I continued to live in south London working in publishing then an opportunity arrived to sculpt for a display company my job to discuss the work needed with the clients provide a quote and make/ manage the production of a wide variety of items from a giant gold coin for the royal mint to a very large plastic Webster (A children’s plastic toy very popular at the time for the Toy Fair) as well as signage and an array of three-dimensional objects for exhibitions and shop window displays. A challenging and exciting role, diverse tasks daily from meeting up with company representatives to making something different every day in the studio, never knowing what was coming next, I and my team even cut up rope for a living for a few days as part of making a boardwalk display for a large shopping chain. A majority of the work at the display company was made with polystyrene, plaster and other temporary materials finished either by hand or spray painted. I was earning a living as a commercial sculptor/studio manager working for a variety of big-name clients including Hamleys, Phillips. Alders, London Dungeon, Milk marketing board, Fortnum & Mason, Lord Mayors show. The work was ephemeral in nature (made for the moment not to last). Everything made to order often designed by someone else or a copy of something at a different scale with limited scope for self-expression although someone did love Slimer and took him home (Ghostbuster display Hamleys).
My interest was drawn to smaller sculptures made of more permanent materials and my work became more awards based. I fell in love with the quality of bronze, stone, brass, and titanium materials. I made awards for Glaxo Smith Kline, Haynes, Capital Radio and the BBC. It was during this period I designed and sculpted the Mercury Music PrizeLooking young in this newspaper cutting :).
My focus currently is the completion of phase one of the gallery to open to the public in 2021. I have been developing some products to sell alongside the original paintings and prints.
Currently I am painting a small series based on a video that was made and circulated during lockdown called ‘Pass the Rune’. I imagine I may be doing more Carnival paintings next year in response to the carnival coming back.