I spent some time with sculptor Alan Thornhill just before Christmas, talking about a work he was re-acquainting himself with, that he created in the early 1970s. Thornhill noted: I first met Colin Davis as he then was at several … Continue reading Portraiture – Alan Thornhill’s study of Colin Davis
I met Hilaire Belloc’s great grandson in the New Year to look at an extant bust of Belloc, with a view to seeing whether there was ‘room’ for a posthumous bust or sculpture which tries to convey the emotive power … Continue reading Belloc sleuthing – and the discovery of a lost sculptor
Artists need to have access to the best resources possible. For work from life, that means exactly that: do not resort to photographs when someone is alive. It demeans the sitter not experiencing them in the flesh. When the subject is … Continue reading The posthumous bust: portrait or sculpture?
The Pulborough stone which has been carved through 2013/4 at Wiggonholt approaches completion. It will be called Trisantonis, the Roman name meaning ‘the trespasser’, given to the middle Arun waters which regularly flooded and created the inland sea overlooked by … Continue reading A PULBOROUGH SCULPTURE & A BALLIOL BROADLAND STORY
We use the term gut feeling as a visceral emotional reaction to something; often one of uneasiness. However this does not originate in the stomach but in the subconscious, which sends a message through the vagus nerve to the stomach. Half of our nerve cells are located within the gut and these are an important factor in our intuition. The gut feeling then travels throughout the nervous system and is experienced by the whole body. I started the Devil’s Punch Bowl stone at Hindhead last week. In the three months of planning for the sculpture, I had agonised over where the block … Continue reading Bovines and gut feelings
This newly published paper tells the intriguing story of an important, newly discovered Roman sculpture. Click here to open (it is a 1mb file so may take a few seconds to access the archive); scroll down past the frontispiece page … Continue reading A newly discovered Roman Sculpture – the Fittleworth Iphigenia
Enthusing about the sort of things that goes through an artist’s mind in responding to place is thought-provoking. I biked around Hindhead’s Devil’s Punch Bowl distilling what I felt were the most visceral parts for me – a sublime landscape partially reborn, a heinous murder and narratives of good versus evil. Conan Doyle couldn’t have planned better, and indeed his Hound of the Baskervilles was written at Undershaw, the house he built and lived in for a decade, less than a mile away. Continue reading “Strangling the sublime”