WHY SCULPTURE?

WELCOME

I have now been sculpting for more than 30 years – since 1987 – and have been privileged to work with foundries such as Burleighfield; Morris Singer; Pangolin; Castle and Talos.

Also with famous Sculpture enlargers or ‘agrandisseurs’ as they are known in France.

Robert and Olivier Haligon in Paris and Richard Clarke in England.

 

My hand-eye skills come from over 40 years experience in reconstructive dental surgery where mistakes can never be made.

With a work of art one can usually make corrections but not so when one is operating on a patient!

In the 1970’s, having initially been a collector for many years I started buying French works from Bruton Gallery in Somerset

I also collected a number of French 19th Century Animalier works by artists such as Barye and Mene.

I always managed to spend a few hours here and there in galleries and museums and my first wife Sue worked as a PA in Christies, so I spent a lot of time browsing their auction rooms absorbing art as if by by osmosis!

. My tastes developed and I became more and more interested in contemporary works.

You can see that my greatest influences range from Picasso, Matisse and Moore through Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth to Chirico, Cesar and of course Giacometti and many more.

Rodin however was an early source of inspiration as the father of French sculpture in the 19th century.

HOW I LEARNED TO BE A SCULPTOR

After a very kind and generous sculpture lesson / demonstration from the Dutch Sculptor Kees Verkade in his studio in Antibes market in 1987, what then followed was a series of amazing happy, life changing coincidences It led to me starting to sculpt and work on maquettes in wax.

Not very long afterwards having been introduced to cast in bronze, Initially at the Burlieghfield Foundry, Eric Gibbard, Ted Knell and Dennis Ball all encouraged me to produce one wax after another.

Some of these works suddenly found their way to being cast as large bronzes for leading corporations and governments as well as private collectors.

Before very long I was lucky enough to have commissions for the Palace of Westminster.

Others followed.

The 17 metre Keris and its arches and a water feature for The National Stadium in Malaysia and later, the Opening of The Channel Tunnel.

The London Stock Exchange and The Financial Futures Exchange LIFFE and sculptures for British Gas and British Telecom plus The Magna Carta Memorial in Egham near Runnymede.

WELCOME

I have now been sculpting for more than 30 years – since 1987 – and have been privileged to work with foundries such as Burleighfield; Morris Singer; Pangolin; Castle and Talos.

Also with famous Sculpture enlargers or ‘agrandisseurs’ as they are known in France.

Robert and Olivier Haligon in Paris and Richard Clarke in England.

 

My hand-eye skills come from over 40 years experience in reconstructive dental surgery where mistakes can never be made.

With a work of art one can usually make corrections but not so when one is operating on a patient!

In the 1970’s, having initially been a collector for many years I started buying French works from Bruton Gallery in Somerset

 

I also collected a number of French 19th Century Animalier works by artists such as Barye and Mene.

 

I always managed to spend a few hours here and there in galleries and museums and my first wife Sue worked as a PA in Christies, so I spent a lot of time browsing their auction rooms absorbing art as if by by osmosis!

. My tastes developed and I became more and more interested in contemporary works.

 

You can see that my greatest influences range from Picasso, Matisse and Moore through Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth to Chirico, Cesar and of course Giacometti and many more.

Rodin however was an early source of inspiration as the father of French sculpture in the 19th century.

HOW I LEARNED TO BE A SCULPTOR

 

After a very kind and generous sculpture lesson / demonstration from the Dutch Sculptor Kees Verkade in his studio in Antibes market in 1987, what then followed was a series of amazing happy, life changing coincidences It led to me starting to sculpt and work on maquettes in wax.

 

Kees Verkade – Sculptor

Not very long afterwards having been introduced to cast in bronze, Initially at the Burlieghfield Foundry, Eric Gibbard, Ted Knell and Dennis Ball all encouraged me to produce one wax after another.

                                                                                     Eric Gibbard – Founder

Some of these works suddenly found their way to being cast as large bronzes

for leading corporations and governments as well as private collectors.

Before very long I was lucky enough to have commissions for the Palace of Westminster.

 

Others followed.

The 17 metre Keris and its arches and a water feature for The National Stadium in Malaysia

 

Later the Opening of The Channel Tunnel.

 

HM The Queen and President Mitterand

Opening The Channel Tunnel. Folkestone 1994   

The London Stock Exchange and The Financial Futures Exchange LIFFE.

 

British Gas and British Telecom

 

The Magna Carta Memorial in Egham near Runnymede.

