One of the great tuskers of the Thembe Elephant Reserve, South Africa.

Dimensions: 86 x 25 x 55 cm

Roy Sarkin is a bronze wildlife sculptor based in White River, South Africa

Roy is a sculptor, artist and Master Goldsmith, and is one of South Africa’s finest craftsmen.

His fine attention to detail and artistic creativity produces bronze sculptures that take one’s breath away!

Roy decided, after many years as a jeweller, that he would like to try his hand at sculpting.

A client asked whether Roy would be interested in making a sculpture for him – if he liked it he’d buy it. Roy said if the client didn’t like it he’d keep it for himself. Although he’d committed himself, Roy didn’t actually know anything about sculpture. In true DIY spirit, he went about acquiring the skills to create sculptures. He read books and spoke to people who did know how to create sculptures.

The first step was to make an armature – wire and mesh frame – on to which wax is packed. When the wax is roughly the required shape, sculpting the required shape can begin.

The first attempt was not good enough for his own high standards so he trashed it and began again. Roy’s second attempt was far superior to the first. He took the finished wax to the client, who was so thrilled that he told Roy to go ahead and cast it.

From there Roy has progressed to immortalise some of Kruger Parks famous tuskers and wildlife.

Roy welcomes commissions and will make your favourite animal in any pose you like.

The Missings Collection by Roy Sarkin

This collection was born out of a cauldron of loss.

Since I was born in 1950, Painted Wolves (Wild Dogs) have decreased in Africa from roughly 500 000 to about 5 000, a loss of 99%.

Lions in the same period have gone from also about 500 000 to less than 20 000 left in the whole of Africa. The list goes on and on.

The missing parts of these bronze sculptures (hence the name The Missings) represent three things.

Firstly, the missing parts represent the animals, birds, insects etc. that we have lost already and continue to lose at an alarming rate.

Secondly, the missing parts represent mans loss of a connection with nature.

Thirdly, the parts remaining of the sculptures represent the fauna and flora that are still extant and need to be preserved at all costs.

A percentage of all sales will go towards the wildlife causes that we support and donate to.

Here's What Customers Say About Roy's Sculptures.

Dr David Balfour MBE, UK

“My wife and I have been travelling to Hazyview in South Africa every year for 14 years and have a great love for the magnificent wildlife of Kruger National Park. On our first visit we discovered Roy’s shop in white River and bought our first bronze of a buffalo. We were so impressed by the authenticity and attention to detail, that we had to have another one.”

Every year a visit to Roy’s shop is an essential part of our trip and we now have a growing collection, that is much admired by family and friends. We will be back, and look forward to seeing what is new.

Our Collection:

Franz & Carolin Hagemann - African Sky Hotels

We’ve been visiting the Lowveld for a number of years now and ever since we discovered Roy’s shop at Caster Bridge we always stop to visit Roy and Debbie.

Roy creates the most beautiful and natural-looking bronze sculptures and each time we visit, Roy has created something even more beautiful.

It is always a pleasure to chat with Roy and Debbie and admire his work and buy a new piece for our growing collection.

Sculpture of Mandleve by Roy in the Elephant Hall Museum at Letaba in the Kruger Park

Sculpture of Mandleve by Roy in the public area at the luxury Makanyi Lodge in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve adjoining the Kruger Park