Approved: 16.08.2006

Tim Shutter

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts Two main qualities seem to sum up my sculpture: My commitment to using stone, and my desire to make works that include a sense of fun. This has often been achieved by playing with the expectations of the material. For instance, I have carved hard sandstone coping into rows of soft cushions which could be sat upon whilst waiting for a bus, I have also given a heavy stone bench wings to fly

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  • Location: London, South East
  • Activities: Residencies, Built environment, Public art, Private commissions
  • Categories: Public Art, Sculpture
  • Tags: Stone Sculptor, Stone Carver, Animal Sculptures, Public Artist, Site specific sculpture, Stone seats, Stonemason, Stone bench, Sculptures, Commissions
 

Biography

Concepts Two main qualities seem to sum up my sculpture: My commitment to using stone, and my desire to make works that include a sense of fun. This has often been achieved by playing with the expectations of the material. For instance, I have carved hard sandstone coping into rows of soft cushions which could be sat upon whilst waiting for a bus, I have also given a heavy stone bench wings to fly and put a stone sofa on a raft to float. Changes in scale such as the giant granite cake, or the play on context with indoor furniture placed outside, help to give the sculptures their presence and sense of frivolity. Much of my work has been for public sites, so my subject matter is deliberately made accessible to appeal to as many people as possible. They are site specific, tune into local references and they are frequently functional. Influences Architecture, Urban environment, Humour Career path I have been following my interests as they have developed and my career path has fortunately fitted perfectly with this. When I left art college I worked and trained for several years as a stone mason to develop the precision and speed that would eventually allow me to realise my ideas in stone. I then moved back fully into sculpture by working as an assistant to Anish Kapoor and completing an M.A. at Wimbledon School of Art. Over the following years I gradually gained sufficient success with public commissions to work on them full-time. I have also worked as an assistant to Antony Gormley, specifically on the project for the British Library. I have continued to exhibit regularly in outdoor venues. My work has become increasingly ambitious, moving from individual works to more inclusive projects where I might also work on the landscaping, seating and the overall design layout. My work continues to develop based on my sustained interest in working in stone and in exploiting its sculptural potential.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training.

Wimbledon School of Art. MA Site specific sculpture.                                                                    Weymouth College. City and Guilds Architectural Stone Carving and Masonry.                      Manchester Polytechnic. BA Fine Art ( Sculpture)                                                                         Manchester University. BSC Psychology and Zoology.                                                                             Bath Academy of Art. Foundation course

Public commissions                                                                                                                   

2014 - Deep sea diver. Faringdon Town centre.                                                                                          2012 - 'Turkey Brook Guardian', London Borough of Enfield, Waltham Gardens, Enfield.                    2011 - 'The Core of Castleford, the bus station Castleford.                                                                 2010 - Gateway Commissioned through Freeform Arts Trust, Blows Down, Dunstable.               2009 - ' Ride-alog-along', Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.                                                  2009 - Phoenix, Pocket Park, Bailey Bridge Road, Braintree, Essex.                                                   2008 - 'A point for reflection', Riverside shopping centre, Hemel Hempstead.                                     2008 - 'The Pillars of Holywood', Holywood Arts Trust, The High Street, Holywood, N.Ireland.     2007 - 'View through the window', The Waterways, Berkeley Homes,Oxford                                 2006 - Brass Band themed Sculptures, Westoe Crown Village, South Shields.                               2006 - Playground sculptures, for Freeform Arts Trust. Sheperdess Walk, London.                              2005 - Sculptures and lettering panels,  Monmouthshire County Council, Chepstow High Street.   2001 - 'Sunset through clouds'. Conwy Borough Council, Parc Plas Mawr, Penmaenmawr.         2000 - Sculpture, seating, shelter & planters, Borough of Barrow in Furness,  Cumbria.               1998 - Keats and Lamb bench, Memorial Sculpture, Enfield Council, Edmonton, London.           1997 - 'Millais' Viewpoint', Perth and Kinross District Council, Bellwood Riverside Park, Perth.       1997 - Sculptural Seating, Groundwork Trust and Coventry City Council, Coventry Canal.            1997 - Sculptural Seating, Eden Benchmarks project, East Cumbria Countryside  Project.                 1995 - Decorative Carving, Freeform Arts Trust and Westminster Council, Hyde Park.                         1994 - 'Rights Bite', Look Ahead Housing Association, London.                                                         1993 - 'Outside Inn Failsworth', Main Street, Failsworth., Oldham MetropolitanBorough.                 1993 - Sculptural Seating, Cheshire County Council.                                                                           1992 - 'Victorian Presence', Little Germany Action., Chapel Street, Bradford.