Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament

Chris Bladen Golden Fly Tournament

Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament

I really enjoyed creating a new sculpture of a tarpon that will be used for the annual Golden Fly Tarpon Invitational Tournament in Florida, USA. The tournament has been using my sculptures as first prize for angler and guide-to-angler for a number of years and I feel honoured to be the supplier once again. Well done to the winners and thank you for your ongoing support.
I also created a small tarpon pendant for the Ladies’ Tarpon Tournament that was used in their silent auction in aid of a charity organisation.

Tarpon Study
Edition: 20
Size: 21 x 27 x 62cm

Experience the World of Fly Fishing (EWF)

Chris Bladen Fly Fishing

Experience the World of Fly Fishing (EWF)

In April I attended and exhibited some of my sculptures at EWF, Europe’s premier fly-fishing expo, which is held in the village Fürstenfeldbruck, 32km outside Munich.

Munich was a wonderful experience – such a well-organised, beautiful city, and I especially loved seeing all the public sculptures in and around the city centre. The show organisers, Robert and Michaela Stroh and their entire family, made me feel like family too and helped me set up my stand and unpack my bronzes. The venue, an ancient cloister, was the perfect setting, with a little stream
flowing through the beautiful manicured gardens.

It was great to meet fly fishers from across Europe and make new acquaintances. The feedback on my work was much more than I could have hoped for and I sold out my jewellery range before the show was even halfway through.

I’ve committed to joining the team next year for an exhibition. This time, I’ll take the family along and hopefully get to do a bit more exploring of Germany, Austria and Slovenia – and perhaps even cast a fly in some of those famous rivers!

Above are some of the trout sculptures I exhibited.

Trout Study – Stainless Steel
Edition: 15
Size: 42 x 14.5 x 24cm

Brown Trout Study
Edition: 20
Size: 30 x 12 x 21cm

Eco-Logic Awards 2019

Chris Bladen Brown Trout

Eco-Logic Awards 2019

I was one of 15 artists invited to create artworks inspired by their love and concern for the natural world. The exhibition aimed to speak to current environmental issues and raise funds for the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

The exhibition was featured at the prestigious Eco-Logic Awards held at Sun International’s Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town on World Environment Day. Afterwards the exhibition was showcased at The Studio Art Gallery in Simon’s Town.

I chose the brown trout as subject as it is a classic freshwater fish that has been iconic amongst the salmonid family for hundreds of years. It is a fish that needs clean, cold, well-oxygenated water and has a low tolerance to polluted water systems. Global warming, heavy metals, plastics and antibiotics are increasingly posing a threat to our wild fish population. I hope to inspire an appreciation of the beauty of our marine and bird life, and the desire to respect and conserve them.

Riverdance – Brown Trout
Edition: 15
Size: 55 x 28 x 79cm

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