Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Alpine Sculpture

"Kara", a female of a French gun dog breed called a Korthal Griffin, turned out to be the most endearing dog which took to us immediately upon our arrival at her French home.  She has had an interesting history - she was rescued as a youngster off the mountains nearby and had been living wild with a companion who was also successfully rehomed..

As you can see from the pictures to follow, my client wanted a double figure work; master (the boy) and Kara. The setting is idyllic, a wild woodland garden with a fast flowing stream sweeping around its far border, in a crescent shape, all against the magnificent backdrop of the Alps. The house is a classical alpine chalet that looks down from a height onto the garden.  The duo composition is destined for 'pride of place' in perfect sight from the balcony and living rooms.

The boy is talking quietly and affectionately to his willing friend whilst pointing to an unknown quarry some distance away. Kara sits obediently with a devoted expression towards her young master and with a twinkle in her eye.

I have been very lucky to have been given these beautiful life size commissions which are now both off to start their protracted processes of becoming bronze.

Sunday, August 19, 2018


Great new project "Richie" 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

John Angel Sculptor

Central, in Kings Square Bridgwater is this amazing war memorial which caught my eye recently. I looked for a signature but could find none. I am assured however that it is signed and it is 'an Angel', that is John Angel, a celebrated sculptor on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He was born in Devon (South West England) and died in the USA. He had superlative training at the Royal Academy Schools under Colton and Frampton. 

This work is somewhat unusual and very complicated. The right hand holds a globe which is reminiscent of Alfred Gilbert. The children figures, which are a little difficult to distinguish at first sight, are intriguing. The piece is filled with allegorical ideas: see more detail

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Really is this green. Quantocks Old England 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

New Flying Spaniel

I have been commissioned to 'do' another spaniel. Here is the clay original. She will be 'feathered' at the wax stage and the he pillar removed.

Monday, May 23, 2016

'Hermione' a new 'Girl On Tummy'

I was commissioned by an old friend to do another girl on tummy. The original was one of my first works back in the last century! She was very popular and sold out quite quickly. 'Hermione' I hope will be appreciated too, in another eight households. The first has now made the trip to her new home on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New Work, Sculpture

One has to start with something! These two photos were take about a month ago. 

Later pictures will follow!

New Spaniel

New Girl On Tummy!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Anthony Gormley

Well here's a surprise in the Lake District. I guess that is it either a Gormley or 'After Gormley' couldn't get close enough to see a signature. Like the next work it is all about 'location'!
This one is a little different viewed from other angles.

Quite clever! Full of holes in it if you look closely. 

Coniston Water.

Friday, February 05, 2016


Probable one of his better works, I saw this yesterday in Bristol Art Museum. It's was well worth a visit if you are in the centre of Bristol. Derwent Wood RA

Wednesday, December 02, 2015


Unfortunately a couple of improvement tweaks on my website have caused some photos of my work to "disappear", we are working hard to correct it. Some works appear on this site however.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Mattel Civitali

Another monument to the talented in Lucca is this great work.

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Saturday, September 05, 2015

Lucca, Puccini, Vito Tongiani - Sculptor

Here is a shot of a well presented 'portrait sculpture' of a past resident of Lucca.

Puccini, I imagine, would have approved of this, displayed in a delightful square in the ancient fortified town of Lucca in North West Tuscany, Italy. I was passing with a camera (as one does whilst on holiday!) and just had to add it here. Vito Tongiani has done a good job, this work portrays him exactly as I imagined Puccini to have been. 

Vito has an interesting presence on line and worth googling! 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Heaven Visited

I have recently visited three of the most spectacular homes on earth, here is a tiny glimps for you.
Smedmore House first:

Home with a view of the sea, privately owned still.

Greenway, Agatha Christie's holiday place on the River Dart.
 National Trust

And now something else!

 And here is the clue for this house below.....
No idea? Try

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mauritshuis, home of the pearl earing and a wonderful place to see.

Like The Wallace Collection, the Mauritshuis in the Hague has a very special atmosphere, rather more intimate than cosy, paintings are presented beautifully, not too dark, not too many in one spoonful, well chosen together and we often had the room empty of other visitors.

It was lovely to see 'education in action' before the "Girl With The Pearl Earing" and I was able to get a clear shot of it soon after.

The Mauritshuis was the highlight of our visit to Holland and it will be interesting to compare it to our impending visit to Italy. I will report back here.
PS But not much sculpture inside!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Willow Man Bird Attack

Willow man first appeared near the M5 Motorway many years ago (2001) when that bit of Somerset was just a very flat rather windswept field. We used to admire it as we shot past going North or South at 'around' 70 mph. Made from willow on a steel frame it was remade after an arson fire by the Artist Sculptress Serena de la Hey. At 40 foot high (12 Metres) it must have been fun to make.

I considered doing a horse in Dorset inspired by this work and using glass fibre but the local planners gave it the thumbs down: there is a wind turbine there now!

Willow man is seen here from the other side (non motorway) a little worse for wear again. Birds attack the poor chap for nesting material!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Art in Cornwall, A Summer in February

One of the sources of building material for the Thames Embankment came from Lamorna Cove in Cornwall. So next time you come to London and see this sculpture of Queen Boadicea by Thomas Thornecroft next to Big Ben, think of the stones below the embankment you stand on and remember this beautiful little cove in Cornwall.

We had not gone just to look at the sea and granite but also because this part of Cornwall has good light which attracts painters and other artists. Lamorna is very close to The Newlyn Arts School and museum, The Tate Gallery St. Ives and The Hepworth Gallery. The February weather was almost up to summer standards with shirtless boys playing cricket on the beach in the warm sunshine but these worthy establishments stayed firmly shut for the season much to my disapointment.

We watched the recently released "Summer in February" filmed locally which tells the tragic story of A J Munnings PRA and his first wife. Such beautiful weather there in February!

 Can you spot St. Micheal's Mount?

The Minack Theatre did us proud though. John Brolly did a splendid rendering of Prospero in The Tempest in a Tea Cup. Miranda was played by a large teaspoon, ooh la-la, and despite the chill in the sea air we were entertained brilliantly.

John Brolly

The Minack Theatre  

Tate St. Ives

Newlyn Art school

Newlyn Art Museum

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