Information on the Artists behind the Sculptures

Swing Me Mama – Clive Gono – There is no formal education for SHONA stone sculpture art. It’s a lineage from the paternal family line going back to generations. Clive’s grandfather, uncle and younger brother were all involved in sculpting. Clive began sculpting in 1985 and trained for two years with Shadu Chatsama, a renowned first-generation sculptor. Clive is also a welder and enjoys working in a variety of materials including wood, metal and an extensive range of stones. A Shona Art sculptor for more than 30 years, he has exhibited in his homeland and internationally. He was a founding member and the inaugural Chairman of Chitungwiza Arts Centre, the largest arts organisation in Zimbabwe. He was one of its leading sculptors and his work is collected internationally.
He has taught Shona sculpture in South African schools. In Australia, he has held Shona art workshops in
Wyndham city community centres over the past two years. He is always willing to learn more about art.

Team Spirit – Ann Vrielinck –  Born in Belgium 1966 – Educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bruges, then obtained a higher degree in Painting from the Sint-Lucas Institute in Ghent after four years of studying with the Dan Van Severen Studio. She completed further courses in restoration of paintings and ceramics, then obtained a teaching degree which has led her back to lecturing at the Academy of Fine Arts. She currently (Sept 2018) teaches visual arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bruges and organizes workshops. Much of her work is based around ballet, dance and movement.

Sonata, Sophistry & White Ladies Head – Helen Sinclair – was born in South Wales in 1954. She studied sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art (1972-1976) under the late Peter Startup. After teaching for 12 years she has been a full time self-employed sculptor since 1988. With her technician Gary Ley she makes her own moulds and casts her work into limited editions or unique pieces in bronze, concrete or resin from original mouldings. Her work has always been figuratively based and she works regularly from a life model. Her influences include the sculptural forms and mythology of ancient civilizations, Italian Renaissance Sculpture and 20th century sculptors. She also looks to painting for inspiration. She exhibits widely in galleries throughout England and Wales and Annual at the Chelsea and Hampton Court flower shows. She has work in private collections throughout Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand. Helen Sinclair is married to sculptor Terry Ryall and they live and work in 18th century farm buildings in South Wales. 

Inca – Philip Kotokwa – Phillip Kotokwa works in a variety of exotic stone from his native Zimbabwe. He is one of the few African artists that has made such inroads into the International market with pieces in wide spread collections. Philip KoTokwa was Born in 1972 in what is now Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, Phillip commutes between his homeland and the UK, taking on the challenges of raising the means to realise his dream of a Fine Arts degree in the UK. Phillip showed an early interest in stone sculpture and determined to make it his lifes work. He turned to sculpture full-time in 1994 and works on the most demanding of stones including leopard rock, granite, serpentine and spring stone. As his ideas expanded beyond the typical Zimbabwean style, Phillip began to search abroad for new ideas and methods. He has never lacked imagination and has the grit and determination needed to get his wonderful sculptures out of Zimbabwe and into exhibitions and galleries around the world.His work is also in private collections in England, Germany, France, USA, Norway, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, China, Korea, Japan, Belgium, Australia, Canada, Sweden and Denmark.

Flat Owl, Fisherman Head & Dancing Hare – Christopher Marvell – Born 1964 Studied, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1982-1986. Lives and works in Cambridge & St Ives, with the painter Elaine Pamphilon since 1986 Christopher Marvell’s works begin life through drawing, expressed initially in maquette, fixed in plaster and fully realised in bronze. Marvell exhibits his sculpture in London, Edinburgh and across the country and his works are found in public and private collections nationwide.

The Disc – Leon Bronstein (b. 1951, Russian) – Leon Bronstein’s work is intimate, elegant and graceful. A sculptor of remarkable talent, he explores the power and beauty of relationships, magically transforming the human figure into fluid shapes. In 1980 he transformed from technician (he was trained as an engineer and watchmaker), to talented sculptor, expanding his artistry from carving wood to casting bronze. Inspired by his love of nature Bronstein developed a unique style characterized by a mix of fantasy and reality. From the undulating curves of a wave to the triumphant reach of growing trees, the elegance of nature gave birth to his creative ideas. He is involved in every step of the process from the creative beginnings to the technical completion, believing that human touches are essential to each piece, giving them the breath of life. Bronstein’s works are in corporate and private collections all around the world, from Argentina to South Africa, Italy, and Japan.

