Tim Cotterill, FROGMAN, is world famous for his bronze frog collectables. He has an uncontrollable passion for frogs and loves everything about them — 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 colorful enameled bronzes....
Tim Cotterill, FROGMAN, is world famous for his bronze frog collectables. He has an uncontrollable passion for frogs and loves everything about them — 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 colorful 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 Frogman’s frogs unique is that many bear human traits of different characters - a dancer, swimmer, the prince charming, etc.
These frogs are being snapped up by people all over the world, including many celebrities. Sales of Frogman's bronze frogs, geckos and koi fish sculptures make him the largest selling sculptor (of small bronzes) in the world. Since no two frogs are alike, the process is painstaking. Cotterill begins by forming 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 his foundry to be cast in bronze.
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, and Whimsical & Unique and is pure FUN! It makes people SMILE! The more we smile, laugh, and feel happy, the healthier we become. I hope my art brings more happiness and joy into your life."
— Tim Cotterill, The Frogman.
Watch the The Frogman create!
Let's welcome Alfie, a cute little roly poly owl, as he joins Tim Cotterill's parliament of owls. Lustrous silver nitrate patina, contrasted by the highly polished talons and beak, is ideal to enhance the uniquely perforated surface. Alfie's sure to be the perfect addition to the collection - and whoooooo doubts that it will sell out in a blink of the...
Tim Cotterill Frogman has created... Bali. A sleek little sculpture in a brilliant tropical island color! Bright and whimsical, Bali has the sparkle and spirit of balmy island days. A splash of sun-washed color. Material: Bronze Color/Finish: Violet Dimensions: .625" x 6.25" x 1.5"
A dazzling gold nitrate tulip sways gracefully as a lavender frog anxiously climbs the stem. Belle Fleur, Frogman's 2017 flower release, clearly pays homage to Tim Cotterill's very first Mother's Day sculpture. Edition Size 350 13.5" L x 7.5" W x 10.75" H
'Blue Bayou' is posed above a reed, leaping towards a ladybug just out of reach. The deep, watery blue patina on the body transitions to a darker blue variation on the legs creating lifelike dimension to the sculpture. Upon a wall, one imagines this frog among low-hanging Spanish moss above the water. Edition Size: 2,000 Material: Bronze Color/Finish:...
"Blue Steel" The inspiration for our Show Frog “Blue Steel” comes from one of Tim Cotterill's newest works, "Break's Over." A strong hand rubbed beam with this striking new “BLUE STEEL” frog on his girder as he ventures back to work to oversee his 2013 “Skyscraper” crew. Edition size 15 12"L x 9"W x 15.75"H