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In portraiture, to capture a likeness is only one aspect of Cregeen’s exploration. He aims not to assiduously and academically copy the formal features but to use the material and its tonal contrasts to create effects of light and shade within the structures of head and face. Without this essential spirit portraiture remains lifeless, with it portraiture has a power of its very own.

His major effort centres on expression; taking the measure of his subject and rendering those qualities which identify the final image uniquely and characteristically with its model conveying in the finished bronze a representation of the sitter’s personality.


( From Lois Katz DAVID CREGEEN-HIS WORK.1988)

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