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Model Mayhem #:
845157
Last Activity:
Feb 26, 2021
Experience:
Very Experienced
Compensation:
Depends on Assignment
Joined:
Oct 16, 2008

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About Me

Welcome!  I am Gene Phillips, aka "Grazi" (pronounced "gratzee"). "Thank you" for coming by my port!

With 30 models successfully sculpted, I have now completed 5 full size mermaids, and continuing focusing on more serious and dramatic sculpting. Historical figures such as  Jesus, on the Cross, and presently working on the Resurrected Christ, both in completely unconventional portrayals but using real people!
I am always searching for thought provoking figures.
I am open to all ideas.


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My Art is unique in that I create works  that do not take up floor space but can be hung on a wall. I make recreations of models with their exact features, in plaster, fiberglass or bronze sculpture.
I work in a casual atmosphere with the model - and work to create unique and inspiring artwork of true body definition and realistic skin detail.

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REAL MODELS RECREATED IN PLASTER AND BRONZE - THIS CAN BE YOU TOO!

Life Size Bodycast Sculpture of AlexisB221


Life Size Bodycast Sculpture of Kelsie Leigh  MM Model #659810

"IMMORTALIZE" YOUR BODY and FACE in a FULL SIZE REPLICA STATUE!



MM and Playboy Model Elizabeth Marx #1663877 recreated as a "Copper with Patina" Mermaid

 
I have an extensive gallery of Art for Sale.


"Serene Siren" -Life Size bodycast  Sculpture of  Niki Vice,  MM model,  recreated as a "Bronze" Mermaid


THE PLASTER SESSION:
PLASTER BODYCASTING is the method I use to take an impression of your nude pose and actually RECREATE YOU as a sculpture in full size and detail!
It's an exciting and unique experience for models to see themselves as an immortal sculpture and its' very rewarding! The finished sculpture can remain white, or skin colored, or, I can give the sculpture a bronze finish and patina which makes the plaster/ fiberglass piece look like a real bronze statue.

Holding a pose for sculpting is more difficult than photo posing!
Products are hand-applied to your skin in all the areas where detail of the nude is to be replicated.  Because of this, I explain the process in complete detail and have you sign an Agreement /Release allowing me and my female assistant to touch all areas of your body that will be recreated. The environment is peaceful, and the model actually has a fun time. I would be the only male present. I video the session for everyone's benefit, but do not use it for any purpose except reference, if needed.

It is a a process that takes a good part of the day, so it is better not to book anything for that evening. You will be asked to hold only a couple poses for not more than 40 minutes each.
After introductions, ID check, and complete understanding of what to expect, we decide on a pose, take some in-house reference pictures and then get started.
We prep your skin (and hair and face too, if we are recreating that), then you hold a pose (leaning or lying on an adjustable mat) as impression material is hand applied on you that picks up practically every detail of your skin. Then a plaster shell is applied over that. All in all, release creams, conditioners, oils, plaster, clay, bandages, and bracing could be applied to you depending on the type and size of sculpture needed! Very messy process for sure!
After 35 to 50 minutes, we pull the whole thing off you.
You then shower in the large studio bathroom.
I pour plaster or fiberglass into the newly created impression, and after drying a day, pull it all apart and...  there YOU are... in "statuesque" form! A lasting image for the ages! (The original impression material quickly deteriorates and cannot be saved or re-used.) Then we do another pose as time permits.
After you leave,  I finish detail the artwork, and may "bronze" or paint it, or make additional copies.
Female chaperones are welcome during session, but guys allowed only before or  after session.  Pregnant models must bring an escort.

** MODELS MUST HAVE RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION**
Due to HOURS spent to prep, and premix materials, and prepaying an assistant for the day,  I truly need professionals that are serious about their profession and show up.
DEPENDABLE TRANSPORTATION IS A MUST.
 
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BodySculpture  Models-
I have about 30 or so models I have recreated in some shape or form.
They are credited in the pictures so feel free to contact those doing body casts. 

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My Philosophy:
I sculpt models in poses that intrigue me with ATTITUDE AND CONFIDENCE.
When I sculpt, I am drawn to the mythological, the whimsical and the historical. I want to convey strong emotion in the piece. Does it capture drama or passion? Does it reflect the true flowing curves of  natural beauty?
The essence of my work would be to achieve a true reflection of the human form.
   
I study model's ports as my visual instruction material and creative advancement, for which I am immensely grateful!
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Are we using our special, unique and wonderful talents to enrich and promote a better World for future generations to appreciate?

The exhilaration of the heights of success are finally realized only after determination, and the perseverance through failure upon failure upon failure.

Be the world for at least one other person.

