• indiana limestone
• 13” H x 8” W x 5” D (33cm H x 20cm W x 13cm D)
• private collection, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Michael Binkley was commissioned to carve a sculpture of a monkey for a patron, Ofelia as she wanted to give it to her husband, Chris as a special birthday gift to celebrate his Chinese zodiac sign.
Binkley carved the sculpture from a variety of limestone that is quarried in the sate of Indiana, USA. This particular limestone has been used for decades for architectural purposes, but it is also a wonderful sculpture medium. The sculptor felt the soft buff brown colour of the stone would lend well to the subject of a monkey.
Binkley composed the subject sitting on its haunches with its arms crossed on its knees. The index digit of the monkey’s right hand is curiously extended and pointing at the ground. The monkey’s tail rises upwards against its back and flicks mischievously behind its head. There is a cheeky smile on the monkey’s face. These elements were purposefully included in the composition, as Ofelia wanted to also celebrate the character of her husband.
Binkley created a silky smooth matte finish on the sculpture surfaces which is wonderful to the touch and gives the stone the ability to successfully hold shadow.