Luke Shepherd- Portrait Sculptor

Luke Shepherd- Portrait Sculptor Luke Shepherd - Portrait Sculptor

Biography

Background Information

Quietly gazing through a museum gallery, you may have spotted one of Luke Shepherd’s bronze portrait busts. His flare and ability to capture the famous is becoming well known. From a prestigious sculpture commission by Cardiff University of retiring president The Rt. Hon. The Lord Crickhowell, to a commission by the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, to produce a bronze bust of Derek Williams.
His range is as diverse as his political statesmen include The Rt. Hon. The Late Viscount Tonypandy and Leo Abse, through to comedian Billy Connolly and tenor Stuart Burrows.

Luke’s portrait sculpture has always inclined towards the representational. He sees himself primarily as a figurative sculptor — to capture the essence of another individual and to bring the clay alive his challenge. To this end he stands apart from other portrait sculptors by becoming one of the very few fully conversant with the lost wax bronze casting process and all it’s subtle nuances. This enables him to not only create highly charged and life—like busts, but to be able to then execute them himself, with a craftsman’s touch.

In 1988 he was awarded a Master–class grant by the Welsh Arts Council to undertake a traditional bronze casting, engraving and gold plating residency, with Nepalese artist Ratna Jyoti Shakya. This led him to the foothills of the Himalayas in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Little did he know, but this was to change the course of his life!

In 1990, Luke packed up his Cardiff studio, sold his house and together with his wife Satya, undertook an extensive 5 year journey to Nepal, India, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

This journey led the couple into the wilderness of the Australian outback for 3 months, to Himalayan glaciers and for 20 days of silent meditation retreat, to name but a few highlights! They had the good fortune to meet the great Indian sage HWL Poonja, whose head was modelled by Luke in clay and precariously carried overland to Nepal, to be cast in bronze!

Luke is much in demand as both an artist and educator. Each year in Cambridge he leads the training course Sculpture For Surgeons on behalf of The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

He has exhibited portrait busts at the Royal Academy, London and the Academie des beaux-Arts, Paris.

He is also deeply committed to his other passion – Tai Chi which he has been practicing for 28 years and runs the Open Palm School based in Exeter. This contributes to his inter-personal skills as a teacher, facilitator and artist.

Luke lives with his wife Satya on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in South Devon. He reconstructed his sculpture studio from a derelict stone building, where he undertakes portrait commissions and runs portrait modelling courses. He welcomes visitors for studio visits with Devon tea and scones!

View my website http://www.luke-shepherd.com/

My Location

Sculpture Studio

Druidstone
Holne Cross
Ashburton
Devon
TQ13 7HE

Telephone: 01364 652 102
Email: luke@abcbronze.co.uk
Website: http://www.luke-shepherd.com/

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Portrait Sculpture Commission by Royal Devon &amp; Exeter NHS Trust / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-01-04T00:00:00Z">Fri 04 Jan 2019</span>Portrait Sculpture Commission by Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust / Fri 04 Jan 2019

Mr Ling to have his portrait in bronze commissioned by the Orthopedic Unit at the Royal Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust Sculptor Luke Shepherd states " It was aa honour to meet his family and be chosen for this underta...

Sculpture Courses 2019 / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-01-04T00:00:00Z">Fri 04 Jan 2019</span>Sculpture Courses 2019 / Fri 04 Jan 2019

Figurative Sculpture is back in vogue. After many years of self-referential conceptual art leading the way - a survey has just been commissioned to find out what people really like. Could it be that traditional value...

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Mastering Portrait Sculpture August 2019 / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-08-08T00:00:00Z">Thu 08</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2019-08-11T00:00:00Z">Sun 11 Aug 2019</span> <span>(4 days)</span>Mastering Portrait Sculpture August 2019 / Thu 08 to Sun 11 Aug 2019 (4 days)

Mastering Portrait Sculpture Courses with Luke Shepherd in South Devon Dates for 2019 Portait Modelling MasterClasses 13th - 16th June Ashburton, Devon, UK 8th - 11th August Ashburton, Devon, UK 5-Day Silic...

Mastering Portrait Sculpture June 2019 / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-06-13T00:00:00Z">Thu 13</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2019-06-16T00:00:00Z">Sun 16 Jun 2019</span> <span>(4 days)</span>Mastering Portrait Sculpture June 2019 / Thu 13 to Sun 16 Jun 2019 (4 days)

Mastering Portrait Sculpture Courses with Luke Shepherd in South Devon Dates for 2019 Portrait Modelling MasterClasses 13th - 16th June 2019 Ashburton, Devon, UK 8th -11th August Ashburton, Devon, UK 5-Day...

Tai Chi - How do I improve my practice? 9 -10th  March 2019 / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-03-09T00:00:00Z">Sat 09</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2019-03-10T00:00:00Z">Sun 10 Mar 2019</span> <span>(2 days)</span>Tai Chi - How do I improve my practice? 9 -10th March 2019 / Sat 09 to Sun 10 Mar 2019 (2 days)

Deepening Your Practice of Tai Chi 9th - 10th March 2019 Venue: Ashburton Town Hall TQ13 7QQ What do those more experienced than us understand, feel and train? How can we develop our practice to the next level? ...

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BioLuke Shepherd- Portrait Sculptor / Luke Shepherd - Portrait Sculptorgraphy Background Information Quietly gazing through a museum gallery, you may have spotted one of Luke Shepherd’s bronze portrait busts. His flare and ability to capture the famous is becoming well known. From ...