“An appreciation for beauty is simply a stirring of the soul – seat of the deepest emotions, the soul is nurtured by beauty” – Eleanor Cardozo
Eleanor Cardozo is one of the most exciting and intriguing artists currently on the scene. Over the last 20 years her work, including sculptures and paintings, has been exhibited in the likes of St Tropez, Monaco, Paris, London and Dubai, her inimitable style enthralling audiences each time.
An international sculptor, Eleanor is renowned for the precision and finesse of her bronze sculptures and for her dedication to raise the quality and beauty of contemporary art. “Beauty speaks to the senses; it nurtures the soul and lifts the spirit. Artists have a duty within society to raise the quality of artistic skill and subject matter; to inspire and speak to our capacity for delight and wonder. The art of a nation reflects its society, which is why the role of the creative artist matters so much.”
For the London Olympics, Eleanor created a collection of bronze gymnasts, ranging in size from miniatures to monuments. As a former gymnast herself, Eleanor has first hand knowledge of the skill and discipline involved and of the highly trained anatomy of the professional gymnast.
In January this year, Eleanor dedicated her 3-metre sculpture at Heathrow Terminal 5 to top British rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones, to raise awareness of the immense talent and grace of our gymnasts. Eleanor’s limited edition collection to commemorate the event prompted high demand for display at various locations across the world.
Understanding the important role of the creative artist within society, Eleanor’s vision for a united world is intrinsically connected to the Olympic philosophy. The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world through blending sport with culture and education.
The second of ten children, Eleanor was born in London but spent her early childhood in Africa and Malaysia. She was classically trained in sculpture at the City and Guilds in London and in portraiture at the Cecil Graves Studio in Florence.
Encouraged and disciplined by her parents to master the creative arts, she was influenced from an early age by the Great Masters, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello and more recently by Richard MacDonald, sculptor of the Cirque du Soleil in California. She was just 16 when her art master noticed her strong use of lines and form. He encouraged her to create her first sculpture, a portrait bust of the school priest. From this point on, she never looked back and continues to find that creating something beautiful out of a mass of clay remains the most fascinating, challenging and satisfying form of art.
Eleanor’s most enduring source of inspiration is the human being: its inner and outer beauty, its spirit, its intelligence and its limitless capabilities. She celebrates the beauty of figurative sculpture and considers the human form the greatest artistic challenge.
REALISATION OF WORK
The process of each work of art takes up to twelve weeks to create. Working from live models, sketches, photographs and film footage. Eleanor flew to America to find the Olympic rhythmic gymnasts she needed as models for her collection.
Eleanor is involved in every step of the creative process, from its first conception to the final sanding, polishing and patina. Her finished pieces are among the most beautiful, intricate and meticulously conceived sculptures on the market today.
Described by one of her collectors as “the greatest unexploited talent in the fine art world today“, Eleanor is renowned for the delicacy and precision of her work. The price of limited edition sculptures have more than tripled over the last five years, making a sound investment for early collectors.