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I started the piece by spending some time working on poses with a ballerina from the English National Ballet. I love the sense of movement and the ability to convey emotion. This is the most complex sculpture I have created; constructed from over 800 bronze leaves, each has been individually welded together to make the figure. The delicate latticework created by the leaves adds to the ethereal quality of the piece and allows her to blend in with her surroundings.
Bronze, Unique 260cm/102 inches tall
Figurative sculpture is a relatively new experience for me, it is something I only started since moving to Pallington.
One of the aspects of having a sculpture park is that some areas need a particular type of sculpture and this has meant I have become much more diverse in my subject matter. There are some places that needed a figurative piece and this location, under two spreading oak trees is one of them.
Sculpting the human head is a wonderfully relaxing process, it is also the simplest way to convey emotions as we all recognise human expressions. I try to make the sculptures evoke a sense of calm and wellbeing so that simply looking at them makes the viewer relax.
Limited Edition of 9
162 cm/64 inches tall
The name Isis comes from the Egyptian goddess of nature - the feminine archetype for creation. Her titles include goddess of fertility; mother of deities; queen of heaven, earth and the underworld; goddess of simplicity; and, the great protector. Her associations can be viewed in the finished sculpture, it is essentially a contemplative piece, inward-looking, trying to understand the reason for our existence: where we have come from, where we are going and our place in the universe.
This 1.5m sculpture is small version of the Isis monumental piece.
Bronze, Edition of 9. 152cm/61 inches tall
In Ancient Egypt the falcon was the personification of light. Ra, the sun god, was often depicted with the head of a falcon. In this sculpture the circle the falcon stands in represents the sun.
The base is constructed using the proportions of the golden ratio, 1:1.618, this is the dominant proportional ratio responsible for much of the design in nature. The Greek mathematician Pythagoras (circa 580 – 500 BC) is sometimes credited as the first to discover this ratio, though the Egyptians may well have known about it more than a 1000 years earlier. Psychological tests have shown that humans find the rectangle created using the golden ratio preferable to all others, this preference shows a resonance between man and nature. Greek and Renaissance artists understood this principle and golden ratio proportions were widely used in composition and design.
Bronze, Edition of 7. 186cm/74 inches tall
The Lyrebird gets its name from the male bird, which has a spectacular tail resembling a lyre. This was my inspiration for this sculpture.
I have translated the fundamental qualities and shape allowing my vision to take it away from a purely representational to a more abstract form. The clean lines and proportion of the piece echo the bird’s plumage whilst allowing the viewer to interpret the sculpture in their own way.
By producing a more conceptual sculpture, it allows me the freedom to explore shape and movement, whilst still encapsulating the vitality and emotion that is ever constant in my work.
Bronze, Edition of 7. 178cm/71inches tall
I stood on a 240 million year old mountain in Africa and watched the 4.6 billion year old sun descend below the horizon. As the light diminished the 200 billion stars in the Milky Way began to glow in the night sky. Our galaxy extends for 100,000 light years and is part of a Universe that is 93 billion light years across. The Universe is over 10 billion years old and consists of hundreds of billions of galaxies. It is at that moment I began to grasp the narrowness of consciousness, the vastness of time and the transience of humanity.
Bronze, Edition of 5. 220cm/ 88 inches tall
There has been a long tradition of depicting animal combat, especially that between predator and prey. In a world where people are increasingly living in an urban environment it is a reminder of the raw power of nature which goes on beyond the confines of our concrete world. On another level this theme can be interpreted using the theory of Social Darwinism, the struggle for survival and the will to succeed in our society and in business. It resonates with our lives and the human condition.
Bronze, Edition of 7. 275cm/110 inches tall.
Cranes were associated with Hephaestus, the god sculptors. However it is in China that the crane has been consistently adopted over the millennia as a symbol of good, to signify liberation from earthly constraints, as symbols of the unshakeable unity of two people, and everlasting happiness. A treatise dating back to the 6th century BC equates the crane with the philosophical concept of yang, which Buddhism regards the crane as a godly bird. Both regard the crane as the arbiter between ‘now’ and the hereafter’ thus making it a symbol of immortality.
‘May your life be as long and happy as that of a crane’ is a common birthday toast in China, Japan and Korea.
Bronze, edition of 7. 213cm /84inches tall
We both feel strongly about our chosen paths and care deeply about how they are represented; these quotes articulate our deepest feelings not only about what we do, but about what we see around us here, and the things that influence who we are. The words lift our spirits or makes us remember why we have embarked on this journey. We hope they inspire you as they continue to inspire us.
Reflection is a further development of the idea first explored in the sculpture Thoth. This time the bird turns in on itself, not in a defensive pose but as in reflection and inner serenity. It symbolises peace and spiritual contentment and is a supremely tranquil work.
Placing a sculpture in the right location is so important and it often takes several attempts to get it right. This is one of the first sculptures we placed at Sculpture by the Lakes. As you can see from the following photographs it has been in several locations around the lakes as we have looked for the place which works best.
Bronze, Edition of 5. 150cm/60 inches tall
'Quoth the Raven "Nevermore" '
From the narrative poem 'The Raven' by 19th century American author Edgar Allan Poe.