Toadstools, Field Poppy, Clematis & Meconopsis Grande – Anthony Sturgiss – Born in Harrogate in 1968 he trained as a chef in Leeds in the mid 1980s before heading for high society in Monaco, working as a personal chef on the private yachts of millionaires. In 1992 he returned to England and graduated in 1996 with an Honours Degree in Art and Design from the University of Bradford. His first sculpture was ‘Bertie the Dancing Deep Sea Diver’ made from ‘found’ objects. In November 1996 he joined Steve Blaylock, founder of the Tubal Cain Contemporary Arts Foundation and together they transformed a disused warehouse in Harrogate into a vibrant studio and gallery. In 1999 he set up Studio Twelve Sculpture and was exhibiting in major regional exhibitions.

Foundation – Mike Speller – Michael works almost exclusively in bronze having been fascinated with the medium from his very first visit to a foundry; it’s fluidity and the challenge it presents is reflected and expressed in all his work. His distinctive, elongated figures are often impressed with emotive words and objects to create hugely expressive and textural surfaces. Solitary or grouped, his figures represent how we live in the world, combining the influences of family, friends, environment and society. He was named official artist for the BT Art of Sport Programme for The 2012 London Olympics and was for many years a resident artist at The Art Academy, London. Working in Bermondsey, his studio is in a set of old railway arches and the foundry a short distance away in East London.

Corten Bird, Displaying Blackbird, Seated Boar, Three Circling Birds & Goat I – Terence Coventry – was born in Birmingham in 1938. He studied Fine Art at Stourbridge in 1954. Coventry completed his National Service in the RAF in 1959-61 and was subsequently accepted by the Royal College of Art in 1961 to study painting, but left after a year and took up farming in west Cornwall. In 1985 he began to make sculpture his major activity, which was triggered by the vast amount of elm wood on his land that became available for carving as a result of Dutch elm disease. Terence Coventry lives and works in Cornwall and has exhibited his work widely in Britain. He has also undertaken several public commissions, including public sculptures for Soho Square in London, The Schiffer Sculpture Foundation, Philadelphia, USA, Predator (1992) for the Nature in Art Museum, Gloucester and Spiralling Rooks (1995) for St Keverne Health Centre. He has also recently undertaken a number of private commissions and participated in exhibitions Pangolin London One Man Show (2011), Stirred for a Bird (2010) and Sterling Stuff II (2008). Coventry derives most of his stimulus for his work from farming. Rooted in a strong figurative tradition Coventry’s sculpture explores forms familiar to him, such as bulls, birds, cows and boars and the human figure. Coventry also takes inspiration from the land, where its contrasts and changing atmosphere are detectable in the surface and texture of his animals and figures. To Coventry farming is a practical pursuit, requiring that the farmer, in addition to caring for his stock, must repair fences, gates and agricultural machinery, and tend the land. Coventry identifies similarities between farming and sculpture, through both disciplines integral need to problem solve construction issues. Coventry says: “It is elemental in the same way: one may not be dealing with clay but one is dealing with earth to a large extent. I get a tremendous amount of my inspiration for subject-matter from my association – for the greater part of my working life – with farming.”

