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Dear <<First Name>>

With 2016 well on it’s way, I guess most of us are well into the swing of things at work, albeit our heads still slightly in holiday mode. It always takes me a good week or so to get myself into working mode after an epic fishing trip or holiday.
It’s been an interesting holiday for my wife Rena and myself…we’ve been ‘nesting’! In the next three weeks, Rena will be giving birth to twins! Both of us are us are still a bit nervous with the prospect of raising two little girls. We were planning to have one baby, but the universe works in strange ways and decided one is not enough! In retrospect, we are very blessed indeed.
I guess my fishing days are numbered for a while, but fortunately I did manage to squeeze a few trips in before home duties kicked in. I was fortunate enough to visit Gabon, in West Africa searching for giant tarpon that frequent these waters. Unfortunately massive tides and testing weather did not make things easy for us. We did however see some rolling ‘poons’ and managed to prick a couple, but no landed fish. That’s tarpon fishing for you…no wonder they are referred to as ‘fare weather fish’. All in all it was still a great trip, with Jack Crevalle, Senegal Crevalle and Cubera snappers caught on fly. The scenery was spectacular, with the surrounding jungle like skyscrapers around you and amongst many bird species, endemic African Grey parrots continuously flying overhead chatting away in French.
My last fishing trip was with a couple of good mates in the Northern Cape, South Africa, targeting the Yellowfish. This was absolutely epic dry fly sight fishing trip! We caught and released many of these beautiful fish in all sorts of different river conditions. A serious privilege to experience!
On the work-front, 2015 ended very well, with a large consignment of work being sent off to the Seychelles to be exhibited in some of the major hotels such as the Four Seasons and the Constance Lemuria amongst others.
Here are photos of some of the bronze sculptures completed.


Permit IV

Bronze on clear polished Perspex base
Limited edition of 15 casts
Size: 59cm x 63 x 31

Permit with Coral

Bronze on clear polished Perspex base
Limited edition of 15 casts
Size: 37cm x 14 x 43

Giant Trevally II

Bronze on clear polished Perspex base
Limited edition of 15 casts
Size: 68cm x 48 x 58

Bonefish Trio on Coral

Bronze with clear polished Perspex base
Limited edition of 15 casts
Size: 71cm x 27 x 68

Potato Bass Duo

Limited edition of 15
Size: 80cm x 37 x 95

Leaping Sailfish II

Bronze on Clear Perspex Base
Limited edition of 15 casts
Size: 41cm x 40 x 120

Over the past holiday season, I played around with some oil paint - something I haven’t done in ages. Here is one of my experimental paintings of a Permit.
I hope you all have a prosperous, happy and peaceful 2016 filled with love and good times!
Yours truly,
Chris Bladen
Copyright © 2016 Chris Bladen Sculpture, All rights reserved.

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