Portrait sculptures serve to honor individuals’ contributions to organizations or industries they belong with or to the society they have made significant impact to. From the rich and powerful to an ordinary human being, portrait sculptors give their time and their expertise to work on these portrait sculptures.
In England, get to know some of the top portrait sculptors:
John Humpreys, born in Salford, is among England’s top portrait sculptors. He studied sculpture at Gloucester College of Arts and Design and later on at Royal Academy in London. He mixes his expertise in special effects and his talent in fine arts to come up with works that literally amazes the mind.
He may be a well-known fine art sculptor, but his works in the film and television industries were also commendable. He did project for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dr. Who, Alexander, and Max Headroom.
The works of Humpreys are put on display in private collections in Turkey, Austria, USA, and United Kingdom.
Eve Shepherd, born in Sheffield in 1976, became a sculptor at the age of 17. She was an apprentice of Anthony Bennett, a renowned animal sculptor. As he recognized her exceptional talent, he recommended her to Scenic Route, the biggest sculpture and heritage organization in the UK.
With Scenic Route, she has created first-class portraiture that she was able to build a good reputation and became the favorite of many of its clients. Many of her works are still exhibited in South America, Israel, Sweden, Egypt, Germany, Singapore and others. At age 21, Eve became the head of the Sculpting Department of Scenic Route and worked her way to becoming among the most respected sculptors. She turned freelance after several years.
Eve introduced the clay and figurative sculpture and in 2000, she became The Royal British Society of Sculptors associate member and Society of Portrait Sculptors member by invitation.
Another one in the list of England’s top portrait sculptors, Eve received The Pangolin Award in the S.P.S. Tiranti Prize for Young Portrait Sculptor in 2002 because of her work “Self Portrait.”
Even with limited education, Stuart Williamson was able to nurture his creativity in the early days because of the support and encouragement of his family. It took him many years to discover portrait sculpture and to learn more about it. He was very fortunate to have worked as sculptor for Madame Tussauds, and with other exceptional and inspirational portrait sculptors.
For 14 years, he worked in a Brooklyn-based studio and had completed sculpted portraits and statues of several celebrated Americans for notable institutions. He is a member of a couple of British societies, with one focusing on portrait sculpture.
Karen Newman attended John Cass School of Art when she was 14 years old. She spent a couple of years learning about figurative sculpture at City & Guilds School of Art in Kennington, South London. She worked freelance as a figurative sculptor, creating contemporary and historical portrait statures of the Royal family, heads of states, political personalities, artists, and stars of the music and film industry – in clay. Newman completed numerous Public Portrait Commissions, which include Nancy Wake and Violette Szabo. She also created the sculpture of William Vincent, Dean of Westminster Abbey. All these can be found in Central London.