Julie Tanner of Gloucestershire
I'm a self taught sculptor, working predominantly in clay, to produce bronze or resin sculptures.
Lockdown gave me the opportunity to try something different after my freelance design work dried up. I started carving stone but soon realised that I could sculpt in clay to produce bronzes and resins.
I'm proud to say that I won the Lady Petchey Sculpture Prize 2021 and was a finalist of the Visual Art Open Emerging Artist Prize 2021.
My sculptures are mainly figurative. I relish the challenge of taking a static, solid medium and giving it personality, movement and a weightlessness that belies the true character of its natural state.
When producing figurative sculptures, I love to work on getting tension into the muscles and an elegance in the movement.
My work is inspired by the art nouveau style, and I always try to inject an essence of art nouveau or art deco into my sculptures, whether it’s in the movement and gesture of the figure or through the fluidity of the fabric that my figures are often dressed or draped in to the decorative details that often adorn my work.