Billie Bond MRSS

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The Gentrifier
The Gentrifier

H83 W33 D28cm​ Resin metal composite, 24 ct gold leaf, steel scaffold pole, pine scaffold board Edition 12 An iconic contemporary face of the street hipster, perched upon a scaffold support. Part of the Perfect Imperfection collection, rather than being healed, he is the healer, the urban renovator and regenerator. However, the glimmering gilding is only skin deep

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Impositions of Time and Space
Impositions of Time and Space

Ceramic

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Ecce Mulier After Rosso
Ecce Mulier After Rosso

H48 W22 D24cm Bronze Unique ​A fleeting moment.... Exhibiting at Sculpture at Doddington Hall and Gardens July 16 - 11 September 2022

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Sanitatem Flores
Sanitatem Flores

​H31 W18 D25 cm Glazed stoneware, fragments 19th century ​flower encrusted porcelain, epoxy, 18ct gold leaf ​sold (private collection) Exploring ideas of fragility and resilience and the healing power of nature

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Breathe 1 & 2, Billie Bond
Breathe 1 & 2, Billie Bond

2018 Black Stoneware, resin, gold Unique sold (private collection Australia)

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Remembering
Remembering

H33 W30 D25cm ​Bronze Edition 1 of 8 ​Exhibiting at Sculpture at Doddington Hall and Gardens July 16 - 11 September 2022 ​

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Edd
Edd

Ceramic

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The Look of Resilience
The Look of Resilience
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Profile

My figurative work, in particular the portrait, is concerned with identity and a personal obsession of revealing the

concealed, repairing the broken and exploring ideas of duality.

I try to translate an inner being through a disrupted surface, creating new and different visual conversations.

Processes of destruction and repair investigate aspects of trauma and healing, rejuvenation and change.

From figurative realism to material led abstraction I am discovering ways of paralleling the process of making with

altered states and adapted minds in a quest to explore what it is to be human.

Biography

My figurative work, in particular the portrait, is concerned with identity and a personal obsession of revealing the concealed, repairing the broken and exploring ideas of duality.

I try to translate an inner being through a disrupted surface, creating new and different visual conversations.

Processes of destruction and repair investigate aspects of trauma and healing, rejuvenation and change.

From figurative realism to material led abstraction I am discovering ways of paralleling the process of making with

altered states and adapted minds in a quest to explore what it is to be human.

Born in Northumberland in 1965, grew up in Essex and continues to live there now. An early career in nursing gave Billie an appreciation of human anatomy, which she considers sensitively in her figurative representations.
In 2018 elected as a member of Royal Society of Sculptors. 2019 just completed a large international collaborative Kintsugi commission - ‘Breaking Depression’ with Janssen EMEA (Johnson and Johnson) and Gamain – Europe. Also in 2019 Bond was shortlisted for the NHS Mersey Care, Rowan View Hospital commission.

Billie has completed an MA in Sculptural Practice from Essex University (2016). She gained a 1st class Honors’ Degree in 3D Design & Craft followed by a PGCE with Distinction in 2012 at Colchester School of Art. Her 20 years experience as a designer-maker includes designing children’s furniture, interiors, interior decorating and painting murals. During studies, her creative ideas were expressed in the form of figurative sculpture. She has guest-lectured in portrait sculpture at The Art Academy, London as well as running her own sculpture classes.

Her work, ‘A Portrait of Chelmsford’ is in the Chelmsford Museum collection; the museum also currently has selected work from Billie’s portfolio on continuous exhibition.
In 2009 Billie sculpted her sister, who has Downs Syndrome, on the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Anthony Gormley’s ‘One & Other’. The sculpture highlighted the importance music and dance has in her life.

She won the Pure Arts sculpture award 2013, with the winning piece ‘A Link With the Past’ being exhibited in a curated space at the Saatchi Gallery, London as part of the Strarta art Fair Oct 2013 and is now part of the Birth Rites Collection formerly at Salford University and now at Kings College London.
Billie was commissioned to create a Lionel Riche caricature portrait for Channel 4 Alan Carr’s Chattyman.

