With Neil at the helm…

With Neil at the helm…

…there’s always new life at Graingers! 

Surprisingly (to the rest of us) there’s no new sculpture this week at Graingers!  Neil has instead been enjoying the sun, the spring and the garden!

Neil sitting on a bicycle at rest, leaning up against a 4m high Speak to us of Freedom

Neil, in the garden, leaning up against a 4m tall ‘Speak to us of Freedom’

Spring growth in the giant tree fern in the Graingers garden

New growth from one of his treasured giant tree ferns in the garden

Come Rain, Come Shine

Come Rain, Come Shine

… at The Studio 

Clay model ofa pregnant woman, seen from behind.

A lovely, sunny, spring day…

Speak to us of Love - 2

And almost immediately… …the shower clouds appear!

Speak to us of Love - 2

Sculpture abounds in the grounds of The Studio.

Love in the Park – new work

Love in the Park – new work

Speak to us of Love – 2 

Gibran Sculpture Series

Clay model ofa pregnant woman, seen from behind.

 Love in the Park – work-in-progress 

I’m excited about this new work which I have called ‘Love in the Park – Speak to us of Love 2‘.  It has a very similar feel to the original ‘Speak to us of Love’ (also known as The Kiss).  This new sculpture, I created in April 2021.  It has a tenderness which emanates even from this early wax model.

Speak to us of Love - 2

It will be cast as two separate figures.  When they have been cleaned up after casting, they will be moved into position to allow them to be joined.  The arms will be welded on separately and individually to allow the close positioning embrace to emerge.

Speak to us of Love - 2

Once I have finished the details in the wax, the sculpture will be cast in bronze.  At that point it will be available to order in advance.  Sadly it won’t be a finished work of art before early autumn 2021 though.  The fine art bronze foundries, all have huge waiting lists and are trying to catch up following severely reduced production during the pandemic.

Speak to us of Love 2 - Back View
Speak to us of Love - 2

Work in Progress!  Speak to us of Love – 2 or Love in the Park, in the original wax

8 Months – a first look at the clay

8 Months – a first look at the clay

It is always nice to see new work developing and here is one of two new works which I have been making in the first months of 2021.

Clay model ofa pregnant woman, seen from behind.

First sight of ‘8 Months’ a study, depicting the miracle of procreation.

UN Logo in blue on white

I’m privileged to use the facility in Richard Clarke’s enlargement studio.

The sculpture in-situ

‘8 Months’ in clay, side view.

The sculpture in-situ

‘8 Months’ from the front, in clay, in the workshop.

8 Months‘ is particularly relevant at the moment as I am about to lose my wonderful PA for about a year, as she is now 5 months pregnant.  Maternity leave is getting near and my life will be in turmoil without my ‘right hand’, who I rely upon so heavily!

This work was originally made by me in wax, but the armature was not strong enough and so I have now made a clay edition.  It will soon be ready for moulding and then will be cast in bronze at the foundry, as a further work to be displayed in my studio in West Ashling, where all the work is for sale.

Speak to us of Freedom – Installation!

Speak to us of Freedom – Installation!

The Gibran Sculpture Series

  After hours and hours of blood, sweat and tears by a huge number of very skilled craftsmen, here is the final journey and, as you will see, very happy resting place of, Speak to us of Freedom.

The fine art bronze sculpture lying strapped to the floor of the van on a mattress.

The fine art bronze sculpture, Speak to us of Freedom, lying strapped to the floor of the van on a mattress.

UN Logo in blue on white

The sculpture being carried through the house in Chelsea to the enclosed back garden.

The sculpture in-situ

Speak to us of Freedom, in situ in the garden of a house in Chelsea

The sculpture in-situ

Speak to us of Freedom, in situ in the garden of a house in Chelsea – close up

The installation team

The installation team.

And so another work in the Gibran Sculpture Series takes its place.
I’m so pleased with the result and, happily, so is the client.

Tribute to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Tribute to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

HANDS IN PRAYER

 for

The Icorec Trust

HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh (left) at the UN in New York to present bronze sculpture Hands in Prayer. UN logo above.

 HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh inside the UN, about to present the Hands in Prayer sculpture (bottom right) on behalf of the Icorec Trust.

I was approached in London by Shelley Vaughan Williams who asked if I would cast a bronze sculpture of hands in prayer.  It was to be used as an annual award for religious literature, given by The Icorec Trust. The first year, it was to be presented by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in the Security Council Chamber of the United Nations building, in New York. The Icorec Trust was formed to promote multi-racialism and religious tolerance.

I duly carved and cast the sculpture and flew it to New York for this auspicious occasion.  I was privileged to be invited to the event and was later interviewed about it on UN Radio.

UN Logo in blue on white

After the sculpture presentation, and all the speeches were over, we were all treated to a private lunch.  I was introduced to Prince Philip, who had generously flown to New York from London specifically for this presentation.

I am writing this on the day after his funeral, some 28 years later, a memorable day, when the nation mourned the loss of this amazing man.

The United Nations Headquarters in New York, flags flying in a row in front. A brilliant blue sky behind and bright sunshine.

You may have noticed that I have made another similar work to this one which is called Please Speak to us of Prayer, in the Gibran Sculpture Series.  They are similar, but quite distinct.  This one, has the palms facing upward, and the other with the palms facing together.  I feel both are representative of prayer and I’m proud of them both!

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