Jim Clark Bronze Bust

Jim Clark bronze bust



This sculpture presented the same problem as Senna only more so. Jim Clark was a man of two distinct personalities. In the car he was decisive, relaxed, supreme in his confidence and a pure natural talent that meant he never needed to drive at more than nine tenths of his ability to humble the opposition. But out of the car Clark was a nervous, shy, nail-biting individual uncomfortable in the spotlight and struggling to make simple decisions like where to go for dinner or what film to see.

Over a period of about a year I made eight version s of Jim Clark. I had intended to portray him with that broad smile we see in so many black and white photographs but it never really captured the whole man. Then I tried a brooding approach but that made him too anxious and somehow fearful looking. In the end the excellent Video"Nine Days in Summer" came to my rescue. There is a slightly staged segment towards the end of the film where Clark visits Watkins Glen before the 1967 Grand Prix. Clark waking alone on the rain-soaked track is made all the more poignant because we know he is to die at Hockenheim only a few months later. He looks calm and a little preoccupied and I felt this would be an ideal moment to take my sculptural snapshot,

This cold cast Bronze Jim Clark Bust is made entirely by hand by sculptor Peter Close in his studio in Somerset.

Each limited edition sculpture is hand engraved by Peter with its own unique edition number and will come to you with a signed certificate of authenticity.

  • Height 30cm/12in
  • Weight 5 kg
  • Made of cold cast bronze
  • Limited to an edition of 650

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