Photo by Ron Calamia

  William Ludwig’s work has been described by various critics as “realistic,” “surrealistic,” “classical,” and always “meticulously crafted.” His work is generally figurative, usually female, and features detailed, patined surfaces often contrasting with highly polished flat planes or draperies of metal. Ludwig uses some life casts in his work. He models directly in wax and uses the lost-wax method of casting, resulting in images very rich in detail. He variously uses fabric, clothing, headgear, helmets and armor to add movement and content to the pieces. The resulting heads, torsos and reliefs are elegant, graceful and beautifully crafted.

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