2022 Featured Sculptors
Emily Young is acclaimed as ‘Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor’ – FT, 2013.
‘Her sculptures meditate on time, nature, memory, man’s relationship to the the Earth’ – FT
‘Young brings the human project of meaning into conjunction with geological time’ – R Trew
‘Her sculptures are collected and displayed around the world, but as a passionate conservationist she also takes her work on to the front line of environmental activism; using sculptures to protect green spaces and take on gangs fishing illegally off the coast of Italy.’ – BBC 2021
Young’s work is in important public and private collections throughout the world.
She has exhibited at many prestigious museums including: The Getty, California; The Imperial War Museum, London; The Whitworth, Manchester; The Meijer Sculpture Gardens, Grand Rapids, and in 2018, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Emily Young currently divides her time between studios in London and Italy.
Masoud Akhavanjam is an Iranian sculptor working in mirror polished stainless steel and bronze. His artworks, both figurative and abstract, are conceived as a commentary on society and deal with paradoxical themes such as good and evil, the power of the mind over brute force and the constant struggle for a harmonic coexistence.
His passion for the materiality of objects and in particular stainless steel commenced when he began assisting at his father’s manufacturing company for household appliances in 1997.
Using his in-depth knowledge of the scientific properties of metal, Akhavanjam creates artworks ranging in scale from intimate domestic pieces to monumental works, balancing the inherent strength of the material with the delicacy of the cast form.
Working with the medium of galvanised wire Kendra is established as a world-renowned contemporary animal sculptor. She is most well-known for the 2010 Historic Royal Palaces commission to make thirteen sculptures for the Tower of London.
’Royal Beasts’ helps tell the story of the Royal Menagerie with existed at the Tower from the 1200s. The thirteen works are permanently installed at this world heritage site and include lions, elephant, polar bear and baboons. Her work is included in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Wyoming, as well as private collections world-wide.
She is represented by Patrick Davies Contemporary Art with whom she has worked for over 20 years.
The sculptor Brian Taylor, who has died of liver cancer aged 77, was particularly fascinated by the study of human and animal forms. In 1956, when he was a student at the Slade School of Art in London, he produced a life-size portrait of Cissie, a closely observed head of his mother. Seen with her hair in curlers, Cissie is portrayed with frank, clear eyed affection. And over half Century later, Taylor was still energetically engaged in modelling heads of his wife, Michele, their daughter, Belle, and his mother in law Beverly.
A Fellow member of both the Royal Society of British Sculptors and the Society of Portrait Sculptors, becoming Vice Principal of the latter in 2010.
From 1954-58 he studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, winning first prize for painting in 1954, two first prizes for sculpture in 1956 and second prize for composition also in 1956.
Jane Fremantle is a sculptor who takes inspiration from the beauty of stone and the energy of sea and sky. She is an emerging artist who graduated in 2016 with an MFA in Sculpture from West Dean College. She has work in many private collections in the UK and abroad. Last year she was shortlisted for the Lady Petchey Sculpture Prize.
Jane hand-carves stone, mainly alabaster, soapstone, onyx and slate. Stone selection is a vital part of her process, as she celebrates the natural character and beauty of each piece, working with its richness and unpredictability, exploring its texture, translucency, the roughness of the stone surface and its appearance when smoothed. Jane generates energy from the juxtaposition of the natural stone surface with her carved elements and investigates the stone’s ability to hold the tool marks and gestures that reveal the presence of the artist. Each sculpture is a balance between the material qualities of the stone and her own ideas and inspirations.
David makes kinetic sculptures to push the boundaries of traditional static forms.
Kinetic sculpture gives back to the viewer in a way which static work cannot, it has a different way of engaging, it plays with form, light, balance and movement through space, there is tension and drama as the Earth’s elemental forces orchestrate its movement.
The balance of his work is critical, now working in the realms where a fraction of a gram can alter a piece dramatically. Happily his years of accumulated knowledge, experimentation and prototyping , enable him to explore art and push for new forms to express his underlying concepts.
Kinetic art is his passion, allowing him to create sculpture that interacts in a harmonious way with the world. David claims “it is almost a life form; it is controlled yet beyond my control. It allows the viewer to see the wind, to watch gravity in action and as the sculpture faithfully obeys the laws of physics, it is a reminder that we are part of a greater Universe.”
Emma Elliott is a British sculptor whose central concerns are the incongruous and hypocritical aspects of humanity and the impermanence and fragility of the natural world. In her work she explores the relationships between the refined and the primitive, the physical and the spiritual, the influences of our collective past on present behaviour.
With experimentation and craftsmanship integral to her practice, Emma works in a variety of mediums including stone carving and bronze casting. Emma believes artists have a duty to wrestle with society, its elements of rigidity and puritanism and that they are in a special position to form non verbal connections on important issues.
Andrew Lee is a former professional yacht skipper whose passion for the natural world made him decide, in mid-life, to adopt a new creative career.
After five years in Art education he began to channel his sailing experiences into making sculptures.
He says that when voyaging on sailing yachts you need to be ‘at one’ with the elements, and develop a special affinity with the wind – a close relationship that gives his work an authentic voice.
The sculptures reveal the subtle beauty of the invisible wind, and their mesmerising natural movement helps draw you into a direct experience with one of nature’s most beguiling elements.
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The pleasure and enjoyment in connecting with people through the creation of sculpture delights her. Sandra loses herself in her work and explores inner feelings in a quiet and meditative place. Sandra exclaims “I love that others viewing my sculpture may share part of my experience and find meaning and relevance in the work that I do.”
Since she began exhibiting in the late 1980s Sandra Bell has been developing and expanding her practice in cast bronze and fabricated metal sculptures. Often drawing distinct reference from the Celtic and the Classical, the themes of harmony and balance are reoccurring in her work.
The simple but challenging lines give way to large spaces that allow a play of light to permeate the work. The smooth surfaces and soft curves draw the viewer in to interact with these living and uncomplicated shapes that can be seen as meditations on the human form and curvaceous abstractions of reality.
Deborah is a contemporary stone sculptor. She began sculpting in her middle years after a chance encounter with carving at an arts festival. Although largely self taught, she studied for a diploma in stone masonry at Bath City College. She turned professional in 2015. Notable sales are to the Gloucestershire NHS Trust, Sir Malcolm Evans – the chair of the United Nations anti-torture subcommittee and a Luxury Spa in Portugal. She has won the Sculpture Award and Guest judges Award with SWAc (the South West Academy of Applied and Fine Arts).
Deborah enjoys working collaboratively with organisations to raise access to the arts in community. Her work was the basis of a Sculpture festival where workshops, education in schools and talks were shared with the local community. She teaches carving on a youth support program. She is the co-founder of the Cotswold Sculptors Association which began in 2017 and now has a hundred members.