Arno Goossens makes powerful use of his talents as a biologist and artist in his bronze sculptures of animals. Having worked at a zoo inspired him to choose animals as a subject, and encountering them in a variety of situations increased his familiarity with them. That familiarity enables him to produce a strikingly lifelike recreation of every creature in his work, whether it is a bird engaging in balletic movements or a weighty, earthbound bull or elephant.
But realism is not his only goal. “It is not my intention to create an exact copy of the animal,” he says. Rather, he focuses on revealing “an interpretation of the animal and especially its behavior and movement.” Goossens constructs his sculptures through the lost wax method, and the handmade quality of each piece adds to its organic sense of texture and dynamic presence. Appreciating bronze as a “robust and sustainable material,” Goossens takes that quality and animates it with a surprising lightness, resulting in pieces that feel as if they are about to launch into motion.
Goossens was born in and currently lives and works in the Netherlands.