Stephen J Winterburn - Sculptor & Artist

Biography

     

Steve Winterburn is a self-taught artist whose creative development has been fuelled by his conviction, immense energy and curiosity. Possessing

an innate comprehension of engineering and design enables him to explore his passion for challenge and experimentation.

     

 Steve began teaching himself to sculpt in 1994. With the progression of his sculpting an ambition  emerged to personally shape each piece of his work from concept

to completion. He had entrusted the casting of his earlier bronzes to the established foundries. But the delays in delivering his work became frustrating

and he was disillusioned by the changes that resulted from not handling the finishing stages himself.

     

In 2002 Steve moved to Yorkshire, in the north of England, and began converting the vast workshop next to his house in to the current 9 room studio & foundry.

 It was here he started to experiment in order to gain an understanding of the entire process that is traditionally a closely guarded secret handed down between

foundry men. The challenges included mastering mould making skills and the lost wax impression of the moulds from which a one off ceramic mould is made

ready for the bronze pouring. Expanding his expertise with chasing the bronze, his ability to hand work the malleable surface and with the patina (colours).

These stages are normally undertaken by a succession of different people, each skilled in their particular phase of the evolving sculpture.

   

 Involvement with a diversity of initiatives has taken Steve to India, Peru, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Australia and Ethiopia, sculpting people and animals.

In the UK he exhibits with the Halcyon Bruton Street gallery who have also sold his work in the famous Harrods and Selfridges stores. His sculptures have been

 auctioned at Christie and Sotheby’s and Monaco Fine Arts sell Steve’s work in Monte Carlo. He’s exhibited with LAPADA & BADA ( the antiques federations)

at their shows and twice with The Wildlife Arts Society at the Westminster Gallery where in 1998 he won the award for best3 dimensional piece. He exhibited

twice at the Royal Academy in London.  Current projects include developing designs for two statues, which will be huge public pieces of art commemorating

the rugby league players Clive Sullivan and Peter “Flash” Flanagan, and a recently completed figurative piece to raise funds for Alzheimer’s researchvand young

 boxers to have brain scans - this may extend to a further commission to produce a life size sculpture. He has been invited to Buckingham Palace to do a portrait

of the Duke of Edinburgh.  He has just completed a life size bust of Jim Cronin and Charlie the Chimp which will be on display from October 2008. Jim Cronin

was one of the Founders of Monkey World – The Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, UK. In 2009 Steve started working on the Welsh Dragon Project, which will be an

80 foot dragon to be situated in Wrexham, North Wales.  Planning for this was granted in March 2011.  In February 2010 he had a very successful exhibition in

Barbados which sold out.  Steve has just been awarded to a commission at Wembley Stadium of 5 Rugby League players to be unveiled at the 2014 Challenge Cup

Final.  He is also working on projects with Carrs of Sheffield and selling his work at Harrods.

          

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