within a modernist sensibility, carving wood, stone and modelling
clay. I acknowledge the history of sculpture and draw inspiration
from it. My ideas are figurative. I try to manifest the physical
in the stone, create an illusion of a dynamic surface that is suggestive.
The subject may also include a concept such as history, archaeology,
distant culture or another world even.
are labour intesive they are dependent on their visual and tactile
qualities, they are haptice, informed by touch and informing by
In 2010 I completed
two wood carvings for Margaret McMillan Park in Deptford, commissioned
by Lewisham Council. I also completed a play area of wood carved
benches for Warwick Gardens, commissioned by Southwark Council.
In March 2007
I completed and sited three large woodcarvings (3 meters high),
in a new public garden in Lewisham, Cornmill Gardens. All three
were carved from trees that had been cleared from the site. Each
carving is based on one of the watermills that once occupied the
site, the river Ravensbourn cuts through the Gardens. Lewisham Council
commissioned the sculptures.
One other commission
I was involved with in 2007 was a relief carving in Black Marble,
based on a chapter from a poem called Little Rabbit by Luo Ying,
'Last Man', 1 meter x 2.5 meters.
Commissioned by the Zhongkun Investment group, Beijing China. The
relief will be sited in a new gallery in Beijing.
I have taken
part in several exhibitions this year. The relief sculpture Victims,
2006, Painted Plaster, 50 x 45 cm. was exhibited at the Foundary
Gallery on Old Street, Shoreditch. The relief was based on current
news paper images of the War in Iraq I did a whole series of plaster
sculptures based on news images, in this one I include a surreal
element in an attempt to convey the horror.
Dark Ship I
exhibited at the APT gallery in the exhibition Bounty, 'my carving
Dark Ship attempts to show the shadow side of the voyage of the
Bounty, the stone is dark but also reflective, looking back at events
200 years since the abolition of the Trans- Atlantic slave trade.'
Mars, 2004, is part of a series based on the planets.
Royal Arsenal Gardens Woolwich. 2002. I carved five granite carvings
based on local history. Iron, bronze and gold, is an example of
public commissions include; Alcatel Ferry steps, at Enderby Wharf,
Greenwich. 2001. I replaced and carved new steps based on local