Thoth (pronounced tehuti) was the Egyptian God of the moon, wisdom and magic. Ancient myth tells us that it was Thoth that “measured the heavens and planned the earth”. Thoth is often depicted with the head of an ibis, its crescent-shaped beak links the bird to the shape of the new moon, a symbol of a source that has governed the seasons and night and day throughout time. The shape of the tail is also an inference to the moon, forming a beautiful crescent shape
Bronze, Edition of 6. 250cm/98 inches tall
A sculpture, on a superficial level must encapsulate beauty, it must uplift the spirit and enhance its surroundings. But on a deeper level it should resonate with the viewer and have a subconscious appeal to their emotions, whether those emotions are the same as the artist intended is not important, what is important is that the viewer connects with the art.
Bronze edition of 12. 77cm/30 inches tall
The Greek for crane is Geranos, which gives us the Cranesbill, or geranium. In Greek and Roman mythology the dance of cranes was portrayed as a dance of love and joy and a celebration of life.
Also see Bird of Happiness and Dancing Cranes
Bronze, Edition of 9. 245cm/96 inches tall
Disappearing Worlds: Bronze & Stainless Steel 350cm/138 inches tall
Tempsta: Bronze & Stainless Steel, Unique. 150cm60inches tall
One Drop: Bronze & Stainless Steel, Unique. 230cm/91inches tall
Most sculptures are rigid forms; they have a sense of performance, which reflects our view of the world. However, our world and our universe are in a constant state of flux; unexpected events can change our lives and our environment.
In this series of sculptures I have been exploring movement and the purity of the abstract form. At rest, the sculptures are elegant; they are a delicate exploration of the beauty of pure abstraction. Yet the unseen forces of nature can change that order to a series of random and unpredictable movements. Fluctuating air currents will move the elements of the sculpture in an infinite number if erratic ways that appear to defy logic, gravity and the laws of physics. They immerse the viewer as he attempts to impose logic and order to the unpredictable pattern of movement, much as we try and impose order and logic to the random nature of our lives. They reflects the human condition, which is why we relate to them.
Bronze & Stainless Steel
unique No 8
340 x 270 x 30cm
134 x 106 x 12 inches
The Pelican is associated with charity and sacrifice. The reflection created by this sculpture in water also gives the number 8, which is considered lucky in Chinese culture.
Bronze, Edition of 7. 160cm/63 inches tall.
The cock pheasant’s natural inclination to display provides a perfect sculpture subject. An iconic bird of woodlands and fields and although not a native, the pheasant is a common sight all over the UK and is a frequent visitor to Sculpture by the Lakes.
Bronze, Edition of 5. 218cm/86 inches tall
An important aspect of outdoor sculpture is that it is an ever-changing event. The different seasons, variable weather, the hours of the day, varying light highlighting different planes of the sculpture, all contribute to transform how the work will be seen. It is no longer static, it becomes part of the environment and changes with it.
Bronze, Edition of 12. Life Size
In Europe, in more recent times, the raven has been associated with negative symbols such as death. Maybe this is because it is black, which is linked with the night and the occult, or it may be because it was often seen on battlefields eating the fallen. I find it somewhat ironic that we should associate ravens in such a negative way when all they were doing was clearing up after the folly of humanity. I feel we should focus on their spirit and intelligence and reconsider our perceptions of them.
There are probably more myths and legends attached to the raven than any other bird. This sculpture is inspired by one of them.
It is the story of how the sun came to be in the sky. In one North American legend the chief had a box in which he kept the sun, the raven devised a plan so he could steal the sun. He turned himself into a fir needle and when the chiefs daughter was walking in the forest he dropped into her cup and she drank him. Shortly afterwards she became pregnant and gave birth to a healthy baby boy. When the boy was old enough and strong enough he opened the box, took out the sun, ran outside and turned back into a raven. He flew up into the sky and placed the sun there bringing light into the world. When a raven calls in the woods he is still laughing at how clever he was.
Bronze & Granite, Edition of 7. 253cm/100 inches tall
Each of the benches and seats around the park are names in French simply because we liked the idea.
Le Siege de I’Inspiration: Made from limestone this bench overlooks the North Lake and is an excellent spot in which to see the wildlife. Nature constantly provides inspiration and countless ideas.
Le Banc de Conversation: On the southern bank of Rainbow Lake, the semi-circular Conversation Bench looks across the lake to the Island of Eden. Facing roughly east it catches the morning sun and is a perfect spot for early eradication and generally holding forth!
Le Banc des Nymphes: A quiet spot in which to appreciate the vibrant pink shades of the water lilies, or Nymphaea, which flower in this corner of Rainbow Lakes from roughly mid-May through until late summer.
La Table de L’Artise: Looking south across the Artists pool there’s no better place to sit on a sunny day – with a picnic lunch or the Sunday papers, or just to watch the dragonflies dash about.
