I’m pleased to announce a major release of new work for my animal sculpture exhibition at Beaux Arts Gallery in Bath from 21 November 2020 until 23 January 2021.
This exhibition explores the character, intimacy, drama and boundless wonder of the animal world. From a group of sitting warthogs to a busy family of lion cubs, each piece has a story to tell.
Typically, my animal sculptures are based closely on observations made in the wild. There’s no better way to understand an animal and its interaction with its natural environment. Unfortunately, my usual programme of animal sculpture workshops has not been running this year, due to Covid travel restrictions.
These trips would normally provide me with the raw material I need for a year or more of work. They often provide the opportunity to observe rare and endangered animals at close quarters, or to gain new insight and understanding of more familiar species.
This year I was due to visit the Pantanal in Brazil on a scouting mission for a future art safari with Wildlife Worldwide. This is a trip I’d really been looking forward to and I’m very excited about what the Pantanal has to offer as an art safari destination.
The Pantanal, covering over 70,000 square miles, is the world’s largest tropical wetland and is home to the capybara, giant anteater and sloth. Unlike the Amazon, where the thick jungle obscures the view, the Pantanal is a relatively open environment that affords spectacular wildlife viewing.
Hopefully, this trip will still go ahead at some point in the near future. Sign up to my newsletter if you’d like to keep up-to-date with future animal sculpture workshops and art safaris. In the meantime, I’ve been drawing on photographic and other resources to model some of the Pantanal’s incredible wildlife for my 2020 animal sculpture exhibition in Bath.
If you’re able to visit my animal sculpture exhibition in person, Beaux Arts is a large gallery with five rooms and two staircases so visitors can move safely around the exhibition while respecting social distancing restrictions. Alternatively, the gallery is promoting the exhibition online. You can also follow the progress of my latest animal sculptures on social media, where I post photo, video and time-lapse captures.