The Swift, Tawny Owl, Roe Doe, Leopard, Roebuck Deer & Owl – Hamish Mackie – has been sculpting as a career since 1996 and has works in public and private collections around the world. His wildlife sculptures are cast in bronze or silver as limited editions, each signed, dated and numbered. Hamish sculpts from life where possible; this helps him capture the essence of his subject. Born in 1973, Hamish Mackie grew up on a livestock farm in Cornwall, England. He attended Radley College and Falmouth School of Art, before going on to study design at Kingston University. He began sculpting full time in 1996. In 2007, Hamish built a studio in Oxfordshire, where he now lives and works with his wife Laura and their three daughters. In 2014, Hamish Mackie won a major public art commission – Goodman’s Fields Horses for the Berkeley Homes Goodman’s Fields development in the City of London – six life and quarter size horses running loose through the pedestrianized plaza. The sculptures were unveiled in 2015 to critical acclaim and the following year, won the Public Monuments and Sculptures Association’s Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Fountains. In 2016, Hamish also presented his sixth Solo Show, Life in Bronze, at Mall Galleries, London to great critical acclaim.

Tribal head – Patricia Volk – Patricia Volk, FRSS, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has been creating distinctive ceramic sculpture for over twenty years from her studio in Wiltshire. She studied three dimensional design at Middlesex University and ceramics at Bath Spa University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Chichester Cathedral and the Royal West of England Academy, also appearing in the collections of Lord Carrington, the British Consul (Ivory Coast) and Mary Portas. She was Regional Winner of the ING “Discerning Eye” prize in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Brian Mercer Bronze Casting Residency. One of her pieces was also selected as a Southern Arts prize. All pieces at Ceramic finished with acrylics.

Wave, Magnolia, Samara & Lily Pads – Rebecca Newnham – works predominately as a sculptor and designer. Current work illustrates scientific ideas such as waves of energy and sound. Her materials lead approach is informed by an understanding of glass, bronze, concrete, fiberglass. She is a skilled maker and usually creates her own work with teams of assistants. The sculpture is iconic and can be static or kinetic: some float or suspend or rotate. Early years saw an exploration of botanical form and a celebration of life cycles with sculptures that consider growth, propagation, seed distribution, pollen. This subject matter developed to celebrate flight, energy and transference of matter.
Rebecca Newnham first exhibited in Salisbury Cathedral in 2010 and co curated Reflection at Salisbury Cathedral in 2016. Simultaneously in 2016, Rebecca had a significant body of work – 10 groups of sculpture, at Doddington Hall. In December 2015 she moved to Bournemouth and built a new studio very close to the sea in early 2016.
Rebecca Newnham was elected a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors at the end of 2016, is Royal College of Art Alumn and an Artparkspace founder member. In October 2016 Rebecca became a Trustee of Bournemouth Lower Gardens Committee.

Skywards & Water Flower – Giles Raynor –  has been creating sculptures since 1998 for both private and public settings, at first around the UK, but now increasingly internationally, with designs located in Europe, the Middle East, the US, and Asia. His focus on the use of water has added an extra dimension to his wide and varied portfolio. Though other materials feature, he specializes in using copper, stainless steel, and bronze, often at a significant scale, to create imaginative and highly individual designs, which combine energy and intrigue with simple aesthetic beauty. The use of moving water in so many of his concepts empowers each design with real life to capture the senses, either in dramatic or conversely more peaceful fashion. All work is underscored by a desire to fit timelessly with the surrounding landscape and architecture. In technical terms, the designs combine old skills and new innovative thinking, producing sometimes challenging ‘organic’ patterns of energy, or precise and innovative pieces of work that, until recently, would not have been possible. These artworks are designed to stand the test of time in both aesthetic and physical terms. They can be found around the world set with a host of different backdrops, ranging from rural historical gardens, through to modern city landscapes, and from dramatic mountainous scenery to cutting-edge interior design. Most sculptures are individual commissions, with Giles being passionate about creating designs that are integral to their setting and travels both nationally and internationally in order to install pieces and to study sites for new concepts.

Dragonflies – Steve Blaylock – Steve Blaylock – graduated from Bradford University in 1996 with an Honours Degree in Art and Design. His work is inspired by the creation that surrounds us all: whether we live, work or play in the country or city, it’s there all around us. His sculptures are of many diverse subjects and sizes. From almost life size dragonflies to 30 foot lizards, owls with 16 foot wingspans and spiders that are big enough to carry you off. The sculptures contain or are made of entirely from the last Sheffield stainless steel ever manufactured in the UK. This includes the Blue Peter Ship that now resides in the public garden at Media City.

