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Sculptor Charles Westgarth BA (hons)
Charles Westgarth

About Charles Westgarth

Born 1977 in central London against a background of musical theatre, the artist spent much of his childhood in the company of dancers and performing artists, an experience that would later resurface in his work.

Charles later obtained a Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design and continued to achieve a First Class Honours Degree in Model Design. His development as an artist therefore evolved through a range of disciplines and life experiences, initially working on various film and television projects followed by a career in product model making. He continued to develop and perfect his skills as a practitioner. This work would then contribute to his long term plans to travel, the journey covering parts of South East Asia, Australia and Europe.

On returning to the UK Charles opened his Hertfordshire studio and began personal and commissioned sculpture. Bronze has been his chosen medium and more recently marble after having spent several summers in Greece on the Cycladic Island of Tinos learning the traditional methods of marble carving under local artist and artisan Petros Dellatollas.

Charles has undertaken a selection of commissions both private and corporate including sculptures for Gilead Sciences, Grove Design interior designers, Amwell View school Hertfordshire, two large scale bronze?s for P and O?s new luxury cruise ship ?Azura?, restoration of a war memorial for Bermondsey and Rotherhithe council, Dulwich Hamlet FC London and in 2005 won a public commission for Ware town centre in Hertfordshire. He exhibits in many galleries and participates in group exhibitions across England and more recently in Belgium and Cyprus. Charles? sculptures can be found in collections throughout the UK and Europe and as far off as the Philippines.

?My fascination with the beauty of natural form manifests itself in my work on a variety of levels and from different approaches, therefore my self expression is most easily translated in to form through a series of themes, such as Dance, Movement, Energy, Evolution, Transition, Fluidity etc.?

Dance and Movement

In this series of bronze Charles explores the expressive nature and communication of dance. Understanding emotion to be the single driving force allows the artist to successfully convey feeling through the movement in his work. With careful interpretation he translates the physical narrative of dance in to slender elegant forms, extracting only the essential line and curve required to capture their specific energy and motion.

Creation and Evolution

In this latest series Charles focuses his attention on the subject of evolution, the elements required for creation and the devices nature employs to combat the struggle of growth in life. Nurture, protection, travel, adaptation, development, transition are all addressed in this series of organic forms. Each piece combines the line and form of a number of nature?s creations, seeds, shoots, shells and human anatomy among them. Twisting and spiralling upward with fluid movement through curves and counter curves the pieces are symbolic of progress and evolution as they morph and shift in shape and direction.

