Tristan MacDougall studied Fine Art: Sculpture at Winchester School of Art (2000) where he created modernist and conceptual sculpture and installations. Feeling unfulfilled by his artistic pursuits in the few years following art school, and rediscovering his love for figurative art at the Prince's Drawing School, he saved money from his day job in order to study drawing and sculpture in the classical tradition at The Florence Academy of Art (2005). Although the programme of study in Florence was highly disciplined and demanding it opened a new world to his imagination and sculptural creation.
"At the centre of all my work is a deep love and respect for the tradition of classical sculpture and I seek to bring a fresh voice to this tradition. I am driven by a desire to push my craft to the highest standards of which I am capable, while taking great pleasure in exploring the raw energy of the human form described with the plasticity of clay."
In 2016 Tristan was commissioned to produce a medal for the British Art Medals Society, his medal Daedalus has been one of the most popular in recent years and a copy was bought by the British Museum. In 2017 he was commissioned to model a pediment frieze for a new Temple of Bacchus at Painshill Park in Surrey, which is open for public viewing. Tristan modelled the frieze in stucco (an ancient medium made up of lime putty, horse hair, sand, marble dust and volcanic ash or brick dust) and it consists of a bacchanalian procession of twelve figures including a drunken Silenus, weary donkey, satyrs, putti and nymphs variously drinking, making music, dancing and fighting.
Tristan works from his studio in Oundle, on commissions for portraits and figurative sculpture. He is a regular exhibitor at the annual exhibition of the Society of Portrait Sculptors, and in 2015 he won their Sculpture Class first prize. His work is in the British Museum Collection, American Numismatic Collection and private collections in the UK, across Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan.
Studied Fine Art: Sculpture at Winchester School of Art (2000)
Studied drawing and sculpture in the classical tradition at The Florence Academy of Art (2005)
His work is in the British Museum Collection, American Numismatic Collection and private collections in the UK, across Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan