Approved: 16.08.2006

Martin Williams

Artist, Maker, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006

I work as a modeller and carver forming sculptural works in bronze and stone, and have over twenty years experience of working in the public realm. Enhancing public space is my primary concern, integrating sculptural design into the urban environment to provide points of interest and focus that create a sense of individual place. Composition and design are essential elements at the heart of my work,

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  • Location: Swansea, Wales
  • Activities: Built environment, Public art, Private commissions, Capital projects, Project management
  • Categories: Drawing, Illustration, Metalwork, Public Art, Sculpture
 

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    Biography

    I work as a modeller and carver forming sculptural works in bronze and stone, and have over twenty years experience of working in the public realm. Enhancing public space is my primary concern, integrating sculptural design into the urban environment to provide points of interest and focus that create a sense of individual place. Composition and design are essential elements at the heart of my work, and a particular specialisation is cast, modelled and carved relief. A number of my works have evolved from a public consultation/exhibition process and I am keen to involve others in the process of development. As a result, I have worked closely with artists, architects and other design professionals in the realisation and implementation of sculptural/decorative projects. Concepts for works develop from indepth investigation and research, and generally begin with drawing and model-making. At this developmental phase, I seek input and response to further enrich the preliminary design process. I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS5.5, and models are produced from paper, wood, or plaster. If required, visualisations of schemes can also be generated using photographic montage. My most recently completed public work is a four figure bronze composition on a carved Bath stone base for the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, and this is my first international sculptural commission. This work resulted from winning an international design commission, and a copy of the work has been produced for a site in America. For my own progression and development, I form small, medium and large carved stone and bronze pieces, which I occasionally exhibit. I also love drawing, producing a small annual output of hillside drawings using chalks, crayon and pastel. Influences My sculptural influences derive from a love of classical Greek sculpture. Teaching Experience 1985/97 Part-time Lecturer, Ceramics Department, Swansea College 1981/82 Part-time Lecturer, Ceramics Department, Dyfed College of Art 1978/81 Part-time Lecturer, Ceramics Department, West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education Areas of work Private commissions Public art Working with architects Collections Glyn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

    CV & Education

    QUALIFICATIONS and TRAINING                                                                                               BA Hons, Ceramic Sculpture, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent                           1973-76  Art Teachers Certificate, Institute of Education, London                                                       1977  Established a Studio in Swansea                                                                                          1978 PRIVATE COMMISSIONS                                                                                                  Smallpox Monument, Pfizer Inc, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA                                        2012 "Birdstone", Slimbridge, Wetland and Wildlife Trust, Gloucestershire                                   2012                                                                                                                           PUBLIC COMMISSIONS                                                                                                    Smallpox Immunisation Monument, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland         2010                                                       Nelson Roundabout Sculpture, Nelson, South Wales                                                            2007 "Eyestone", North Leicestershire Probation Service, Cobden Street, Leicester                    2006 "Tony Alcock", Charles Street Buildings, Thurmaston, Leicester                                           2005   Nelson Roundabout Sculpture, Nelson, South Wales                                                           2005 Bridgend railings and seating, Bridgend Borough Council, Bridgend, Wales                        2004  "Steam Wheel", Aldi Stores, Mold, Flintshire                                                                         2003 "Sporting Success", Leicester City Council/The Leicester Mercury, Humberstone Gate, Leicester                                                                                                                                1998  Lutterworth Town Centre, Leicestershire County Council, Lutterworth, Leicestershire         1997 Evanstown Community Centre, BBC, Gilfach Goch, Wales                                                  1995  Canal Park, Cardiff Bay Development Corporation, Cardiff                                                  1994 The Bay Panels, Cardiff Bay Development Corporation, Cardiff Waterfront                         1993 Woolwich Arsenal Workers, University of Greenwich/ British Rail, Woolwich Arsenal          Station, London                                                                                                                     1993 "Copper Flame", Seaside Monument, Swansea Maritime Quarter, Swansea                      1988