Hilary Frew RBA
I aim to achieve a sculpture that draws the eye to all areas through its design flow. I like naturalistic, tactile, chunky forms and for the piece to be capable of a long life. Carving Portland stone or wood is my chief interest. Children everywhere are my inspiration.
My work starts with modelling in plasticine; wired figures are manipulated until the composition satisfies from every viewpoint. I then carve this into wax, forestalling future problems. When happy, I make working drawings to scale and am ready to draw all over the stone. I now use my mechanical electric chisel (rather noisy), or my preferred hand tools, the steel claws, chisels and punches, and different sizes of mallet to remove any parts of the stone not required. There are hazards such as fossils and flaws in the stone, which have to be accommodated or avoided. When completed, after four or five months, a mould is taken from the stone for a small bronze addition. I usually have three carvings to my work at any one time. I have used many materials and methods, such as wax modelling for silver work, weldings (sold by Liberty’s), and portrait work.
1934 Born on 30 March in Essex
1954-57 Studied at Essex Technical College and School of Art
1957-61 Studied Sculpture at Royal Academy Schools
1961 Freelance Sculptor
1974-75 Obtained Art Teacher’s Diploma at Stockwell College
1978-79 Postgraduate Certificate of Education at Goldsmiths College
1980-93 Taught Design Technology in a London Comprehensive School
1993- Membership Secretary of the Royal Academy Schools Alumni
Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors
Many Awards from the Royal Society of British Artists to present
Public Competition for the Harlow Trust, 1964
I exhibit mostly in mixed group shows, around eight each year. These are held in Galleries or in the grounds of the National Trust properties or Stately homes. RHS Wisley is another favourite venue as well as ArtParks in Guernsey. I have also exhibited in Florence and New York. One of my early sculptures was purchased by Dusty Springfield.