I work in an approach pioneered in the
1960's best defined as 'Direct Metal Sculpture' in which the metal is
used as supplied rather than being cast or forged into shapes.
Instead I fabricate and assemble components to make the finished
piece of art, this allows the production of large complex works which
often manage to look light and delicate belying the hardness,
strength and weight of the materials used.
Over time I realised that the space
occupied by the sculpture is more important than it's surface and
that lines can define that space. In effect similar to line drawings;
I use simple bold lines to define the space and leave it to the
viewer to fill in that space, I also came to view little details as
distractions and prefer to leave them out where possible allowing the
form to take over.
Somebody once made the comment that I
was making three dimensional cartoons or sketches, which in some ways describes
what I am trying to do.
Goosey is a project I am currently
working on that shows these ideas. A simple open structure made up of
strong flowing lines. The next stage is to produce a stand that
allows her to pivot to face into the wind. Wingspan is just under 3m.
A lot of my work takes it's inspiration
from nature, and I enjoy working on both large and small scale works. the Veiled Chameleon is a personal favourite of mine and is very possibly not for sale as he lives in my front room.
Most of what I do these days is made to
commission, I find taking somebody else's idea and turning it into a
three dimensional sculpture is a fascinating process and often leads
to my best work.The screens below are a good example of the commission process. My customer wanted to 'Celebrate the 'Newtiness' of his pond and wanted something 'Big and Bold!' a vague design brief but between us we fulfilled it.
I am self taught as a sculptor; back
in 2003 I was looking for a new way to satisfy my creative urges. I
did a very short taster course in basic welding and knew I had found
what I was looking for.
Once I had picked up the basics of
welding I was able to carry on and come up with my own style of
working and develop a range of themes and techniques to achieve my
Initially I was looking for a hobby but
after about three years I took the plunge and decided to see if my
art could support me.
In 2015 I moved to South Wales to
expand my workshop into a proper studio space. I now have sufficient
space, lots of natural light and high ceilings to allow my work to
develop and to facilitate running taster workshops for the public.
There are several pages on my site detailing different aspects of my work. Do feel free to contact me if you need further information.