Elisabeth Hadley Sculptor / Artist
I was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and have lived in Brixham, Devon for the past thirteen years. Here in my studio on Horsepool Street I sculpt my beautiful, graceful and sensual figures, which I then have cast into limited edition bronzes.
My interest and talent for sculpting the human form first developed while studying for a B.A (Hons.) in Ceramics at Bristol Polytechnic. Whilst still studying, I was asked to sculpt the head of Mr Bennett for the children’s programme ‘Take Hart’, I also won a competition to design a trophy for Sports Personality South West, which was executed in silver and porcelain on a mahogany base.
I then spent a year with Aardman Animations as a freelance model maker, working on several TV commercials- Lurpak butter and Cadbury’s crËme eggs, to name but two. Whilst still with Aardman, I did work on the short animated film, War Story. As a result of having worked for Aardman Animations, I was asked to be the voice of Wendy in Rex the Runt, a series of short plasticine animated films for Channel 4 television.
Though I enjoyed my time with Aardmans I was keen to continue my studies and left after a year, having attained a three-year sponsorship to study at the Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture in Staffordshire. This is where I gained my great knowledge of traditional sculpting techniques - anatomy, life drawing, life sculpting and mould making. Here, I became successful in another design competition- a piece of my own sculpture translated to become a medallion for promoting the National World Wild Life fund for Nature.
In 1997 I relocated to the South West of England and am currently working from my studio in Brixham, Devon producing limited edition bronzes and taking private commissions. In 2005, I was approached to sculpt a life-size mermaid, which was cast in bronze and is now sited on private land at the mouth of the river Dart. Christened Miranda, the mermaid has quickly become a landmark and a tourist attraction in the area.
In 2008 I completed another life size commission, a Greek style water feature for a private garden in Taunton. In the very near future I will be starting a monumental sculpture for Brixham, one of the UK’s major fishing ports. I have been commissioned to sculpt two, one and a half lifesize fishermen helming the wheel of a boat, this memorial sculpture is to be cast into bronze.
Portrait commissions are something, which I welcomes and enjoy , I am presently working on the portrait bust of a local businessman. I am also keen to pass on my skills and Knowledge to anyone wanting to further their art experience, and to this end I give regular master classes in life sculpting.
I travelled widely having back packed through several countries, though it was visiting Kenya that was the most inspirational and sparked off a series of beautiful sculptures, which capture the poise and grace of the African form.
I have exhibited successfully throughout the UK and my work is in private collections in Europe and Africa.
View my website http://www.elisabethhadleysculptures.co.uk/
A living representation of the statue will be on King's Quay on Saturday 9th July - to be filmed by Mentorn Films, 11am.