Exhibition History of Charles Westgarth

Nov 11 Galleria Romanelli, Borgo S Frediano 70, Florence, Italy
Oct 11 Art For Youth, Royal College of Art, Kensington, London
July 11 Sculpture in the Sanctuary, Nottinghamshire
Jun 11 Surrey Open Studios, sculpture exhibition at Milwyn Casting, Leatherhead, Surrey
Jun 11 Charles Westgarth and Steve Parkes, two man exhibition of sculpture and painting, A and K Wilson Gallery, Harpenden, Herts
Mar 11 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
Nov 10 ?In Touch?, Exhibition of sculpture hosted by Guy Portelli, Dalton House, Seven Oaks, Kent
Nov 10 Edinburgh Art Fair
Oct 10 Alan Kluckow Fine Art, Sunningdale, Berkshire
Oct 10 Art For Youth, Royal College of Art, Kensington, London
Sept 10 Open Studios, Hertfordshire
June 10 Cambridge Art Fair
June 10 Art For Youth Preview exhibition, Strutt and Parker, Mayfair, London
Mar 10 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
Feb 10 The Affordable Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium
Oct 09 ?Art For Youth?, The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
May 09 Artspace, The Barn Galleries, Henley-On-Thames
Mar 09 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London
Feb 09 The Architects Gallery, Teddington
Nov 08 ?Art in Architecture?, The Architects Gallery, Teddington
Oct 08 ?Art For Youth?, The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
Sep 08 ?Birmingham Art Fair?,
Sep 08 ?Gallery Number 9, Birmingham
Jun 08 ?UK Fine Arts? Summer Show, Llangollen, Royal Pavillion, North Wales
Apr 08 ?Gallery 22?, Hale, Cheshire
Mar 08 ?Affordable Art Fair?, Battersea Park, London
Feb 08-Apr 08 ?Limehouse Gallery? Limehouse, Docklands, London
Nov 07 ?Limehouse Gallery?, Limehouse, Docklands, London
July 07 ?UK Fine Arts? Summer Show, Llangollen, Royal Pavillion, North Wales
Jun 07 ?Cambridge Art Fair?
Jun 07-Aug 07 ?Summer Show? The Hunter Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk
Jun 07 ?Face 2007? Society of Portrait Sculptors, Cork Street, London
Jun 07 ?Bride Hall Exhibition of Sculpture?, Hertfordshire
May 07 ?Affordable Art Fair?, Bristol
Mar 07-May 07 ?Spring Show? Sheridan Russell Gallery, Crawford St., London
Mar 07 ?Affordable Art Fair? Battersea Park, London
Feb 07 to date ?The Sheritan Hotel?, Picadilly, Mayfair, London
Nov 06-Jan 07 ?Contemporary Art Show?, hosted by Organon (pharmaceuticals), Cambridge
Nov 06 ?Sothebys?, Auction of Racing memorabilia, Olympia, Kensington, London
Nov 06 ?Artefex Gallery?, Birmingham
Oct 06 ?Gallery No.9?, Brindley Place, Birmingham
Oct 06-May 07 ?Diatopos Gallery?, Nicosia, Cyprus
Aug 06-Oct 06 ?Gallery K?, Heath Street, Hampstead, London
May 06 ?Affordable Art Fair?, Bristol
Mar 06 ?Affordable Art Fair?, Battersea Park, London
Nov 05 ? Mc Neill Gallery?, Watling Street, Radlett
Nov 05 to date ?Contemporary Sculpture? Sheridan Russell Gallery, Crawford St., London
Jul 05 ?A and K Wilson, Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture?, The Gallery, Shepherds Market, Mayfair, London
May 05 ?An Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture?, Sheridan Russell Gallery, Crawford St., London
May 05 ?An Exhibition for a Public Commission?, Ware Town Hall, Herts
Apr 05 ?Worx of Art Gallery Spring Exhibition? Sun St. Hitchin, Herts
Mar 05 ?Affordable Art Fair?, Battersea Park, London
Jul 04 ?Bride Hall Charity Garden Sculpture Exhibition, Hertfordshire
Mar 04-Nov 04 ?The Gallery?, High St., Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Nov 03-May 04 ?Montpellier Gallery?, Chapel St., Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire
Nov 03-Feb 04 ?Catto Gallery?, Heath St., Hampstead, London
May 03-Nov 03 ?Art By Design? Warwick Gallery, Smith St., Warwick, Warwickshire
Apr 03-Jan 04 ?Eclipse Gallery?, Sun St., Hitchin, Herts
Apr 03 ?A and K Wilson Gallery?, Station approach, Harpenden, Herts
Jun 00 ?New Designers 2000?, Business Design Centre, Islington, London
Jun 00 ?Degree Show?, Art and Design building, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Herts.

Biography / CV of Charles Westgarth

My development as an artist has evolved through a range of disciplines and experiences, initially special effects and production quality model making. I began sculpting professionally in the summer of 2002 following a tour of Europe.

I am fascinated by the dynamic energy and mood encapsulated within the medium of dance, and with careful interpretation how those qualities can be enhanced to enable their successful translation to a sculpture that embraces the essence of movement.

Personal Commissions

Jan 2011 Private Commission Portrait bust of baby girl, bronze
June 2010 Private Commission Life size boy playing Cricket, bronze
May 2010 Private Commission Abstract Form, Belgian Black marble
Mar 2010 Private Commission Coat of Arms, Low Releif, bronze
Mar 2010 Private Commission Mother and Child ? life size, bronze
Jan 2009 Azura P and O Cruises 2x Large scale bronzes for new cruise ship Azura
Nov 2008 Rotherhithe Council Sculptural Restoration, War Memorial, bronze
Apr 2008 Private Commission (Collie Dogs), Chivers and Benson, 1:6 scale, bronze
Dec 2006 Private Commission (Doberman Portrait Bust), Crufts winner ?05, bronze
Aug 2006 Dulwich Hamlet FC (Lorrain Wilson), releif portrait of founder, bronze,
Dulwich FC, London
July 2006 Private Commission (For Life), small scale figurative sculpture, bronze.
Nov 2005 Private Commission (Flamenco), large scale figurative sculpture, bronze.
Oct 2005 Ware Town Council (Untitled), large scale public commission for (on going) the market square, Ware town centre, Hertfordshire
Jul 2005 Private Commission (Toby), portrait bust, chocolate Labrador, bronze.
Jan 2005 Amwell View School (Fluid Form), large scale abstract sculpture,
Aluminium, Hertfordshire
Nov 2004 Private Commission (Eleftheria), large scale figurative sculpture, fiber glass
Sep 2004 Private Commission (Mr. P. Moles), portrait bust, terracotta plaster.
Jan 2004 Private Commission (Grey Salute), race horse, 1:5 scale, bronze
Jan 2003 Gilead Sciences (Viread), company logo, onyx resin, Cambridge
Jul 2002 Private Commission (Flick), bust of a horse, 1:2 scale, bronze resin

