures Statues statuettes carvings (2)
Indoor figurative sculpture (2)
Small Animal Sculptures (2)
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue (2)
Rhino and Rhinoceros Hippo and Hippopotamus sculpture statue statuette
Proud of Pride In Self Confidence sculpture statue statuette
Torsos Sculptures or Chests of Men and Women Females Girls Children Statues statuery statuettes
Cats Wild and Big Cats Sculpture
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture
Varietal Mix of Bird Sculptures or Statues
Human Figurative Sculptures
Variety of Emotional feelings depicted in Sculptures
Objects of desire Sculptures
Contemplative, Restful, Thougtful Sculptures
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues
Endangered Animal Species Sculptures
Cattle, Kine, Cows, Bulls, Buffalos, Bullocks, Heifers, Calves, Oxen, Bison, Aurocks, Yacks
Birds of Prey / Raptors Sculptures
Sensual Sculptures or Statues
Young Animal Bird, Reptile or Amphibian and possibly Insects Statues
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures
Torsos Chests Females / Women / Girls / Damsels Sculptures Statues statuary
Animal Birds Fish Busts or Heads or Masks or Trophies For Sale or Commission
Small / Little Figurative sculpture / statuette / statuary / ornament / figurine
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