The Sculpture Show @ Curwen Gallery – A sneak preview of sculptures that I’ll be showing

Curwen Gallery’s Sculpture show runs from 2nd – 25th February 2017. Twelve sculptors will be showing their latest work.  Here’s a sneak preview of mine.    http://www.curwengallery.co.uk/forthcoming-exhibitions/

               

http://www.curwengallery.co.uk/forthcoming-exhibitions/

A trip down memory lane! The year 1993, the starting point – a mini.

hippo

A friend recently reminded about one of my wilder projects, back in 1993 – converting a mini into a hippo.

Donated as a rebuild/challenge project by Adrian, i don’t think he envisaged seeing his former pride and joy transformed into a hippo.  Exhibited in London at the Mall Galleries, Oxfordshire and Lancashire, she traveled up and down the M6 several times, not under her own steam but kindly assisted by the RAC (turning heads as she went).

Trophies for Clitheroe Grand Prix

Clitheroe Grand prix trophyFor the  first time in 10 years, Friday 3rd June saw Clitheroe Town centre transformed into a race circuit.  It was a tough course complete with hills and potholes.  Richard Paige at the Green Jersey commissioned me to make the trophies for the three races.  Although very fiddly, I loved making them and  was pleased with the results.

Riders at Clitheroe Grand Prix

Youth A & B riders ready to set off.

Clitheroe Grand prix trophies

Clitheroe Grand Prix trophies

Making the Gallowglass Warrior

4 metre high Gallowglass Warrior on N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass, Co Roscommon

Gallowglass Warrior on N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass, Co Roscommon

For the last few months the workshop has been dominated by the 4 metre high Warrior.  This is my second collaborative project with artist Paul Regan who came up with the original concept.  The design evolved into what is now the Gallowglass Warrior.  The Gallowglass were a class of elite mercenary fighters who came from Scotland between the 13th -16th centuries to fight for Irish chieftains .  The name Gallowglass comes from the Irish gall óglaigh which means foreign warriors. Five such warriors settled along the river near Ballaghaderreen.

Gallowglass maquette and frameworkAs ever building my large sculptures starts with a maquette(scale model).  I then create a framework which will work like a skeleton to give strength.  I then use sheet stainless cut into strips to describe the muscles and clothing.   I have worked on the sculpture with it lying down, periodically lifting it to an upright position to check that it’s right.  building of gallowglass warrior 1

Sword     gallowglass warrior in the workshop    20160527_120533

The sword was made by one of the blacksmiths at Trapp forge and is 3 metres long.Last week the sculpture left the workshop on its journey home.  It was installed on the N5 Ballaghaderreen bypass , Co Roscommon, Ireland.  Thanks to the fantastic group of guys that helped to install him.

 

Equilibrium

I recently completed and installed a new commissioned garden piece.  I’ve been so pleased with the result of having the disk mirror polished.  It adds an extra dimension to the sculpture with the added reflections from around the garden.  Can’t wait to see the garden finished too.

Life size figure with mirror polished disk

Life size figure with mirror polished disk

 

Cycle Sport Pendle, Chairman’s Award 2016

Cycle Sport Pendle, Chairman’s Award presented on 12th March 2016 to a very deserving and talented young rider – Georgia Ashworth.

Chairmans Award for Cycle Sport Pendle

Chairmans Award for Cycle Sport Pendle

The real” Leaping Man”

Milton Keynes, 8.5mJust under three and a half years ago, I was approached to design and make a sculpture which was to be based on long jumper Greg Rutherford.  Milton Keynes born and bred, he had recently won gold in the 2012 Olympic Games.  I was so pleased to be asked as i am particularly interested in sport.  I set about making a scale model which won the approval of the council.  A little over a year later, I got the go ahead to proceed. It was installed on Fen roundabout in Milton Keynes in June 2014.

 

Milton Keynes recognition of Greg Rutherford's acheivement

Milton Keynes recognition of Greg Rutherford’s achievement

 

 

This week Greg Rutherford was presented with a small version of that sculpture by Milton Keynes Council in recognition of his continuing success at the top of his game.  I was very pleased to at last get an opportunity to meet this inspirational athlete.

Manchester United- MUDSA present sculpture to Sir Alex Ferguson

Trophy presented to Sir Alex Ferguson

Trophy presented to Sir Alex Ferguson by Manchester United Disabled Supporters Association (MUDSA)


I have recently been honored to be commissioned by Manchester United Disabled Supporters Association (MUDSA)  to make a trophy to be presented to Sir Alex Ferguson.  This is to mark 25 years of MUDSA and Sir Alex Ferguson’s support over that time.  My aim was to portray this inspiring group of people and their love of football.  Pictured above is Sir Alex Ferguson CBE with Phil Downs MBE of MUDSA.

 

 

Osprey settles into new home

Garden, plant, travel and lifestyle photographyGarden, plant, travel and lifestyle photographySo pleased to see my Osprey in its new home.

Photo by Kat Weatherill

Moonlight 115cm x 130cm x 50cm

Sculptures on show at Newby Hall, Ripon

Newby Hall, Ripon – Summer Sculpture Exhibition

Two of my sculptures are on show, Red kite in flight and Moonlight

Moonlight 115cm x 130cm x 50cm

Moonlight 115cm x 130cm x 50cm