Christine Baxter has been a full-time professional sculptor since graduating from Camberwell School of Art in the 80’s. As a figurative sculptor, she works predominantly in clay, but also directly into plaster and wax. She then casts her work into bronze, bronze resin, iron resin and stone.
Christine is classically trained, having studied under Epstein’s assistant Mike Gillespie. She is now based in her own purpose-built studio at Court Robert Arts. Christine’s studio is open to the public daily and welcomes visitors throughout the year. When Christine is not in her studio, she can be found tutoring her weekly Tuesday Creative Clay Class here, or exhibiting her work at sculpture garden shows around the country. She often exhibits with the Oxford Sculpture Group, Surrey Sculpture Society, and her work has recently been in several shows including; the Elemental Sculpture Garden, Sculpture at Kiftsgate, the royal chelsea flower show and Godinton House.
‘Many of my family members have been artists; wrought iron gate makers, dress designers, wood carvers, sculptors, landscapes designers, photographers and cooks. Making things is in my genes, but I have also benefited from growing up in an art nurturing environment. My earliest memories are of drawing and sculpting with my grandfather.
I love natural forms- really looking and understanding the structure, the volume, the weight and balance. It gives you the tools to play with body language that communicates with the viewer; a smaller twist in a pose, an emphasis of a muscle, a strain of the body - a language that transcends time and culture. These are the things that excite me when making a new sculpture.’- Christine Baxter, 2018.
Fiona cran studied at the birmingham school of jewellery for three years before embarking on a successful career in jewellery making.
fiona has exhibited her jewellery in many different parts of the country, and has recently focused on producing collections people can buy online.
fiona currently lives in Monmouthshire, and balances family life with pursuing her creative endeavours.
we're fortunate to have several pieces of fiona's beautiful jewellery on display here at court robert arts, in the newly developed art gallery. PERFECT AS GIFTS OR A TREAT TO YOURSELF, make sure you come take a look! find her pieces on our website here.
fiona will also be at the abergaenny food festival this weekend, 15-16th september 2018. she will be in the made in monmouthshire tent located on kings street.
Tanya Russell is renowned for her life-like animal sculptures. Every sculpture is handmade in England, and sculptured in her Welsh studio. For tanya, her practise is not just about capturing animals, with her marks and movement; it's about the relationships with those animals and their welfare.
she says 'It’s wonderful always looking at and working with a subject that I love. I’ve sculpted since I was a child, and I’ve found throughout my life that expressing animals in clay is an evolving struggle of exploration and respect. I’ve lived with exotic birds, sheep, rescued fighting cockerels and snakes, and during my seven year apprenticeship worked with countless animals sculpted by my parents, sculptors Lorne McKean FRBS and Edwin Russell FRBS. Later, my love for animals led me to volunteer with Riverside Wildlife Hospital.'- Tanya russell, www.tanyarussell.com.
although tanya has done many commissions of people, and even written a book 'Modelling and sculpting the human figure,' she's always though of herself as an animal sculptor.
tanya is also commended for her charity work, having raised thousands for dozens of charities. this includes £20,000 for the battersea dogs and cats home.
to find more information on tanya, her charity work and her sculpture, please visit her own website.
the sculptures pictured below are available to purchase from our buy online page. our sculpture exhibit is open to the public daily, 10am-4pm, where we have 7 of tanya's sculptures on display.
alex studied fine art-painting at camberwell school of art in the 1980's and has been a professional exhibiting artist and tutor since. alex has work in private and public collections in the uk and worldwide, including pieces in the london transport museum, art for hospitals and the John Moores University recently acquisted several of his paintings.
alex is a resident artist and tutor at court robert arts, with his studios open to the public daily. PEOPLE FAMILIAR WITH ALEX'S WORK WILL KNOW HE IS KNOWN FOR HIS LOVE OF COLOUR AND NATURAL OBSERVATION, WHETHER IT'S LANDSCAPE, STILL LIFE, FIGURATIVE OR ABSTRACT PAINTING.
alex works predominently in oil paint, however, is efficient and creative in his of watercolour, charcoal and acrylic. He has also recently started experimented in clay.
A large collection of Alex's oil and watercolour paintings can be found in the court robert art gallery, open to the public daily.
Renee's artistic journey started in Sweden as a painter. She Tried all known materials, she always finished work unsatisfied. It was only when she took her first pottery class that she realised what was missing, Glaze! she needed to paint with glazes- where magic happens in the firing process.
In 1994 she moved to London to study Ceramic Design at Central saint Martins. During that time, she also worked as an assistant to ceramic artist Kate Malone (currently a judge at "The Pottery Throw Down"). This was where she understood that clay could become so much more than what she had experienced up to that point.
renee's work has developed since then to be tactile, painterly and truly unique. Stoneware clay really can become bright and have "movement" when fired.
her inspiration comes from the nature around me. Interpreting what she has seen more than copying. As there is so much beauty she just keeps on going!
below is a small sample of the wide range of renee's pieces exhibited at court robert arts. please
STUART STOCKWELL IS A KINETIC SCULPTOR BASED IN CHELTENHAM. HE CREATES UNIQUE SCULPTURES THAT CAPTURE ATTENTION AND ENGAGE THE IMAGINATION THROUGH SIMPLE DESIGN AND MOVEMENT. HIS SCULPTURES INTERPRET NATURE'S GENIUS; A BALANCE OF COMPLEX FUNCTION AND SIMPLISTIC BEAUTY, INSPIRED BY ORGANIC FORMS AND SACRED GEOMETRY. HIS PIECES ARE MULTI-LAYERED AND DECONSTRUCTED. THEY INCORPORATE METALS AND CONCRETE- MATERIALS TAKEN FROM THE EARTH- AND REFINE THEM INTO ELEGANT CURVES WHICH GIVE THEM FEELING OF MOVEMENT IN STATIC REST. ALL OF HIS PIECES CREATE A UNION BETWEEN MODERN DESIGN AND NATURE, BLENDING flUIDLY WITH THEIR SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT AND ELEMENTS.
weekly featured artists
HERE AT COURT ROBERT ARTS, WE'RE LUCKY TO HAVE SEVERAL ARTISTS AND EXHIBITORS FROM ALL OVER THE UK. IN ORDER TO SHOWCASE THEIR WORK IN FINER DETAIL, WE'RE BEGINNING OUR WEEKLY FEATURED ARTIST PAGE.