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Toni Morrison, life size plaster cast
Toni Morrison, life size plaster cast, looking right
Toni Morrison, life size plaster cast, rear view
Toni Morrison, clay model before casting
Toni Morrison, close-up of clay modelling


Toni Morrison Sculpture

Deirdre Nicholls

United Kingdom

Sculpture, Plaster on Other

Size: 10.6 W x 18.1 H x 13.8 D in

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Inspired by African-American writer Toni Morrison, this is number two in a series of portraits I am making of women writers.(The first was Virginia Woolf ). Toni Morrison was not only a great writer, but a great and generous teacher. Her warmth and wit shone out and I hope I have caught something of this. I loved her fabulous dreadlocks, and it was a great challenge re-creating these in clay so that I could make this portrait of a great lady. My YouTube channel has some short videos of this work being created in my studio.

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Sculpture:Plaster on Other

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:10.6 W x 18.1 H x 13.8 D in

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My sculpture ‘Hello Dolly’ is being exhibited at the 2024 Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition in Edinburgh, her image is also gracing the banners around the building itself. Working from my studio in Selkirkshire in the Scottish Borders. I specialise in figurative sculpture and watercolours. Exhibited at the 2023 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London. My three bronze sheep were originally shown at the Cookham Sculpture Festival sponsored by John Lewis 2022, and then at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. Recent portrait works focus on women writers and include busts of Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison and ongoing work on a bust of Hannah Arendt. Work in progress can be seen on this YouTube channel, Autumn 2019 completed a private commission for a statuette in bronze of a pioneer of women’s golf for the R&A Golf Museum in St Andrews. Last solo exhibition pre-lockdown was a series of paintings shown at the John Radcliffe in Oxford, based on time spent on the Cote d'Azur. A series of drawings and paintings of Dorset landscapes and sheep paintings was shown at Aspects Gallery in Dorchester, summer 2018. Portrait sculpture work is in public and private collections in the UK, with several in the University of Edinburgh's collection. Other works are in France and the US. Born in Edinburgh, daughter of a sculptor and stonemason, I was trained in traditional methods at Liverpool and Winchester Schools of Art in the 1970’s and was an early winner of the Northern Young Contemporaries Prize , awarded by the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester in1975. Winchester had suberb visiting and in-house lecturers in the 1970's, benefitted from teaching by William Pye, Norman Ackroyd, Patrick Heron, John Bellany and many others who were both great artists and good teachers. My most notable work to date is a large bronze portrait of Nelson Mandela, for Glasgow City Council. A specialist in portraits from both live sitters and reconstructions, and also a classicist,I created a reconstruction of Alexander the Great in 2018, after a period of extensive research undertaken for an MA in Classics with the OU.

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