Tessa Pullan was apprenticed to John Skeaping RA for three years and continued her studies with the City and Guilds of London Art School Diploma Course and a further three years as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Arts. She is now one of Britain’s leading animal sculptors, working in a variety of media but mainly bronze.
According to Paul Mellon, for whom Tessa created a number of sculptures ‘Tessa Pullan’s interpretations of animal life have a directness and honesty which mirror the alert, vital and spontaneous quality of the animals themselves. Whether untamed or domestic, whether depicted in repose or moving with grace, there is something about these enormously attractive forms which rivets the eye and warms the heart”.
Tessa has exhibited at numerous galleries since 1976 including the Guildhall and the Royal Academy. Her work is also found in public collections in Britain and overseas, including the National Portrait Gallery, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, The National Horseracing Museum and the Yale Centre for British Art.