Nurturing – Tago Tazvitya – was born in Chegutu, Mashonaland in Western Zimbabwe in 1954. He is a self taught artist and was ispired by the renowned ‘first generation’ sculptor John Takawira. He has been a full-time artist since 1978. Tago is a senior figure in the local artistic community and is also closely involved with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.  Tago has spent 3 months each year as a resident artist holding sculpture workshops in Germany and The Netherlands since 2009. He has exhibited abroad numerous times, including at the Expo 2000 in Hanover. He also showed in Sydney in 1991 and in London in 1992. In 1995 and 1997 he held solo exhibitions in Berlin, the latter including a workshop with European sculptors.

The golden Apple – Malcolm West – was born 1957. He showed a great talent for art from a young age and took his O level art at the age of thirteen. Malcolm went on to Art College at the age of seventeen and graduated from Art College with honours in 1978. He qualified with a Licence from the Industrial Artists and Designers and also the Surrey Diploma in Art and Design. Malcolm also studied in an Academy in Italy in the late 90’s, learning to carve marble. In the mid 80’s Malcolm started sculpting and found he had a passion for this. He Produced portraits on commission and also figurative compositions. Malcolm has exhibited regularly from 1980 onwards, joint shows include several showings at the Mall Galleries London along with Henley Festival and numerous society and gallery shows in and around London. He has also had one man shows in London, Germany and Guildford. His work appears in collections in the UK, Germany, USA, Australia and Jamaica.

Silent Luminence – Sally Fawkes – Fawkes began her studies in glass with a clear sense that glass was the material that would enable her ideas to be realised. She graduated with first class honours in 1998 from the University for the Creative Arts and on graduating she worked for Colin Reid full time for a year.
In 2000 she established a studio with Richard Jackson in Gloucestershire, UK. In 2005 they moved to their current location (still in the Cotswold town of Stroud) where they have a large, well equipped glass studio that enables them to undertake challenging projects of notable scale. Since 2000 she has worked continuously as an artist practicing in glass. She has an extensive international exhibition profile as well as having created many site specific artworks for both interior and exterior locations.  She has received several awards for her work from Arts Council, England (2000, 2001 and 2003), Crafts Council, England (2000 and 2004) and the Department of Trade and Industry, UK (2005). Most recently she has won a prize for a large scale collaborative work with Richard Jackson from The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, London (2012). Her work is represented in private, corporate and public collections worldwide, including Mastercard USA and London, MUDAC, Lausanne, Switzerland, M.A.V.A., Madrid, Spain, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.

Juliet – Study of a Dancer – Tom Merrifield –  is an Australian-born British figurative sculptor best known for his bronze likenesses of well-known dancers. Born in 1932 in Sydney, Australia, Merrifield was trained as a classical ballet dancer, making drawings of his colleagues in his spare time. Later, he began producing the sculptures for which he is now know. Some of his works depict famous dancers, including Alina Cojocaru, Dame Alicia Markova, Dame Beryl Grey, Natalia Makarova, Marguerite Porter, Ivan Nagy, and the Olympic Skater John Curry. He was elected to the Royal Society of British Sculptors for Distinction in the Art of Sculpture. The artist lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

