Mark Richards FRSS
My aim in portrait sculpture is to present a sensitive and immediate likeness within a balanced and elegant composition. Success entails unlocking the essence of my subject and this I accomplish by working from live sittings, drawings and photographs. We agree the place and frequency of sittings before beginning the sculpture and I work closely with my client/sitter throughout.
Born in 1958, I have worked as a sculptor since 1983. I read History of Art at Manchester University, trained in sculpture and drawing at The City and Guilds of London Art School and worked for a number of sculpture companies (including Freeman & Sons, Heritage Projects and The Tussauds Group) prior to establishing myself as an independent sculptor in 1992. I am based in Shropshire and travel as my work dictates.
"Mark Richards is regarded as one of the UK's finest portrait sculptors, a genre which marries his unparalleled understanding of clay-modelling techniques with an instinctive empathy for people. Richards' unusual talent for conveying the richness of sculptural form comes from a variety of sources and influences. He has worked on museum and media projects, and travelled extensively in Africa, North America and Europe...
...These experiences have exposed Richards to a variety of cultural and artistic environments. Significantly, they have added to the depth and presence that sculpture requires in its expression of both artistic quality and personality." Mark Wagner. 2003.
City and Guilds of London Art School
Stanton Lacy, Shropshire
Bronze, stone, plaster, resin
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