I Figurative Works
The first inspiration for wanting to make figurative sculpture was as a child having watched the wonderful Ray Harryhausen films, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, etc. The stop motion animation of figures of myth and legend was
a captivating feast for any young imaginative child. When my Father said that they were made from models, that was it. I was straight
to drawing and plasticine model making, I was full on. Then I discovered Artists and sculptors whose theme of choice was the figure. From Michelangelo through to Rodin onto Germine Richier and Elisabeth Frink and all in between and after (still discovering). I am not only influenced by all these great sculptors but also by the forces of nature, eg clouds, plants, sea, landscape etc. As well
as books; fact and fiction, poetry, plays and films etc. I express all these influences through my use of the male figure.
ABRIDGED, SELECTED EXHIBITIONS ( FOR 'PARIAH HEADS' STATEMENT
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2020 Due to Covid 19 eppedemic 5 exhibitions that I would have had a significent presance in have been canceled. Online reprsentation only.
2019 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition @ Abbey House Gardens, Malmsbury with the Cotswold Sculptors Association (of which I am a member).
2019 Gallery 21 Salisbury
2019 Axel Arts Xmass & New Year Show. Bath.
2018 Art Parks (Sculpture Gallery in Gernsey and online)
2018 Gallery 21 Salisbury Wiltshire
2018 Axle Arts 4th - 14th May, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Tasburgh house BATH.
2017 Bath Contemporary Seasonal Shows
2016 Bath Contemporary Mixed Shows
2015 Bath Contemporary Mixed Shows
2014 Lots Road Auction, Chelsea London. Large Bronze Head Sold, and was Featured Sculpture in Auction House catalogue .
2014 Bath Contemporary, part of two man exhibition, with painter Malcolm
Ashman. I endeavored to express the effects on male youth if in a neglected
2007-2014 Commissions / sales to private collectors
1995 - 2007 McHardy Sculpture Company, exhibited continuously with this gallery
within these dates. London
2000 Beaux Arts Gallery Summer Exhibition Bath
2000 Swan Guild Gallery Open Painting Competition Frome
1999 Beaux Arts Gallery Summer Exhibition Bath
1998 Beaux Arts Gallery Sculptors of Fame and Promise Bath
1997 Liverpool College of Art Liverpool
1997 Adam Gallery Bath
1996 Museum of Modern Art Wales
1994 The Golden Sheaf Gallery Narbeth. Wales
1994 Augustus Gallery Tenby, Wales
1994 The Boathouse Gallery Tenby, Wales
1993 The Dorchester Gallery Dorchester, Dorset
1997 Work purhased by the owner of The Cavern Culb, Liverpool.
1998 Shortlisted for portrait bust commission of Helly Nahman, together with
David Mach and Eduardo Paolozzi.
1998 Bronze sculpture 'Urban Caesar' purchased for the collection of Singer
and Freidlander Merchant Bank, London.
1999 Bronze piece selected for inclusion in a Channel 4
docu-drama. together with works by Frink and Moore
1993 £1000 from Arts Council of Wales
1994 Sponsored by Wales Tourist Board and Arts Council of Wales for Arts
ARTISTS STATEMENT 'PARIAH HEADS'
My work is concerned with the disenfranchised and dispossessed in society. People,
who perhaps through no fault of there own, have become marginalised. It is a fact that many young men in prison have learning difficulties such as dyslexia. If a child does not have engaged parents who are able to support their child or if the school is unable to help, that child repeatedly fails and this erosion of self esteem can lead to the need to be validated by those with different standards. As a teenager, that person can turn to gangs, to crime, to a society where he is no longer an outsider.
Some heads are cast in reinforced concrete to represent the often decayed and neglected urban environment which engenders feelings of dispossession and alienation. I attempt to express the vulnerable side of my characters, haunted by lost opportunities perhaps, while rendering them broad and oversized in order to denote their stregnth and status. I have been asked, why the broken noses? I find that this device gives my pieces a narrative. A broken nose can be caused by many things, including violence, but also by accident. In the case of a fight, the aggressor may not be the person you would expect it to be.
The ''Inner Walls" series represents those who have hit an invisible wall; a barrier to emotion, or to opportunity, perhaps.
I do not wish to dictate how to read my characters, they are individuals, as we are.