Sunrise – David Williams – Ellis – is one of the world’s leading figurative sculptors. His prestigious commissions, both private and public, have brought him international acclaim. Best known for his representations of the human form, David works primarily in clay before casting in bronze, silver or glass. His figures range in size – large enough to add drama to a landscape or small enough to look beautiful on a desk or to be a table centrepiece. David’s great uncle was Clough William-Ellis, the architect who created the Italianate village of Portmeiron in North Wales. His parents were talented amateur artists and his sister, Bronwyn, is a globally renouned ceramicist. On leaving school, David sought out a classical training in Florence under the legendary octogenarian drawing teacher, Nerina Simi. From there he went on to be an apprentice wood carver and then joined a community of marble carvers in Pietresanta beneath the Carrara Mountains. It was a chance encounter with a girl sitting on a pillar that planted the seed of inspiration that would later flower into his signature style. David soon realised that the restrictions of carving were not for him and he returned to London to attend the Sir John Cass School of Art. A group show cemented David’s reputation and soon he was travelling round Britain sculpting commissioned portraits. Exhibitions at the Bruton Gallery, Agnews, Sladmore and Cadogan Contemporary followed. Today his work is in private collections all over the world and can be seen dominating public spaces and flagship buildings from Scone Palace in Perthshire to the IFC Building in Shanghai. He continues to sculpt portrait busts with clients as diverse as the Duchess of Abercorn and Bryan Ferry’s sons.

Set of 3 Magpies – Helen Denerley – lives and works on a remote hillside in North East Scotland. Since graduating from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen in 1977 she has worked continuously as a sculptor. Best known in Scotland for her larger than life scrap metal giraffes on Leith Walk in Edinburgh, her work has been commissioned in Japan and South Georgia and is in collections across the UK. Helen’s work is the result of meticulous observation and drawing skills combined with a love of the natural world and all the technical aspects of working in metal. The forms are never whole, the use of negative space makes them come alive, creating form where there is only air. Helen has turned this into ‘Positive Space’.

Celtic Knot – Felicia Fletcher – lives and works in Somerset. She creates conceptual pieces in bronze, stone, steel and more recently Scagliola, reviving the use of this material, which in appearance is virtually indistinguishable from marble. She chooses the material according to the meaning of the piece. Inspired by concepts of time, space and connectivity, Felicia aims to express the essence of these ancient paradigms in contemporary form. She produces timeless flowing forms that seem to resonate deep within the observer in a synergy of balance and harmony. Symbolizing the duality of life, her works aims to unite matter with form in an attempt to make sense of the chaos that surrounds life and illuminate the peace at its centre. Felicia has exhibited widely in London and elsewhere since 2000. She now exhibits predominantly with British Art Portfolio. Her outdoor pieces were included in the two British Art Portfolio exhibitions: Sculpture with a View in Northamptonshire in 2012 and Open Air Sculpture at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire in 2014

Band II – Jonathan Loxley – was born in 1960. His father was a fighter pilot and this meant that Loxley travelled widely throughout his youth. Between 1979 and 1981, Loxley studied marble sculpture techniques in Florence, Italy. After leaving education, Loxley painted stage sets and created sculptures for film and theatre sets. He worked on set design for cult films such as Labyrinth and A Fish Called Wanda. He currently lives and works in Carrara, Italy.In 1989, Loxley established a studio in Carrara, Italy. Since then, he has had several exhibitions in Italy, and across Europe. In 1993, he was commissioned by David Bowie to create a sculpture to celebrate Bowie’s marriage to Iman. In 1999, Loxley took part in The Shape of the Century – 100 Years of Sculpture in Britain at Canary Wharf, London. His work has also been featured at the Hampton Court Flower Show and Henley Art Show, both in 2001.Movement and a sense of lightness are inherent to Jonathan Loxley’s work. His work takes stone, traditionally heavy and cumbersome, and transforms it into fluid, weightless forms. His work often denies the materiality of stone and he is able to nurture its unique textures and characteristics. His work is sensual and textural, a visceral landmark that draws viewers to it by its inner contradiction, light from heavy, movement from the inanimate.

Redscarf, Red Ribbon & Family III – Founder of the Bristol Drawing School, Carol Peace is a figurative sculptor who could not work without drawing. The process of drawing, that intuitive response, is what she aims for in her work.
In 1992 she graduated from Winchester School of Art and set up studio in the Bristol Sculpture Shed which would later become Spike Island, She moved to Paintworks in 2004. Her intensely personal work is shown and collected all over the UK, Europe, The Far East and United States. Her large scale work is permanently on show at Gyndebourne and at the Dorchester’s country house hotel in Ascot. The sculptures are made in clay, which like charcoal is quick to make marks with, once finished it is cast into bronze, those fluid marks of the making are then fixed forever.

