"We look at the world through eyes of ancient mud."
Straw Dogs, John Gray
Whatever else weighs upon us, the pull of the Natural World is the strongest force that shapes our lives.
Working within the traditions of the early 20th Century Modernist sculpture greats like Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, it is important to balance inspiration with strict craftsmanship, technique and in-depth understanding of the medium. Faith and verity towards the material being central to the process.
With this in mind, all of the artwork is focused on emotional description and unbroken connection with the natural world, the aspirational and the compassionate.
Sculpture is a means of narrative melding context with form. Distinctly figurative works contain both endogenous and exterior depictions, while those that lean towards pure abstraction are more philosophical. Music, dance and intangible expression through tangible form make up the core of the work.
Construction is a hands-on, visceral process. The clay and the techniques are chosen to generate active, expressive intensity that can be reflected through the permanent, finished artwork, locking the moment-to-moment inspiration and emotional engagement into the clay itself.
You will find all sorts of information about my sculpture, how it's made, explanations of the Series, and the ideas and landscapes that inspire them.
On this page, https://ospreystudios.org/blog-contents/ , you can find the set of 'step-by-step' posts that I hope will be useful to anyone wanting to work in clay, including on a monumental scale or just see how on earth it's done.
BFA (Hons) from Exeter College of Art and Design, Exeter, UK and The Program In Artisanry, Boston University, Boston, USA.
My studio sculptures are in private collections all around the world and in the collections of The National Trust and National Parks in the UK.
I regularly place sculpture in galleries and work to commission.
There is information about my public sculptures and reliefs here: https://ospreystudios.org/commissions-and-collaborative-sculptures/