Tim Cotterill, the FROGMAN known for his frog collectables, has an uncontrollable passion for frogs. And only frogs. He loves everything about those bulgy-eyed beauties — their faces, their webbed feet, their springy legs and their antic nature. He incorporates every possible expression, contour, and subtlety of these amphibians into his green-enameled bronzes.
Growing up in Great Britain, he developed a lifelong love of things that go "jump" in the night. Says Tim, "As a little boy, I always loved looking for frogs in the fields of England."
Tim Cotterill apprenticed as an engineer intrigued with metalworking and soon became a master of metal sculptures. For the next ten years he created over a thousand bird and animal sculptures in metal, many of which were sold at Sotheby's.
Once he moved to Venice Beach, California, Cotterill discovered frogs as a sculptural form through which he could express his delightful sense of humor.
What makes Tim's frogs unique is that many bear human traits of different characters - a dancer, swimmer, the prince charming, etc. And these red-hot frogs are being snapped up by people all over the world, including many celebrities. Says Tim, "Muhammed Ali's wife collects them I've been told, Michelle Pfeiffer, David Hasselhoff, Whoopi Goldberg."
Priced from $400 to $8,000, Frogman's bronze frog sculpture is flying out of shops at a phenomenal rate of a thousand a month! Tim says "I'm feeding galleries in Singapore, Italy, Guam, Hawaii ... "
Since no two frogs are alike, the process is painstaking. Cotterill forms a pose on a wire frame. "Then I'll get car body filler and start laying it on and sanding it back until it builds and builds."
Finally when it's smooth enough, he sends it off to a foundry to be cast in bronze. And he has struck gold! His passion is now making this modest frogman a living. Guess all that daydreaming during school paid off.
Tim Cotterill's bronze frog sculptures capture the whimsical character, the jewel-like quality, and the pure JOY of these beautiful little creatures. "Through the centuries and throughout the world, FROGS have symbolized many things - Good Luck, Royalty, Fertility, Magic Potions, Energy, Charm, Indiscretion, etc., etc. In today's fast world, life sometimes becomes complicated and stressful. As you can see, my art is not. It's Elegant, Stylish, Whimsical, Unique, and is pure FUN! It makes people SMILE! When we smile and laugh it releases endomorphines all through our body and mind. The more we smile, laugh, and feel happy, the healthier we become.
"As children we were excited to see our first frogs," says Tim Cotterill. "They made us laugh when they jumped our way! We were curious about the strange way they felt; the odd way they moved and their simple contented look. I used to watch frogs at my pond in England, noting how each one had its own color markings, character, and even personality."
"Frogs are fun creatures! I have tried to capture their individual spirit; their fun and their joy. Life is fun! I hope my art brings more happiness and joy into your life."
— Tim Cotterill, The Frogman
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