Andy Hopkins
I was involved in some great exhibitons during 2019. The Costwold Sculptors Association exhibition at Abbey Gardens in Malmesbury in April was fabulous and I hope to be part of that again in 2020. In May and June I had some pieces in Showborough at the Affordable Garden Art exhibition. Andrew Roache keeps this annual event thriving at his house north of Tewkesbury. Cheltenham Open Studios was a great event here in June, and I made lots of new friends and contacts in the area. It was particularly uplifting to share the exhibition space here with four lovely people - Plum NeasmithJanet James, Penny Campbell and Myra Murby. Also in June I was involved in an exhibition at Greys Court just outside Henley. This was my first Oxford Sculptors Group exhibition since rejoining a few months ago. A lovely spot in beautiful gardens and an indoor venue that was once a stable where Oliver Cromwell's horses were kept. Then in August and September I was involved in Sculptures in the Garden at Spetchley Park, a National Trust gardens just outside Worcester.
I recently completed two stone commissions, both memorials. I work on memorials only if I have a meaningful link with the people involved, which was the case with each of these.The process of making is important, from discussion and design through to execution. Here are the results of my endeavours. The pair of memorials are for a married couple. One of them I made eight years ago, the other in 2019. The book stack was made for the family of a writer, an ex-colleague of many years standing.
I'm a great fan of rugby and watch Wales play as often as I can. I'm working on a bust of the Welsh captain, Alun Wyn Jones, at the moment. There's a long way to go, but I thought I'd put up a few work in progress pics. I'm trying to capture his strength and power as well as the some of the warmth he conveys when he speaks. And those ears covered with the trademark plasters are signs of battles ...
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