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Color on Sculpture

Most people do not think of color when they think of a sculpture. Often, the image that comes to mind is one of a Remington statue in a heavy brown shoe-polish like finish.

The white Elgin Marbles of ancient Greece, as well as the bronze sculpture of classical Greece, were in fact brightly painted by their creators.

Indeed, color on sculpture has had a long tradition in history.

Hoofbeats by Star Liana York
Imperial by Star Liana York

"I have found using a broad palette of color to enhance and accentuate my sculpture intriguing. Whether just pushing the patina possibilities using paints or the combination of patina and paint, color has expanded the impact of my work."


Heat and chemicals are used to create a variety of colors on a bronze, including the brown shoe polish-like finish. The color on a bronze sculpture is known as patina.

Star is widely recognized for her creative use of patinas on her work.

Numero Uno by Star Liana York
Numero Uno
Gathering the Flock Monument by Star Liana York
Gathering the Flock Monument

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