Rising Form – Dominic Welch – Born in Buckinghamshire, Dominic did not have a formal training in sculpture. Instead, having placed a speculative advert looking for an apprenticeship, he was fortunate to meet the sculptor Peter Randall-Page. He worked as an assistant to Peter for ten years, learning the craft of carving whilst developing his own ideas. For 12 years he has worked independently and has exhibited extensively in the UK, Australia, USA and Japan. Dominic is represented by Messum’s Fine Art, London. He now lives in Devon. Dominic Welch’s purity of form invokes natural harmonies that calm the senses and spark the imagination. The subtle curves belie the hard, stubborn stone beneath. Drawing his designs directly onto the stone by hand, Dominic pays minute attention to each curve, line and finish. In their formal simplicity and directness, Dominic’s sculptures create a unique and mesmerizing visual experience.

Chalice – David Harber – Since 1992, David Harber’s custom-built sundials, sculptures and water features have worked their magic on fine homes and gardens around the world. Designed and built in Oxfordshire in the shadow of a Bronze Age hill fort, each piece stands as an original work of art, created either as a one-off response to a unique creative brief or as a personalised edition of a classic David Harber design. As the direct descendant of one of Elizabethan England’s best-known dialists, David is inspired by the elemental interaction of light, landscape and water, and uses contemporary three-dimensional design to celebrate unpredictability, illusion and the recurring patterns of passing time. Using materials such as brass, copper, bronze, stainless steel and stone, he creates every piece not only for the individual who commissions it, but also as a gift to succeeding generations. Works by David Harber are included in collections around the UK and abroad, from private gardens to corporate headquarters. Works by David Harber regularly win awards at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Educated at Dartington Hall School, one of the most artistic schools of the time, David Harber worked as an apprentice thatcher, a potter, and a professional mountaineer before converting a Dutch barge into a travelling theatre and arts centre and touring the waterways of Europe. His career as an outdoor sculptor began when Jeremy Irons bought his first armillary sundial. David lives in Oxfordshire and is married to Sophie. He has four children: Celeste, Maya, Freya and Romany. When not pursuing another passion – aviation – he is to be found at the family’s renovated lemon farm in Sicily. Prestigious projects that can be seen by the public include sculptures in the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the Liberty Center mixed use development in Cincinnati, the Al-Rawdha Palace in Bahrain and the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in France. A highlight of David’s career was having three of his pieces unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen, and one by HRH Prince Charles.

Contemplation Circle – Liam o’Neill – Starting as a woodturner in 1968, Liam O’Neill has been at the cutting edge of modern wood art. His workshop, gallery and sculpture garden are situated on the shores of Galway Bay. He credits his success in large part to the support and encouragement of his wife Cathy. His work has developed from the purely functional, through the studio wood art movement, to being the first in the world to develop outdoor turned wood sculpture. His work is part of many wood art collections; particularly in the USA and has been used extensively as state gifts by the Irish Government. Among the royal recipients of his work were; the King and Queen of Sweden, and the Emperor and Empress of Japan. The one that he counts as the most rewarding is the presentation of his work by President Mary Robinson to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of the historic first visit of an Irish head of State to Buckingham Palace in 1993. His work played a role in the peace process in Northern Ireland at a crucial stage in the 2007 St Andrews talks which led to The Good Friday agreement. The story has been well documented. The talks were stalling, and the various parties were finding it difficult to get past historic distrust, when Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern made a highly symbolic presentation to Dr Ian Paisley. He presented him with a vessel made by Liam O’Neill from Walnut which had grown on the site of the battle of the Boyne. What the gesture did was to persuade Dr Paisley that, far from wishing to devalue the Loyalist tradition, the Irish Government was giving it equal value with the Nationalist point of view. Dr Paisley reacted by shaking Mr Ahern’s hand, and calling for a new look at the issues. The rest is history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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