We are delighted to welcome Johnny Cox our featured sculptor for this month to our stable of artists – he is a sculptor with a very special talent. We are sure you will love his work, which will be on show at our next exhibition of British Art at our Guilsborough Gallery in Northamptonshire NN6 8QW.
30th November – 2nd December CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO INVITATION
Jonathan was trained at Camberwell School of Art and followed this with a spell as a stonemason with the French Historic Monuments. He then turned his hand to teaching drawing at various schools; Canford School, Eton College and Emanuel School – could he have been your teacher – how lucky you were if he was!!??
In 2004 Jonathan and his young family moved to a farm in West Wales where he could concentrate on his sculpture. Surrounded by a rumpus of chickens, various breeds of sheep, competition horses and poultry, together with the rich wildlife and landscape of Pembrokeshire, provides a diverse inspiration for his work.
Jonathan prefers to work from direct contact with the animal, sculpting the clay model in situ – much more difficult with his African animals!! Getting close to the subject enables him to manifest a genuine understanding in his modelling of the anatomical structure. He is also interested in the portrayal of the animal in human history. Jonathan creates the essence of an animal’s character and its idiosyncrasies.
“These can be joyful, wistful, melancholic or humorous as in the Suffolk Ram which his regal Roman Nose”!
Jacob Ram without a Roman Nose! Currently in London ……
He is fascinated by the alchemy of the bronze casting process and often casts his own work, enabling him to understand the importance of the surface texture in the clay original and how the eye reads the sculpture in cast metal.
His obsession with drawing is intrinsic to the process of sculpture he states:
“Drawing is a means of seeking out structure and form. Building lines and planes, the pressure, thickness and thinness of line and tonal marks inform the making of the sculpture, and are transferred into the anatomical structure and proportion of the clay model. Drawing deepens understanding.”
Do please make an appointment to see these stunning works if you can’t get to the exhibition. Just give us a call and we can arrange a personal private view.