David Williams-Ellis is one of the world’s leading figurative sculptors, whose unique life size, portrait, bird and animal sculptures are cast in bronze, silver and glass.
An investigation into the human form, David`s figures are sometimes quietly posed and introspective, and at other times filled with movement and action. This dichotomy is evident in two of his most famous works: `The Leapers` inside the International Finance Centre (I.F.C.) in Shanghai, and `The Watcher` commissioned by Swire Properties in Hong Kong.
In the process of creating his Silver Salmon (above), one of his most popular works, his family had to dine off fish cakes for months as he accumulated a fridge full of whole salmon in his quest for a life-like representation.
More recently, David has been commissioned to sculpt an over life size bronze 125th Anniversary commemorative sculpture of T.E. Lawrence (`Lawrence of Arabia`). This will be Wales` first sculpture of Lawrence to go on display at Snowdon Lodge, Lawrence`s birthplace in Tremadog, North Wales.
Many of David`s public and private commissions increasingly stem from the Far East where, as in the UK, there has been a resurgence in bronze sculpture and figurative art. He is also seeing an increased demand in private portrait busts from individuals.
David`s dream commission would be to create a series of twice life-sized somersaulting figures between two really iconic contemporary buildings. This is partly inspired from the number of residential developments springing up South of the River in London. `From a distance they can appear architecturally quite interesting, however when you are close-up and in their midst, it can feel just so soulless`, says David.
`Big architectural projects, with the exception of buildings such as The Shard (which are sculptures in themselves) require an element of a) humanizing and b) a sense of identity. Figurative sculpture enables the viewer or visitor to relate to a place so much more. As individuals, we generally identify with what we recognize, hence the value of representational art in an abstract environment. `
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