My latest sculpture Motion has the largest scale horse head I have made to date.
I first took on the subject of horses ten years ago when I was commissioned to make Spirits of the Race for the Ffos Las racecourse, and have returned to this rich subject many times since.
Refining the equine aspects of a sculpture on this scale pushed my knowledge and ability. Continuing to work with Lucy at Forest Stables however, helped me to succeed and further develop in this area and my thanks go out to her.
It was also great to have been able to use some of the gems that my good friend Mike has brought me in the past. Gears and teeth from his digger can be found amongst the many other objects that fuse together to create the form.
The sculpture has been put on show at the workshop Wales gallery.
It’s an amazing thing to breathe life into something that is beyond repair. When I [regularly!] get a call from Chris or Jim up at Argoed Motors in the local village of Tumble, it’s normally to collect something worthwhile. When I cracked open a defunct gearbox recently, I was presented with some real gems! They’ve been ear-marked for something special already. My thanks goes out to Jim and Chris for their years of support.
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I recently spent an amazing afternoon on an incredible beach just outside Cardiff called Rhoose Point. The remnants of the old quarry works have [literally in some cases] fused beautifully with their coastal environment. Nestled among some incredible ammonite casts, we scavenged some beautiful pieces of iron – real fossils of industry in its their own right.
I recently completed this commission for a white horse, it was a great chance to revisit an old concept. Thanks to Lucy Bywaters, whose fine horse I worked from.
The summer exhibition led to a series of commissions which I’ve recently started working through – the first of which is a white-tailed bumblebee. It was good to celebrate a species that’s so integral to our eco-system which has been having such a tough time of late.