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Master Sculptor: David Williams-Ellis

We present one of Britain's most revered figurative sculptors, David Williams-Ellis

Now one of the country’s leading figurative sculptors, David William-Ellis began selling artworks before he finished school. He attributes this early success to a favored teacher that ‘was a painter by practice but a sculptor by inclination’.  

Choosing glass, bronze and silver as his mediums, his sculptures are admired for their captured sense of movement and energy. These works range from significant landscape pieces to smaller, more intimate desk ornaments. 

 Having sought classical tutelage in Florence under the legendary Nerina Simi, he joined a community of marble carvers in the shadows of the Carrera Mountains. It was here that David decided the restrictive nature of carving was too limiting and returned to take up a place at the Sir John Cass Art School. 

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During his time at Cass he began to perfect his now signature style. Recognition gained via a group project saw his reputation rise and David found himself traveling the country undertaking private and public commissions. This success drew the attention of some of London’s most esteemed galleries and he began exhibiting in the Agnews, Slademore and the Cadogan Contemporary.  

He is by no means the only artist in his family. Both his parents were skilled painters in their own right and his sister Bronwyn is now a celebrated ceramist. However it was his uncle who proved the most influential for David. A renowned architect, Clough William-Ellis was responsible for designing the Italianate village of Portmeiron in North Wales.  

Spending the majority of his childhood in Ireland and Wales, David moved to Cumbria, Nr Penrith seventeen years ago. Inspired by the surrounding countryside, he redesigned a small old fashioned dairy barn on his property to form a studio. Today his working week is split between here, the Foundry in Basingstoke (some 300 miles away) and London, where he recently completed his first solo show in 10 years at the Portland Gallery

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