Sculpture by Bev Knowlden
With over 30 years’ experience working as an artist, mainly in puppet animation and model making, I now concentrate on sculpting portrait heads of humans and animals in clay. I just love the forgiving nature of clay and also its ability to hold very fine detail when necessary.
I sculpt from both life and photographs. These finished models are moulded and cast in various resins, often combined with materials such as jute and reclaimed metal.
My art unravels portraits, captured and recreated with a porosity and fragility. The resulting works can be unsettling, haunting, beautiful but always subtly peppered with personality.
Drawing inspiration from my own life, darker themes occasionally embody my sculpture. Maybe it's a form of catharsis, although humour often emanates as well.
I gravitate towards theatricality and experimentation, often provoking naked bold compositions.
I was delighted to take part in the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2019, with my sculpture 'Cheeky Chester'.
Child's portrait head mounted on a stone base.
Resin Iron Acrylic and Stone
Edition of 10