Duel is a contest between two cock pheasants, a contest for territory and the right to procreate. This type of contest can be witnessed across many different species; the strongest will triumph and sire the next generation, so securing the future of the species. It is also a metaphor for the struggle to hold onto that which is ours or what we perceive to be ours; the need to defend ourselves against aggression; the need to procreate and the perpetual struggles in life where we constantly strive to achieve more.
Bronze, Edition of 9.190cm/ 65 inches tall
A work of art is a way of working on very private feelings about behaviour and the way life is. Origins, came from a beautiful abstract shape, an ‘S’ curve. It was moulded into the shape of a bird but, unlike Reflection and Isis which are inward looking and contemplative, this one is looking to the Universe, trying to understand the reason for our existence; where we have come from and where we are going. The bird is making a silent scream in solitude, not enlightened but accepting of its fate; accepting its insignificance in the order of the Universe; searching for something more than mere existence.
Bronze, Edition of 7. 350cm/138 inches tall
This is a sculpture that I wanted to make ever since we planted the silver birch wood along the river in 2008. I was inspired to produce a sculpture that had an aural quality; one that would accentuate the noise of the wind through the trees and the birds singing. Whilst the front of the sculpture is a figurative piece the back is shaped like a cone, narrowing to an opening in her mouth. If you place your ear to her lips the sound beyond is magnified.
Limited Edition of 9
87 x 65 x 43 cms
34.8 x 26 x 17.2 inches
No true artist sees things as they really are; art is the projection of the imagination and should be free of trying to find a reason or meaning for a subject. It is, above all, an interest in the shape and form that drives him. Where form is continuously refined towards simplicity and beauty; where the origin of cultures and species are explored; new ideas are developed and where the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.
Bronze Edition of 5. 270cm/108 inches tall
Known as the King of the River, salmon tend to leap early in the morning or late in the evening. Their strong muscly tails help them to trust them through the air.
A magnificent creature in 'full flight' and for a sculptor inspiring to cast.
Bronze, Edition of 7. 150cm/ 60 inches tall
In this sculpture form takes precedence over subject matter. The aim is not to reproduce a swan in bronze; instead it is an attempt to distil the essence of the shape into an elegant form.
Bronze, Limited Edition of 9 115cm/46 inches long
The Fruit series was inspired by their beautiful shapes. By making them larger than life size they are now an object as opposed to a food source we can see the organic beauty of that form.
Apple 100cm/ 40 tal
Cherries 80cm/32 inches tall
Pear 137cm/55inches tall
Plum 66cm/27inches tall
The Crane, otherwise known as the ‘bird of happiness’, inspired this sculpture. Inspiration also came from the shape of the Strelitzia, a South African flower, which is also known as the crane flower.
Cranes have appeared in art and mythology for millennia. In the Egyptian Museum in Cairo there is a beautiful limestone relief depicting these birds dating back to 2660 – 2590 BC. They are regularly depicted in tombs and temples including those in the ancient capital of Luxor.
In ancient Greece they drew inspiration from the flight form of the crane for several letters in their alphabet. They are also often depicted on vases and bowls dating back to the fifth century BC. They accompanied the gods Apollo and Hermes and stood at the side of Eros, the god of love.
Bronze, Edition of 7. 210cm/ 84 inches tall
Isis is based on an ibis, a wading bird with a long, thin, down-curving bill. The word ibis was originally Greek, deriving from the ancient Egyptian hib. In ancient Egypt the sacred ibis was an object of religious worship particularly associated with the god Thoth. Although the sculpture was originally inspired by an ibis the final form embraces an abstracted asymmetrical design that is derived from natural forms and the human form, all combining to produce a sculpture that conveys emotion that relates to the human spirit.
This sculpture was the first piece of public sculpture to be placed in London’s Hyde Park for over 50 years and has formed an integral part of the hugely successful £2-million fundraising campaign to build the new Look Out Education Centre. At over 3 metres tall and three quarters of a ton in weight Isis is a magnificent work visible from over 500 metres, a sculpture one wants to instinctively touch and explore.
Bronze, Edition of 9. 300cm/120 inches tall
'As Kingfishers catch fire, Dragonflies draw flame.'
The quote comes from a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins and reflects my love of nature and the inspiration it provides. The sculpture is made from bronze and Corten steel and is in a place where Kingfishers are frequently seen as they pass by in a flash of startling colours.
Bronze & Corten Steel Edition of 12 192cm/76 inches tall
I have situated Aurora in Folly Brook, a beautiful babbling stream, to enhance the fluidity of her form. Constructed from over 1000 bronze leaves, each has been individually welded together to make the figure. The delicate latticework created by the leaves adds to the ethereal quality of the piece and allows her to blend in with her surroundings
An aurora is a natural light display in the sky (from the Latin work aurora ‘sunrise’ or the Roman goddess of dawn) Inspired by the stunning lights here at the lakes.
With this piece I have continued to explore combining casting and fabrication techniques, giving me lots of opportunity to weld and bend metal - always a favorite pastime!
Inspiration comes from a variety of sources; from observations blended with thoughts and beliefs and the profound experiences of ones life, thus much inspiration comes from the subconscious and cannot be controlled.
Barn Owl on an Oak and Stainless steel base.