 

 

I ALSO PAINT

AND TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS USING REFLECTIONS IN WINDOWS

and

  I ALSO WRITE CHILDREN’S STORIES ABOUT ‘THE BOWDLEFLODES’!

 

PLEASE COME AND VISIT MY STUDIO IN BEAUTIFUL WEST SUSSEX

 

May I extend an open invitation to visit my home and my Studio and Gallery near Chichester.

I can make it an exciting day out and all my work is of course for sale.  Private and Corporate Commissions are very welcome. Lunch or a glass of good wine might encourage you……………….haha!!

Just call or text me on +44 (0) 7802 896 073

or email me at:-  neillawsonbaker@aol.com

 

BREADTH of MANKIND under construction in March 2017.

This work will be exhibited at The Bargehouse at OXO Tower in the heart of London

at the entrance to

NOA17 the 21st National Open Art Exhibition in November 2017.

SEE

SCULPTURE LIBRARY

WELCOME

I have now been sculpting for more than 30 years – since 1987 – and have been privileged to work with foundries such as Burleighfield; Morris Singer; Pangolin; Castle and Talos.

Also with famous Sculpture enlargers or ‘agrandisseurs’ as they are known in France.

Robert and Olivier Haligon in Paris and Richard Clarke in England.

My hand-eye skills come from over 40 years experience in reconstructive dental surgery where mistakes can never be made.

With a work of art one can usually make corrections but not so when one is operating on a patient!

In the 1970’s, having initially been a collector for many years I started buying French works from Bruton Gallery in Somerset

I also collected a number of French 19th Century Animalier works by artists such as Barye and Mene.

I always managed to spend a few hours here and there in galleries and museums and my first wife Sue worked as a PA in Christies, so I spent a lot of time browsing their auction rooms absorbing art as if by by osmosis!

. My tastes developed and I became more and more interested in contemporary works.

You can see that my greatest influences range from Picasso, Matisse and Moore through Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth to Chirico, Cesar and of course Giacometti and many more.

Rodin however was an early source of inspiration as the father of French sculpture in the 19th century.

HOW I LEARNED TO BE A SCULPTOR

After a very kind and generous sculpture lesson / demonstration from the Dutch Sculptor Kees Verkade in his studio in Antibes market in 1987, what then followed was a series of amazing happy, life changing coincidences It led to me starting to sculpt and work on maquettes in wax.

Kees Verkade – Sculptor   

Not very long afterwards having been introduced to cast in bronze, Initially at the Burlieghfield Foundry, Eric Gibbard, Ted Knell and Dennis Ball all encouraged me to produce one wax after another.

                                                                                     Eric Gibbard – Founder

Some of these works suddenly found their way to being cast as large bronzes

for leading corporations and governments as well as private collectors.

Before very long I was lucky enough to have commissions for the Palace of Westminster.

Portcullis and Crown

Others followed.

The 17 metre Keris and its arches and a water feature for The National Stadium in Malaysia

The Keris - Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaThe Keris - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Later the Opening of The Channel Tunnel.

The Opening of The Channel Tunnel

HM The Queen opens the Channel Tunnel

HM The Queen and President Mitterand

Opening The Channel Tunnel. Folkestone 1994   

The London Stock Exchange and The Financial Futures Exchange LIFFE.

The Globe for LIFFE - sculpture in bronzeThe LIFFE Trader - bronze sculpture

British Gas and British Telecom

The British Gas Flame at ReadingThe British Telecom Herald - bronze sculpture

The Magna Carta Memorial in Egham near Runnymede.

The Magna Carta Fountain

 

I ALSO PAINT

DALI esque for website

AND TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS USING REFLECTIONS IN WINDOWS

TAXI IN BUENOS AIRES 2007

EASTER at TIFFANY

and

  I ALSO WRITE CHILDREN’S STORIES ABOUT ‘THE BOWDLEFLODES’!

 

PLEASE COME AND VISIT MY STUDIO IN BEAUTIFUL WEST SUSSEX

May I extend an open invitation to visit my home and my Studio and Gallery near Chichester.

I can make it an exciting day out and all my work is of course for sale.  Private and Corporate Commissions are very welcome. Lunch or a glass of good wine might encourage you……………….haha!!

Just call or text me on +44 (0) 7802 896 073

or email me at:-  neillawsonbaker@aol.com

BREADTH of MANKIND under construction in March 2017.

This work will be exhibited at The Bargehouse at OXO Tower in the heart of London

at the entrance to

NOA17 the 21st National Open Art Exhibition in November 2017.

SEE

SCULPTURE LIBRARY

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