All my sculpture has a toy-like quality, and ‘The Rower’ is no different. I started with a banged up old model boat, and the rower himself has a cartoon-like quality. The inspiration is a restoration project I’ve become involved with (to save an historic ship from 1963, the MV Cape Don). The octopus is a mascot I’ve created for the ship.
I’ve worked as a freelance artist (cartoons, storyboards, illustrations and murals) for 20 years, and have been sculpting for four years or so. My work is usually an assemblage of old domestic or industrial objects, combined with the colourful characters I sculpt and paint. These objects endeavour to create a nostalgia for a time and place that never quite existed.