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One of my Favorite Stories:
Two men were walking on the shore conversing, and noticed all the hundreds of starfish that had washed up on the beach that were dying. As they talked, one man bent down and picked one up and tossed it into the ocean. They walked a little further and he did it again. The other man said "why do you bother to pick up one and throw it back? There are hundreds of them- what's the use, what does it matter" the other man replied "its no big deal for me, but it matters THE WORLD to each one of them!"
So...be the world to at least someone. 

We all matter. the unborn matter, the aged matter.  Even if there are millions of us on this planet, we all  bleed the same. And we all deserve eachother's respect and kindness- we are all in this soup together. Out of all the times to be alive, we are sharing it with those who are also lucky enough to live during our lifetimes. We uniquely have each other, Living - Its a huge gift. Why not share... and care... and make it the best we can for everyone?
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I live in the California desert, I have 25+ years of ceramic and plaster art experience. I have worked with body and face castings now during the last 12 years.
For fun, I am also a rock and roll drummer, having played in countless bands for also 20+ years, and I have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering that just hangs on the wall! I am Academy of Life Casting certified and a fairly accomplished ceramicist, basically smart enough to work with you on my earnest projects!. smile
I had a Gallery on prestigious El Paseo (Gems and Treasures) and presently have about 20 works of art hanging in several galleries in town and up in the mountains of Idyllwild. I have won a few ceramic competitions from my sculptures and my unique process of glaze techniques! 

My "claim to fame" is that I have two of my 16 inch mermaid sculptures  in the home of MICHAEL GODARD, the Most Popular and Best Selling artist- painter in the world today! And I had one of my pieces come in the back door of the NY Metropolitan Art Museum! Hey hey! but not one to boast! It's the story of my life- not quite as bright as some, - but with hard work, and a little luck- I can see the light! lol._____________________________________________________________

PROFESSIONALS THAT HAVE ALLOWED ME TO RECREATE THEM FROM PHOTOS:
Mosh Model #219654
SCULPTURE FROM PHOTO by Michael Woodward #128
Emily Addison Model #240590
SCULPTURE FROM PHOTO by Anthony Guerra #610863
Liz Ashley Model #26159:
SCULPTURE FROM PHOTO by VisualVenturi #497084
Katie Damron Model #807449
SCULPTURE FROM PHOTO
Melissa Trout Model #752466
SCULPTURE FROM PHOTO by Michael P. Randazzo
Kess M Model #     
SCULPTURE FROM PHOTO
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****MERMAID LIFE SIZE SCULPTURES:****
Andrea Yeager    Model #1478970*
Incendiary Angel  Model#326805
Nikki Vice            Model# 1756996
xElizabeth Marksx  Model# 1663877

**PREGNANT TORSO/BELLY CASTS:**
Jodi James MM# 507013
Jillian Wilkerson
Kristine Adams MM# 795512 
Katy May MM#1917389

*LIFE SIZE BODY CAST SCULPTURES:*
too numerous to mention! but see my latest schedule!

Special thanks to:
Faye Davis
Kelsie Leigh Model #659810
Annelise Marie Model #1303139
Miss Stefanie Marie Model #874944
Faye Davis*
Chambria Morrell*
Katherine Kay
Cindy Romano Modeling and Talent agency 


CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS responsible for  "molding" my talents!

Aryna Ryan, Creativity Instructor, mentor
Arnold Capitanelli, Singer, Songwriter, Composer and Playwright
David E Parvin MM #1141218 ALI, Master Sculptor, Teacher, Mentor
Mike Neal, and Faye Davis - Singers, Songwriters, Artists, Actor, Playwright
Ned Reidy, Spiritualist, priest, mentor and friend
Email me at [email protected] for list of phone numbers or drop me a line.
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NOTABLE ART GALLERIES AND RECENT VENUES:
Thai Spa and Gallery, Palm Desert CA. Grazi Gallery, Palm Desert CA.
P.S. Wine and Art,  Palm Springs CA.
Gems and Treasures, EL PASEO Palm Desert CA.
De Luca Jewelers and Fine Art, EL PASEO Palm Desert
Gerry High Gallery, Cathedral City CA.
Dore's Art Garden and Metals Gallery, Mountain Center CA.
Angel and Nature Expressions, Idyllwild CA.
Artspresso, Idyllwild
Naked Noodle Italian Restaurant, Indio CA.
College of the Desert Street Fair , Palm Desert
Palm Desert City Hall Artists Showcase
Soroptimist Club, Palm Springs
Desert Art Center, Palm Springs
Home Show, Palm Springs
Coachella Valley Arts Alliance
Kaleidoscope, Rancho Mirage, CA.
Palm Springs Art Center
AAA Home Care, Rancho Mirage
Riverside County Fair, Indio CA 14 awards and one Best of Show