Jacob and the Angel

Carved Onyx

Josh was commissioned to sculpt his own version of the monumental Jacob and the Angel by Jacob Epstein. the original sculpture stands at over 3 meters tall and is on show in the Tate Britain’s permanent collection. The piece was commissioned by a collector of modernist artwork who wanted a version for his house. The original sculpture was carved from an enormous block of Fauld Alabaster from Nottinghamshire which is now incredibly rare. We eventually decided on using Macedonian Onyx for the reproduction, it is an incredibly hard form of marble, but shares a lot of the mesmerising translucent qualities as that of the alabaster.
The onyx was an interesting material to use, it requires a different process to most marbles which we would usually carve with chisels; the onyx was carved entirely using diamond tools.