A two-week internship at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, assisting Dr Jon Wood in the research of Self-Portrait Sculpture is the beginning of an academic path which Billie will be further involved with in the future.

Exhibitions 

2019 Chelmsford Museum, solo exhibition The Clinker Connection solo

2019 The Minories Alumini exhibition

2017-18 Thompson’s Gallery

2017 Creative Debuts London

2017 Wadhurst September Art Show

2017 Gallery in the Garden Perfect Imperfection, Migrant Material solo

2017 Riflemaker, London Perfect Imperfection – The Art of Healing solo

2016 Flux Exhibition Trewman Brewery

2016 Gallery in the Garden

2016 The Minories Being There MA Show

2015 The Minories Pathways

2015 Firstsite Open

2015 Gallery in the Garden alongside Anita Klein

2015 Clock Tower Gallery Waxing Lyrical Hylands Artist Studios Group

2015 Clock Tower Gallery Love Our New Gallery Hylands Artist Studios Group

2014 Hylands House Sculpture Trail Group

2014 Mall Galleries, SWA Group

2014 1066 Gallery, Battle Group

2014 Sladmore Contemporary FACE14 Group

2013 Saatchi Gallery, Pure Arts winners curated space, Strarta Group

2013 Powdermills Hotel Pure Autumn Art Fair Group

2013 Chelmsford College Imagine Group

2013 Sculpt Gallery Captured Group

2012 Sculpt Gallery Woman Past & Present Group

2012 Designer Crafts at the Mall Galleries, London. Group

2011 The Pie Factory, Margate Who Are We Anyway Solo

2011 Candid Arts, London Group

2011 New Designers, London Group

2011 Great Waltham Art Show, May Group

2010 Cuckoo Farm Studios, Essex. Group.

2010 Moulsham Mill craft centre (part of Chelmsford Arts Trail). Group

2010 Chelmsford Museum (part of Chelmsford Arts Trail) Solo

Collections

Birth Rites

Chelmsford Museum

Publications:

Perfect Imperfection – The Art of Healing (2017) Bond, B. Dr. Jeremy Spencer. Blurb

Inside Out – Representations of the Self Billie Bond (2016) blurb

The State of Art: Sculpture & 3D (2015) Barehill publishing

Society of Portrait Sculptors 2014

500 Figures in Clay (2014)) New York: Lark Crafts

Modelling and Sculpting the Figure (2012) by Tanya Russell, London: AC & Black publishers

Awards

Selected FACE 2020 Society Portrait Sculptors

Pre selected Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018

Short listed Birth Rites Collection 2015 with A Link With The Past

Firstsite Collectors’ Award for research 2014

Selected for Society of Portrait Sculptors annual exhibition

Pure Art Sculpture award 2013

Residencies and Internships

2019 Brian Alabaster bronze foundry residency

2016 Henry Moore Institute researching self-portrait sculpture

2015-16 Gallery in the Garden, Great Saling

2012 Chelmsford College as part of the AA2A scheme

2010 Chelmsford Museum ‘A Portrait of Chelmsford’ Part of Chelmsford Arts Trail, involving

members of the public.

Employment history

2012 – Present Self-employed sculptor and lecturer, founder www.essexsculpture.co.uk

2004-2009 Self-employed painter decorator and mural artist.

1991-2004 Founder and partner of Billie Bond Designs.

1988-1989 Travelled.

1983-1988 Mid Essex Health Authority and Private sector. Enrolled General Nurse

Qualifications

2016 MA Sculptural Practice

2012 PGCE with distinction

2011 BA (hons) first class, 3D Design and Craft

Teaching experience

2014 to 2015 Colchester School of Art: Lecturer of Sculptural Processes for Higher Education

2013 to present Essex Art & Sculpture Classes. Owner – teaching sculpture privately

2012 Colchester Institute. Lecturing Fine Art & 3D Design year 0 degree students.

2011 The Art Academy. London. Guest Lecturer, teaching portraiture sculpture.

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