Self Employed
Trading as Charles Westgarth Sculpture, Beech Hyde Farm
Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire

Jan 02 to date My work covers, portraiture, figurative and abstract sculpture in bronze, marble and stone and metal resins, modeling in clay, plastiline, plaster, polystyrene or directly in stone. My work also includes mould making, enlargement, restoration, metal chasing and patination of personal and commissioned work.

Freelance Work

Aug 11 to date MDM Props ? Sculpture, model making and fabrication
Herne Hill Road, Herne Hill, London
Sculpture projects undertaken ? Swan and Bat boy for Raquib Shaw (Chasing and finishing)
Rocking Horse Boy (new sculpture for the Fourth Plinth Trafalgar square) for artists Elmgreen and Dragset (sculpting)
5m Orchids for Marc Quinn (sculpting)

Bronze Age Sculpture Casting Foundry, Limehouse, Docklands, London.
May 11 to date Metal chasing, welding

Milwyn Casting ? Art Foundry, Highlands farm, Leatherhead, Surrey.
Sep 10 to date Metal chasing, wax chasing and mirror finish polishing in bronze.

Zahra Modern Art Foundries, Braintree, Essex
Aug 10 to date Wax casting and chasing, running up of wax casts and investing in ceramic shell, mould making, metal chasing, origination, polystyrene carving, patination. Enlargement of art works for Nasser Azam.

ATOM Creative Solutions and Thorp architectural model makers
Sunningdale, Berkshire
Aug 01 ? Dec 01 Fabrication of toy prototypes, product models, architectural models, paint finishing with airgun/airbrush.

Band of Brothers - film for television, Prosthetics Dept.
Hatfield Herts
Dec 00 Prosthetic sculpture and on-set assisitant

ATOM Creative Solutions and Thorp architectural model makers
Sunningdale, Berkshire
Jul 00 ? Nov 00 Fabrication of toy prototypes, product models architectural models, paint finishing with airgun/airbrush.


Jan 01 ? Jul 01 South East Asia, Australia and Europe

Work Placement
Artem, Perivale, Middlesex
Jan 99 ? Jul 99 Prop fabrication, physical effects, sculpture, mould making, welding.

Awards and Prizes of Charles Westgarth

? Winner of public sculpture competition for Ware town centre, Hertfordshire, 2005
? Awarded a business grant by the ?James Marshall Foundation?, Harpenden, Herts, 2002
? Winner of the ?Model Design Industry Award? 2000 at the ?New Designers? exhibition,
Business Design Centre, Islington, London
? Winner of the university prize for Model Design 2000 at the University of Hertfordshire.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Charles Westgarth

Jan 2009 Azura P and O Cruises 2x Large scale bronzes for new cruise ship Azura.

Qualifications / Education of Charles Westgarth

University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Herts
Sep 97 - Jun 00 BA Hons Model Design 1st Class
Sep 96 ? Jun 97 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Merit.

Price Range of Work

Charles Westgarth's work has a price range from £2,500 to £3,000

Mediums utilised

Charles Westgarth's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Charles Westgarth's work is found in the following categories on site:
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (6)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (5)
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary (5)
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes (4)
Organic / Abstract Sculpture (3)
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside (3)
Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue (2)
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues (2)
Spiral Twisted sculpture / statue / carving (2)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (2)
Parent - Child Sculpture
Human Figurative Sculptures
Variety of Emotional feelings depicted in Sculptures
Carved Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue carving
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures
Shells Sculptures including Land and Sea and Freshwater Shells Fossil Shells
Painted Coloured Tinted Patinated Enamelled Sculptures Statues statuettes
Mother and Child, the Madonna, mother and children Sculptures
Cloud, Breeze, Wave and Wind Sculptures
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures
Polychrome Sculpture Multi-Coloured Statues statuettes statuary
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Large Public Art sculpture Statues statuary
Small / Little Abstract Contemporary Sculptures / Statues
Children Child Babies Infants Toddlers Kids Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
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