Stephen Charlton   I   Sculptor

"I believe that animals can trigger different emotions and connections that we don’t think about until we’re confronted by them. I try to instill a smile inside to those who experience my work and for them to resonate with the energy of each animal character I create."

"I believe that animals can trigger different emotions and connections that we don’t think about until we’re confronted by them. I try to instill a smile inside to those who experience my work and for them to resonate with the energy of each animal character I create."

I simply love what I do. To create work that comes from within that expresses my emotions at any given time is a blessing to me. And the common thread that runs through my sculpture and paintings is the connection to nature. As a boy I spent many hours in all weathers in the countryside in Yorkshire observing insects and from this emerged my own inquisitive nature. To understand how a moth can camouflage itself against a tree or an ant colony strive, will always be a fascination to me. The same with my sculptures, I experience the feeling of joy and from this comes an animal character that has both wit and presence. To create a smile inside’ is a reflection to who I am inside and there seems no bounds to the stream of ideas or the energy to bring them to life.

 

Having shown my work in many prestigious surroundings and built relationships with my clients, it’s apparent to me that many others share the same childhood stories and fantasies of animal characters that play and frolic – igniting memories and their imagination that take them away from our busy, noisy world.

The opportunity to look into a garden and experience a mouse swinging with glee or a large hare offering his beloved a carrot filled with flowers is not only unusual but also tranquil and satisfying.

 

From my initial idea, the sculpture process entails meetings with clients, exploring locations, agreeing sizes and colours – and this is just the start. The ‘lost wax’ process is over 2,000 years old and is used for casting works of art around the world. My relationship with Castle Fine Arts foundry in Wales and Liverpool are exceptional in their quality of bronze casting and expertise in installations and project management.

 

Working in my studio within a brickworks is a great environment and then on to the foundry to cast each piece in bronze is equally enthralling. Seeing other sculptors works at various stages of completion makes me feel connected to a need for art that can be enjoyed by so many.

When I cast my bronze pieces, I limit them to only nine – so to retain their uniqueness and originality.

Once the nine pieces have been reached I break the mould. Speaking with my clients, they appreciate that only a small number are available and this – like most art, becomes more scarce.

I work in partnership with foundations, public authorities, landscape gardners and architects and for private clients around the world.

I tend not to place my work in galleries and enjoy the direct contact with clients and prospects, building a long term relationship.

If you have a specific project in mind and wish to explore a commission or to purchase what you see on my site, then please make contact with me and I would be happy to oblige.

Look at my commissioning page to learn more about my process.

Experience

1975-1979:  York College of Arts 

1979-2020:  Designer and brand consultant

Present:  Taking commissions, creating and exhibiting bronze garden sculpture.

 

Private Orders & Commissions

Mouse on Ball, Scotland 2020

Owls, Hares & Swinging Mouse, France 2019

Swinging Mouse Leicestershire

Mouse on Ball, The Netherlands

Zen, Nottingham

Mouse on Ball, Bath

Boxing Hares, Accountants in Coleshill

Basking Mouse and Boxing Hares, Scotland

Skating Mouse, Sussex

Mouse on Ball, European Sculpture Tour

 

Exhibitions

Doddington Hall 2018

Marks Hall 2017

Chesham Waters Public Installation 2016/2020

The Grove Hotel 2012

Kenilworth Castle 2011

Enid Blyton Garden 2011

Estate, Devon 2011

Charlcote Park -  National Trust 2010/13

Rococo Gardens 2010

Outside Art 2010

Llangollen, Wales 2010

Glazed Art, Trentham Gardens 2010

Where I fell in Love Gallery, Warwickshire 2010

Chelsea Flower Show, London 2009

Twycross Zoo 2009

Chelsea Flower Show, London 2008

Mill Dene Gardens 2004 & 2009

Where I fell in Love Gallery, Worcstershire 2008

Nature in Art 2007

Tatton Park 2007

The Gallery, Warwickshire 2006

Broomhill Sculpture Park 2006

Charlton House Hotel 2004

Charitable Donations

Helen Ley Centre

Hardman Trust

 

School Workshops & Demonstrations

The Grove Hotel, Watford

Coppice Primary School, Birmingham

Pinvin Primary School, Worcestershire

 

Awards

Wildlife Artist of the Year 2004

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