The family business Demetz Art Studio was founded in 1872 under the original name of Vincenzo Demetz Figlio. After four generations it is now the leading industry in creating outstanding works of ecclesiastical art and has reached international fame.
Demetz creates the highest quality works of ecclesiastical art for religious institutions worldwide. When you purchase a Demetz work of art, you will have invested in an object that will last for decades and is well worth its money. The Demetz Art Studio is nowadays the only manufacturer in the world able to supply statues and other works of art in 6 different media, such as: wood, bronze, mosaic, marble, fiberglass & Dem-Art. Whatever devotional figurine you have, we can make it in almost every size and medium. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please call us at 1-800-522-2688
Woodcarvings are valuable for their timeless beauty, becoming more precious with age. Wood itself is loved for its warmth. The character of wood is always preserved whether left in its natural state or lightly finished in oil colors. The wood used to create our fine works is called Linden wood or also Lime wood ( Lat. Tilia spp.). We import it from Eastern Europe, cut it and kiln dry it as we need it, this way we are sure to use the best quality pieces. In spring Linden flowers are collected to make a very aromatic herbal tea. Linden wood is used for carving since it is not too hard, fairly white in colour and, when professionally dried, it does not make small cracks as pine wood does. In addition since we use just the "first bull", i.e. only the trunk to the first branches, it is without knots. Each statue is made out of different laminated wooden pieces. The same carving tools used a few hundred years ago are still being used by our talented sculptors. On the first carving stages the artists may use a larger cutting tool with a wooden hammer or in case of very large figures even a chain saw. The colours used by our studio are regular oil colours. Even if our statues look so polychrome, our artists use only 12 basic colours and mix them to obtain endless varieties, thus each of our works is even in its colouring unique.
Maintenance: Thanks to an opaque lacquer overcoat, simply dusting the statue with a soft cloth will suffice to cleanse it. If necessary, use sparingly some water with a mild soap detergent. Make sure to avoid any acid chemicals. Since wood is still a living material small cracks or splits can occur mostly caused by changing temperatures and humidity. These do not affect the value of the artistic object but makes it more precious with time.
Castings in bronze are probably the most durable art form in existence. Ancient bronze artefacts that are thousands of years old are still found in perfect conditions and put on display in museums all around the world. In order to make a bronze or aluminium statue a model in a 1:1 scale is need. All our standard figures can be cast in bronze or aluminium. We also create custom made statues, in which case we make a clay model that is destroyed once the casting process is finished. The finish on a bronze artefact is called the PATINA. It is given to bronze using a chemical or natural process, and it affects only the surface of the statue. Bronze will age gracefully with time and begin to darken due to the natural oxidation caused by the outside elements. Even with our bronze artefacts we work on order. Thus it is possible at the time of the order to choose the requested initial patina = finish as per our sample board, available at any of our authorized dealers. Some patinas change more easily and faster than others due to atmospheric conditions, acid rain, water that rests on the surface etc. The darkening process can only be decreased with proper cleaning and sealing. The Demetz Art Studio bronze and aluminium works have a clear coat of sealer, which can be either wax or lacquer to protect the surface. For long lasting artistic beauty we recommend cleaning and waxing at least once a year.
Maintenance : Using a vegetable brush with some water and a mild soap, clean the statue from pollution and remove dirt such as leaves or the “core sand” which at times comes from the inside of the statue and produces white spots. After cleaning the statue, apply some beeswax (look for products like Johnson’s Paste Wax or Trewax) with a soft brush to seal the statue again. Remember not to apply too much wax since it can come off or darken the statue. Let the wax dry properly and then rub the existing wax using a soft wool flannel cloth.