Neil Lawson Baker - Portrait


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.

Neil and enlarger, Richard Clarke, looking at the newly enlarged version of Speak to us of Freedom in clay at just under 3.0m
The foundry - some of the Morris Singer team. Neil is holding a newly patinated I Wish bronze sculpture

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.

The Goddess Diana by A. Falguiere - bronze sculpture

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

P.J. Mene. The Derby Winner 1863 bronze sculpture

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.


A Joyous Moment - Fine Art Bronze of a mother standing, arms outstretched, holding a 'flying' baby and kissing its head.

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 portrait, wearing a purple shirt and black blazer

Kees Verkade – sculptor

KEES with a work by Neil

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

Portrait image of Eric Gibbard - CEO of Burghleighfield Foundry wearing glasses, a white shirt and pale blue-grey jacket.

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. 17m high, 10t bronze outside the Malaysian national stadium on a 14-point star plinth - one point for each state.
Bronze dagger sculpture with ceremonial arch behind, all flags flying for grand ceremonial. View away from stadium down pool.

Later, the Opening of the Channel Tunnel.

Abstract Bronze Sculpture, for 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.

Globe at LIFFE
Open Outcry (LIFFE Trader)

British Gas & British Telecom.

The British Gas Flame at Reading a large bronze sculpture lit with blue light from the bottom at night
BT - 'The Piper'

The Magna Carta Memorial in Egham near Runnymede.

The Magna Carta Fountain


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.

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