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Sculptor Robert Hunt SPS
Robert Hunt

About Robert Hunt

Robert Hunt was elected a member of The Society of Portrait Sculptors in Jul 2005.
Sculptor Robert Hunt SPS
Robert Hunt working on the portrait of Bryony

Exhibition History of Robert Hunt

Group Exhibitions
Armed Forces Art Society, Mall Galleries, London 1989, 2001, 2005, 2006
Winchester Cathedral Sculpture Exhibition (900th Anniversary Celebration)
Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge
Hampshire Sculpture Trust Members? Exhibition, Winchester 1997, 2002, 2005
Georgina Innes Gallery, Winchester 1998, 2000
The Barn Gallery, Old Alresford 2000, 2001
The Society of Portrait Sculptors? Exhibition, Cork Street Gallery, London 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 (1), 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Surrey Sculpture Society Group Exhibition, Physic Garden, Petersfield
The Harvey Gallery, Guildford 2002, 2006
Hampshire Artists Open Studios
2002, 2003
Chichester Centre of Arts Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Oxmarket Gallery 2003, 2004 (2), 2005
Roffey Park Exhibition, Surrey 2003
Vivartis Exhibition, Witley, Surrey 2003, 2005
The Angel Hotel, Midhurst, West Sussex 2003, 2004
Stansted Park garden and gallery exhibition, Hampshire 2003, 2004, 2005
Denbies Wine Estate Exhibition 2004, 2005, 2006
Riverhouse Gallery, Walton on Thames 2005

Biography / CV of Robert Hunt

After an early career in the Army, Robert moved to a job in the City in 1983 where he was to spend the next 18 years working with an international bank. Throughout this period he became increasingly absorbed by sculpture, finding the necessary time during evenings and weekends to attend life classes and to practice in his studio. He quickly showed a particular sensitivity for portraiture and what began as a hobby soon became a serious interest and led to his first portrait commissions in the late 1980s. The demand for his skills as a portrait sculptor, much of it generated by word of mouth, steadily increased and as a result he decided to leave the City at the end of 2000 to take up sculpture full time.

In addition to undertaking portraits to commission his work includes other figurative sculpture which he produces as edition pieces and which are based on both human and animal form. While much of his work is executed ?in the round? he also enjoys the discipline of relief sculpture and received the Olin-Stones Award for best relief sculpture at the Society of Portrait Sculptors annual exhibition at The Gallery, Cork Street in May 2004.

Apart from a number of commissions undertaken in the United Kingdom, his work is included in private collections in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Ireland.

He was elected a member of The Society of Portrait Sculptors in 2005 and appointed Honorary Secretary in November 2007.

Apart from The Society of Portrait Sculptors he holds memberships with Armed Forces Art Society, Hampshire Sculpture Trust and the Surrey Sculpture Society.

He works from his studio in Winchester, Hampshire and is married to artist, Belinda Hunt.

Artist Statement of Robert Hunt

Robert Hunt has had a fascination with visual rather than written forms of expression for as long as he can remember. An initial interest in drawing and painting has developed into a total preoccupation with three dimensional, figurative sculpture.

The majority of his work is portraiture. When he joined sculpture classes for the first time in the mid 1980s he was immediately drawn to the human face and figure. Although he has occasionally experimented with the abstract (which brings with it a whole new freedom of imaginative expression) he has always returned to the figurative as the discipline that most inspires him and provides the highest degree of satisfaction.

Trying to reproduce the warmth and flexibility of a living form, using materials as rigid as bronze, stone or plaster is undoubtedly a challenge. It is more than simply trying to reproduce the surface image that meets the eye. He is always trying to understand and reveal that ?something more? in every portrait sculpture that he undertakes. In the rigid surface of the finished piece must be, somehow, all the structure of bone and movement of muscle that makes up the human form; not just one momentary expression captured, but an illusion of all expressions that face is capable of; and more still - even the movement of an eyebrow, the sound of the voice, the shrug of a shoulder.

The sculptor, as a unique individual, meets the sitter as another such, and in that meeting hopes to see and express in a three-dimensional block of seemingly dead matter, the mystery of recognition, unique to this encounter.

So for Robert the ability to produce a likeness starts with a need to look in great detail at an individual: and not just at the surface. The French sculptor Antoine Bourdelle said to his students ?do not work on the surface, habituate yourselves to reproduce the interior. Sculpture is the art of the interior.?.

Awards and Prizes of Robert Hunt

Winner in 2004 of the Society of Portrait Sculptors - Olin-Stones Award for best relief sculpture
Awarded first prize 2004 - judged by Philip Jackson FRBS, FRSA.

Qualifications / Education of Robert Hunt

Initial careers in the Army and the City precluded any early formal art training.
Began studying sculpture in part time courses in the early 1980s.
Life class tuition, St Thomas` Art Centre, Winchester and Basingstoke College of Technology (Tutor Les Johnson) 1987-1995
Portrait sculpture course, West Dean College, West Sussex 1995
Stone carving and tuition in portraiture, Centro D`Arte, Verrochio, Tuscany 1997
Stone carving course, Portland Sculpture Trust, Dorset 1999
Technical sculpture training, The Sculpture Academy, London 2001
Has attended four Master Classes with The Society of Portrait Sculptors in 2005-9
One to one personal tuition with Nigel Boonham, FRBS, President, The Society of Portrait Sculptors 2005-9.

Teaching Experience

Occasional workshops and individual tuition with groups and individuals over the past 10 years.

Price Range of Work

Robert Hunt's work has a price range from £2,250 to £8,000

Mediums utilised

Robert Hunt's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Robert Hunt's work is found in the following categories on site:
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures (3)
Historical Character Statues / Sculptures (2)
Classical Style Sculptures and Statues (2)
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture (2)
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue (2)
Love / Affection Sculpture
Human Figurative Sculptures
Religious Sculpture
Wall Panel Carved Engraved Cast Moulded Sculpture Statue plaque
Saint Sculptures Statues
Animals and Humans Sculptures, Statues and Statuettes
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues
Plaques, Medals, Medalions, Coins, Tokens, Commemorative Customised Commission or Bespoke
Buildings, Structures and Parts Statues or Sculptures
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
High Relief or Haute Relief Carving Sculpture Wall Panel casting in Bronze / Copper
Famous People Sculptures Statues
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