Photo: Thomas Kenrick in Castle Cary, South West

Thomas Kenrick

Artist

I am a 31 year old practising stone sculptor. My ambition is to continue to create site specific art works for public and private commissions which will engage and inspire the viewer. I also hope as to exhibit more of my own work. I have a versatile studio in Castle Cary Somerset for the production of large scale stone sculptures. My carvings are created using both ancient carving techniques and the most advanced computer aided manufacture. I specialise in the design, creation and installation of stone sculpture for site specific projects in the public and private realm. I have five years of related higher education experience including a BA Hon's degree. I have worked on many major sculpture projects for other Artists and also on my own installations. My work is inspired by nature, by the juxtaposition of organic forms and surfaces which evoke both fossils and contemporary animal and plant life. I am interested in the tradition of organic carving started by Peter Randall-Page, particularly by pollen, fruit and seeds. I have worked at both Westminster Abbey and Lincoln Cathedral and have a respect for the traditional work of the medieval carvers. My own creative practice spans a variety of approaches but is almost invariably produced in stone. I have my own studio that I have modified for the purpose of production large scale sculpture and am currently exhibiting in a number of galleries. I can work with the commissioning bodies, committees or steering groups to develop suitable designs for specific sites. Alternatively the design of the sculpture can be influenced by researching the history and context of the area in which it is proposed to install it. As an emerging Artist I do not yet have strong themes that run through my work on a large scale. This is because my recent sculptures were each designed according to a fairly specific brief. However my work is inspired by Nature, by the juxtaposition of organic forms which evoke both fossils and contemporary animal and plant life. I am interested in the tradition of organic carving started by Peter Randall-Page, by pollen, fruit and seeds. I have worked at both Westminster Abbey and Lincoln Cathedral and have a respect for the work of the medieval carvers. Commission Why choose a sculpture made from stone? Stone is a fantastic, natural medium from which to create durable outdoor sculpture. When compared with metal sculpture it is relatively cheap. It can be extremely aesthetically pleasing for it possesses a huge variety of colours and textures. It will last for many decades or even centuries with only the basic maintenance required. Stone is very difficult to vandalise and can be treated with an anti-graffiti coating. Studio address Station Wharf Castle Cary Somerset BA7 7PE UK My studio is sited with in the grounds of a well-established stone masonry and stone fire surround specialist company called TempleStone. They have recently invested in state-of-the-art stone sawing and lifting equipment which I am able to utilise. I have spent thousands of pounds modifying my studio; It is now one of the best facilities for the production of sculpture in the UK . It has over 125 square meters of working space designed by me for the production of stone sculpture, half of the space is dedicated to the making of large scale sculpture with access for a ten ton fork-lift truck to drive right into the studio. The rest of the space is used as a dust free area for the making of clay models, small carvings as well as office and tool storage space. drawing and modelling. I am currently exhibiting in a number of galleries. read full statement

Location Castle Cary, South West
Activities Primary education, Higher education, Further education, Public art, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Sculpture
Website http://thomaskenricksculpture.co.uk

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