Thomas Merrett is a London based sculptor. He originally trained at City and Guilds of London Art School between 2005/08 and has taken on a number of architectural sculpture commissions throughout the UK. After receiving a scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Thomas moved to Italy to study at the Florence Academy of Art. Whilst there he had the opportunity to study from the live model enhancing his skills in drawing and modelling of the human form. Thomas finds working in clay the best medium for developing ideas for his sculpture before converting them in to Marble, stone or Bronze. He was awarded the Founders Sculpture Prize by the Worshipful Company of Founders in 2016 and has recently completed his three figure sculpture 'Flight'. He teaches drawing and carving part-time at City & Guilds of London Art School. Through his work Thomas aims to create a unique interpretation of the subject in front of him rather than just a skilful replication of their likeness.
City & Guilds of London Art School + Florence Academy of Art, Italy
Shoreditch, London. E2
Clay, Bronze, Stone and Marble.
COMMISSIONS & AWARDS/PRIZES
2017 RBSA Portrait Prize - Highly Commended, RBSA Gallery 2016 Founders Sculpture Prize, The Worshipful Company of Founders. 2016 Honorable Mention for drawing, The Florence Academy of Art. 2015/16 The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. 2015 Tiranti prize - commended, FACE2015-Society of Portrait Sculptors. 2014 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, QEST Scholar. 2008 Taylor Pearce drawing prize. 2008 Worshipful Company of Masons award. 2008 Chelsea Arts Club Trust award, Peralta prize.