Angela Farquharson

Artist profile

Angela graduated in 2000 from Wolverhampton University with a First Class Honours degree. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the UK, including the Cork Street Gallery and Mall Gallery, London. She also has been a regular exhibitor at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and other outdoor sculpture exhibitions. Her work is in private collections in Great Britain, America and Europe.

‘Originally having studied fashion design, I returned to full time education to study Ceramics. It was during my time on the degree course that my direction changed from making vessels into becoming ever more figurative, being influenced by the female form and I started to draw inspiration from the fashion world. The way fabric and drapery created new shapes, the soft folds of silk lying on the body and its constantly changing appearance with the body’s movement.

The work has continued to evolve and developed more figuratively, becoming increasingly fascinated with the depiction of the female body. Trying to make my work more emotive, capturing the modern idiom, whilst preserving the values of classical figurative sculpture. Ultimately my work revolves around depicting the female form and looking at its sensuality and inherent beauty.’

Originally working in porcelain the work has increased in scale to include life size work made in ceramic and bronze.

‘All sculptures are sculpted by myself, with each and every ceramic sculpture being produced from start to finish in my studio. I use the natural qualities of the unglazed porcelain to enhance the sensuality of the porcelain figures.

For larger ceramic sculptures I have developed my own high fired stoneware finish. This compliments the elegant forms and enriches the work, giving the sculpture a unique quality feel as well as making it perfect for garden sculpture. Smooth lines are a core element of my sculpture and so are essential at every stage of production, from sculpting, through to the final finishing of each piece so I maintain a high level of finish. This ultimately results in very tactile sculptures. This same attention to detail is employed with my bronze sculpture. Having developed a close working relationship with several British foundries, so I ensure the same level of quality and perfection is achieved, as with my porcelain and ceramic sculpture.’

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