This page illustrates some of my ‘pure’ sculptural work, usually in sandstone. It only shows the few pieces I have made since settling in Australia in June 2004 – my work in the UK at present does not have a digital presence. Also search for sculptural lettering in the main section for pieces that are inspired by and incorporate carved lettering.
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3) This piece, Sea Fugue, is from unidentified wood salvaged from a beach on the east coast of Australia in June 2014, left to dry then carved in December 2014. (44in x 12in x 9in.)
2) There are times when lettering is not enough, when a stone beckons with another voice. So it was with this piece created slowly over the past three months.
The sandstone (from Queensland, Australia) has lain in my garden many years. I picked it up one day, rectangular in form and placed it on the bench. To my mind I saw a fish and, though I had never carved one before, felt a compulsion. It came to being as the weeks went by. Then I used gold for the tail (only on one side as I did not have enough for both) and patinated copper for the base. The piece has energy, nicely displayed in the late afternoon light. I am happy. I think this fish may swim eternally.
1) Head of a man. Sandstone. (12in x 7in x 6in on wood base.)
Sandstone (whereabouts unknown, 9in by 9in.)
Slate on a limestone base. Made in the UK and shipped for exhibition in Sydney in 2004. Current location unknown. About 2ft sq.