PHILIP WAKEHAM - HON. MEMBER, PENWITH SOCIETY OF ARTS




BIOGRAPHY

Philip Wakeham is a self-taught contemporary figurative sculptor who has recently been awarded Hon. Member, Penwith Society of Arts.

Philip Wakeham works exclusively in bronze and his work is rooted in figurative tradition.

"I belive it is the job of the artist to produce symbols of non verbal understanding

"My work is visual art, this is important to understand, It is to be understood through your eyes , and allowed room to connect with the viewer beyond words. Its fun to talk about things to converse , it is one of the joys of being human, but so much cannot be expressed in words, words can only discribe what you already know, or try to comunicate something new through analogy with what you already know, Blue can never be comunicated in words .

"The visual has a direct path into our minds and hearts. I aspire to create work so beautiful and so arresting, that for just one moment all throught stops.

"Although I did attend art school, none of the skills I use were learned there, with the exception of the ceramic shell-casting process I learned under David Reid at the Royal Academy of Art. By then, I had already taught myself lost wax casting with pewter in my kitchen. Everything else was from books and endless experimentation and a somewhat reckless willingness to learn through actualy doing. My first foundry was in a wooden garden shed behind a cafe in Abingdon town centre."