Beethoven in Blue
Bill Mack is the world’s preeminent relief sculptor
The relief form – in Mack’s case, primarily “alto relief” – originated in ancient temple friezes and marble sepulchers and is virtually nonexistent in galleries anywhere.
To excel in this exacting form, in which foreshortening poses daunting technical challenges, Mack is also a master draftsman. Each relief derives from painstaking studies of the foreshortened figure-a classic skill that is a major factor in to the quality of his reliefs.