Joel Wyatt

Joel Wyatt

Penperlleni, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom

About Joel Wyatt

About Joel
Portrait Sculptor, based in South Wales

"My great enthusiasm for portrait sculpture is largely due to childhood visits to waxwork museums and attractions of a similar nature.

I was absolutely captivated by depictions of fascinating, legendary characters, and how tableaux can be used to tell stories.

In the years that followed I made repeated visits to Tussaud's (both Madame and Louis), Tunnels Through Time (Newquay), Flambards (Helston), Trocadero Rock Circus, The London Dungeon, to name a few. I collected museum paraphenalia and became quite the wax museum connoisseur!

In 2010 I decided to take my lifelong interest a step further by studying the wax head creation process at City Lit under the instruction of Tussaud's artists.

I came away after four weekends with a rather frightening wax life-cast of my own face, with eerie wisps of real hair punched in!

I decided then to enrol on a course taught by renowned sculptor Luke Shepherd, whose bronze busts of politicians I had seen in local museums. The course was absolutely fantastic, and gave me the opportunity to hone my sculpting skills and learn about bronze resin casting.

Education

Portrait Sculpture Course taught by Luke Shepherd at Hannah's (Newton Abbot) - Summer 2012

'Creating a Face in Wax' course taught by Tussauds artists Martin Hanson and Sue Day (City Lit, London) - May 2010

1st Class BA Hons in Professional Media Practice (Swansea Institute of Higher Education) - 2002 - 2005