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JOHN SIMS Sculptor

Born 1952, Canterbury, Kent, England

Studied Graphic Design and illustration, Folkestone School of Art.

Worked as an Art Director and illustrator , children’s book publishers and advertising agencies in London, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Tunbridge wells, Kent, UK

Began stone carving in 2000 and in 2002 – 2006 studied BA Sculpture at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Comments by the artist: “ My work is derived from the human figure, landscape and increasingly mythology. Ovid’s Metamorphosis and the use of these myths throughout art history. For a long time I have been fascinated by and inspired by Cycladic figurines and archaic Greek and Egyptian sculpture. Since arriving in Cyprus the chalcolithic figurines discovered in Lempa and Kissonerga have become a strong influence upon both my carving and drawing. I am working with the same limestones and similar green and grey metamorphic stone that were used by the ancient Neolithic and Chalcolithic peoples  of Cyprus. My aim is to try and capture the essence of a moment that is quiet and still, to capture time perhaps. It is often internationally sensual, I like people to touch as well as look at and think about my carving.

I have exhibited in numerous locations in England including Canterbury  Cathedral.”


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