2021 Featured Sculptors

Brian Taylor

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.

Henry Moore commended Taylor’s work when acting as visiting tutor at the Slade.

He was awarded the Scholarship for the Slade Post-Graduate year from 1957-8.

Finally winning the Rome Scholarship in 1958, after which he was to spend five transformative years in Rome.

The architect Sir Richard Rogers, friends with Taylor as a young man quotes,” Brian Taylor was by far the most talented student at The Slade”

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Dawn Rowland

I am totally drawn to stone. There is a physicality and sensuality to working it.

Mostly I carve directly onto the stone retaining the freshness and spontaneity that direct carving brings. Sometimes I draw an image onto the stone, then carve it, enjoying the fluidity and spirit of the stone, and eventually bring the sculpture to fruition.

I also enjoy the differences in making a sculpture in bronze. The way the light bounces off the finished bronze creates a very different mood to stone. Making sculpture is like a microcosm of life with all its struggles, hard work and joy, yet the satisfaction and pleasure is worth everything

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Frederic Chevarin

Frédéric’s sculptures are unique, as each piece is the result of a deep search into the meaning of life.

Skills and machines, while indispensable, become thus simply means to develop the real purpose of sculpture, which is to convey deep emotions and to find inner peace.

Creativity stems from spirituality, which leaves the soul free to express itself, in the purest way, with no need to impress others.

Frédéric has been mentored by Helaine Blumenfeld OBE. His creations are located in private collections and in High Gate in London, Haddenham & Thame Parkway and the Willem Park, Milton Keynes.

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Helen Sinclair

Helen Sinclair studied sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art (1973 – 76) and has been a full-time sculptor since 1988.

She models her mostly figuratively-based sculpture in plaster, clay, wax and cardboard, also using reclaimed wood and found debris from the beaches near her home.

Her work is cast in small limited editions, in stone-resin or foundry-cast bronze.
She has made several public commissions, exhibits widely throughout the UK including annually at the Chelsea Flower Show and has work in private collections on five continents.

She has recently been elected the Vice-President of the Society of Women Artists.

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Michael Turner

Michael Turner is a Stainless Steel sculptor based in the market town of Lymington, in The New Forest. Taking inspiration from nature and wildlife, his garden sculptures of Horses, Birds of Prey and Crocodiles, to name just a few, are sold all over the world.

His sculptures, which are handmade from start to finish, are made with high grade stainless steel making them perfect for the outdoors. Michael has been sculpting for over 20 years now, and loves nothing more than a challenging project to get his teeth into.

Michael is delighted to be displaying his artwork within the beautiful grounds of The Beaulieu Estate.

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Paul Vanstone

Paul Vanstone studied sculpture at Central St. Martins School of Art before completing an MFA in sculpture at the Royal College of Art, from which he graduated in 1993. Following his graduation Vanstone worked in Italy at the traditional marble carving studios near the famous Carrera quarries.

He also spent time working in Berlin and has travelled to Rajasthan to learn India’s traditional marble carving techniques.

On his return to the UK, and for the next five years, Vanstone became an assistant to leading British sculptor, Anish Kapoor. Consequently, works carved by Vanstone on Kapoor’s behalf have been exhibited at world leading galleries, including the Tate Modern, London.

Since then Paul has shown his work at a number of major galleries in London, including the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as galleries and sculpture gardens throughout the UK.

He has gained a number of prestigious awards and commissions, among them being the Henry Moore Award (1991) and the Lady Carrington Sculpture Garden commission (1991 and 1996).

Paul Vanstone carves sculpture from stone, the nature of the material dictating how each piece evolves. His fascination is with the hardness and light reflecting qualities of marble and how this can be transformed to portray the curvature of the human body and the delicacy and flow of covering cloth.

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Shaun Gagg

Shaun was born 1969 and brought up in the mining village of Wombwell near Barnsley in Yorkshire. At school he always enjoyed art and was fascinated by Salvador Dali’s work.

Being in possession of a long ladder and with no fear of heights he would spend much of his free time rock climbing and caving in the Peak District.

Shaun soon found himself replacing the odd roof tile and this progressed to him becoming a full time roofer and also introduced him to a magical substance called slate. There were often skips full of quite large pieces at the slate companies who supplied him with roofing tiles and the words “take as much as tha wants lad” were music to his ears. Later, this would progress to weekly trips to Wales where there are slate tips the size of mountains. This was more or less how Shaun’s life was for the next 15 years or so with him creating just the odd sculpture now and again from either slate or perhaps a big lump of sandstone.

The style of these sculptures was described by people who saw them as: – “they’re very Barbara Hepworth aren’t they”. At this point however, Shaun had never heard of her!

He eventually looked her up and discovered some of her work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, less than ten miles from where he lived. These visits to Y.S.P also introduced Shaun to the work of Henry Moore, and he found aspects of similarity to his own work.

But by far the most influential sculptor he discovered there was Andy Goldsworthy.

Andy’s balanced land art became an obsession of Shaun’s and you would often find him in the shallows of the nearby reservoirs of the Peak District, sat in the water balancing as many as 6 or 7 large rocks with just millimetres of contact points between each one.

12 years ago Shaun moved to the coast of Flamborough near Bridlington. Here he continued his land art where his playground was the beaches full of large cobbles.

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