Reece Ingram developed his carving skills under the guidance of Peter Randall Page at Brighton Art College and his sculptures can now be found across Great Britain. He takes workshops, holds gallery exhibitions and residencies and has been awarded several public commissions since he became a full time sculptor in 1985.
The main focus of his work is wildlife and his love of animals is obvious. Indeed, he even trained briefly as a taxidermist before taking his art degree. He believes that it is important for an artist to be part of a community and takes great pride in being able to share his creations with the public. Many of his works are carved from wood but he also works in stone and granite.
Ingram hopes to express himself through his artwork and make a direct connection with the solid physical world. His commissioned work for public sites has introduced him to new environments and helped him to broaden his range and style. He tries to bring a little humour into his sculptures and this aspect of his work has made them particularly popular in schools and parks.
He wants his creations to have a life and a soul of their own, something that children in particular seem to relate to. At the same time he hopes they exude a sort of peaceful contented feeling to those that view and interact with them. His commissioned work includes projects for the Dartmoor Commission for The Clay Trail in Cornwall, The Redruth Regeneration Project, Information Sculptures for Tegg’s Nose Country Park and Carved Hop Poles for The Eden Project, St Austell.
His sheep sculptures have been very popular and four are on display at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens. More recently, Reece was commissioned to create seven sheep for a fence on the Cross Country section of the Horse Trials at the London Olympics. His work starts from around £2,000.
The badgers emerging from the fallen tree was carved from a 163-year-old Cedar of Lebanon felled by a storm in Stanmer Park, Sussex. The Great Woods and Stanmer Park are now part of the South Downs National Park. (Photo courtesy Dominic Alves)
The Phoenix is part of a series of sculptures that were made to represent the writings of E. Nesbit. These included a Psammead from The Five Children, a sand fairy who grants wishes but you have to be careful what you wish for. There is also a dragon from The Book of Dragons and a Phoenix from The Phoenix and The Carpet. All were sculpted from sweet chestnut. They are on display in Eltham, London.
If you wish to know more about the work of Reece Ingram you can follow his blog at http://reeceingram.wordpress.com/