Classical sculpture began with the cultures of Greece and Rome from 500bc to 200ad. It pursued ideals of beauty, harmony, and proportion, honoring the the human form. Classical art has served as a cornerstone of Western civilization, even as ideas of art shift and change over time.

Mike Leckie is one of the few American sculptors who follows the classical figurative traditions of the ancient Romans and Greeks. He works in various mediums including bronze, marble and colored stone.

His face is taking shape; those furrowed eyebrows are already there. I’ve been working on his eye lids and pupils, they need to be classical, yet modern; young, but driven; intent without being manic. All of those are very fine lines. His collarbones, shoulders, and neck are full of subtle detail, so it makes sense to save the straps of the shirt until last.”

Mike Leckie