Denis Mitchell 1912-1993
T00890 Praze 1964
Polished bronze, 75½ x 11 x 11 ¼ (191.7 x 28 x 28.5).
Presented by Mr. J. L. Johnson 1966.
The artist wrote (23 September 1966) that he had worked for three months on this, the second cast in the edition (Cast No. 1, in aluminium, is in the collection of the Leicestershire Education Authority; Cast No. 3 is in bronze). He added (letter of 20th February 1967) that ‘Praze’ is ‘a variation of a theme that I have been working on since 1959, and is... a very important sculpture in my development as it has in my opinion almost succeeded in completely expressing my preconceived idea, which is very rare... my sculpture is cast rough in solid metal by the simple commercial sand casting technique and then I work on them, first with grinding wheels, then files and finally to get the exact form I need I rub by hand with abrasive papers, and then polish them; this is the reason I work in solid metal so that I can carve the shape out of it and so make it as near perfect a form as possible... all my sculptures in an edition are slightly different.’
Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1966–1967, London 1967.