Tag Archives: Sculptures in Private Collections

Millennium Fish

Granite: 2x3x1ft 0.25 ton. Location: Cramond Kirk Hall, Edinburgh. Gifted.

Millennium Fish

Ronald Rae has had the support of Cramond Kirk since 1989, providing him with an area to work in their grounds. Rae was delighted when he was asked to carve a sculpture to celebrate the new Millennium Kirk Hall.

“The ancient Christian symbol of the fish, Ronald Rae’s generous gift to the hall, provides an ideal focal point for the gathering area.” – the Rev Dr Russell Barr.

Young Bull

Granite: 6x7x4ft 3.00 tons. Location: Private collection, Peak District. Sold.

Young Bull

Carved in Dalbeattie granite, which is geologically a very interesting stone because of its varied colours, this work was inspired by cave art at Lascaux in France. The head is carved in deep relief whilst the body is etched on to the stone leaving much of the natural stone uncarved, allowing the stone to speak. Sited in a field with the cattle around it, is a perfect setting for this rugged work.

Highland Cow

Granite: 5x10x5ft 10.00 tons. Location: Isle of Eriska, Argyll. Sold.

Highland Cow

Carved expressively this powerful sculpture is the very essence a highland cow, bulky and brooding with huge horns and rhythmic hair covering its eyes.

Rae has taken the stereotypical image of the highland cow seen so often in art, and revitalised it in granite. The sculpture is sited on the Isle of Eriska and has two permanent friends – namely the resident donkeys that enjoy rubbing against the granite!

To see a short video about this sculpture go to Latest News on Video at the right hand column of this page and click on Ronald Rae with his sculptures on the Isle of Eriska.

Gethsemane

Granite: 6x4x3ft 3.00 tons. Private Collection. Shropshire. Sold.

Gethsemane

A spiritual and highly emotive work of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, depicting the moment he said “Take this cup from me.” The bent head and wrapped limbs represent everyone’s pain.

The carving of this sculpture was filmed by Steve and Carolyn Horn and shown on BBC and Grampian Television.

The sculpture was purchased from the Regent’s Park Exhibition.

John the Baptist

Creetown Granite: 7x7x3ft 4.00 tons. Location: In private collection. Oxon. Sold.

John the Baptist

Carved in silver-grey Creetown granite from the Solway Firth in Scotland, the sculpture depicts the monumental severed head of the biblical prophet. The scar on the cheek represents his pain. John the Baptist was purchased from the exhibition in Regent’s Park, London in 2002.

Wounded Elephant

Granite: 9x10x6ft 12.00 tons. Location: Private Collection. Oxon. Sold.

Wounded Elephant

When Rae found this stone in Kemnay Quarry in Aberdeenshire, he knew straight away it would be an elephant. It is significant that the drill hole in the stone is where the tusk would have been, also that a pink striation in the stone runs down from the eye suggesting a tear.

This work is Rae’s direct response to the plight of the African elephant.