This is a question we are commonly asked after adding some of Michael Talbots fine art sculptures to our range of ornaments. I’m delighted to be able to share his biography with you and give you an insight into his passion.
Michael Talbot was born in Staffordshire in 1959, and during his early school years his fascination with clay began. He also developed a love of the human figure which started an interest in life drawing; combining the two set him on a creative journey and a lifelong study of sculpting.
After completing a BA Hons degree in Sculpture, he gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools in London for post graduate study and won the Landseer prize in 1983. Further studies included The Sir Henry Doulton Sculpture School under Colin Melbourne ARCA and Dame Elizabeth Frink RA. Michael was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1997.
Michael is known for creating an original clay sculpture which he then casts into bronze, uniquely finishing and patinating each sculpture. This process allows him to enhance and refine the final image, using his exquisite skills that makes his work so intricate and interesting.
Michael is well known for his beautiful female figures and dancers but recently his work has included more contemporary creations including detailed wildlife sculptures resulting in stunning works of art that will sit comfortably in modern and very traditional environments.
His work can be found in some of the finest galleries throughout the world including: Patrick Lichfield, former chairman of the Arts Council, Lord Gibson and the Nat West Bank, leading politician Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the actress Jamie Winstone, hotelier David Morgan Hewitt as well as recently embarking on exciting new projects with the Royal Ballet and the Supermodel Kate Moss.
We are very privileged to be able to offer Michael’s British Countryside Animal Collection at Pretty Maison; a chance for you to bring a timeless piece of fine art into your home, to be admired and enjoyed for years to come.
Michael still lives in the heart of Moorland National Park, where we hope he continues to delight us with his stunning contemporary sculptures and works of art.