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Sculptor Luke Shepherd BA Hons, RCA Cire Perdue
Luke Shepherd

About Luke Shepherd

"Luke Shepherds`s bronze portrait sculpture exhibits a clearly recognizable style, capturing the unique strengths and subtle nuances of each sitter. He has skillfully moved beyond his formative years into a mature and sought after bronze portrait sculptor. With early success in both in the Royal Academy, London and the Academie des Beaux-Arts, Paris" Maurice Quillinan - critic and reviewer.

Exhibition History of Luke Shepherd

Luke Shepherd`s Group Exhibitions
2014 Ariel Gallery, Totnes
2013 SWSA at Hannahs, Devon
2012 Dorchester Hotel, London
2012 English Wine Week Sharpham Vineyard
2009 Welsh Artist of the Year, Cardiff
2009 Dartington Arts Centre, Devon
2009 Oriel Washington Cardiff
2008 Ariel Centre Totnes
2008 Delamore Gallery, Devon
2007 Ariel Centre Totnes
2005 Dartington Arts Centre, Devon
2005 Delamore House, Devon
2004 Art Farm Project, Devon
2004 Dartington Arts Centre, Devon
2004 Delamore House, Devon
2004 Buckland Abbey, Devon
2003 Dodiscombeleigh Art Exhibition
2003 Art Farm Project, Devon
2003 Dartington Arts Centre, Devon
2003 SWSA at Dartington Art Ctr, S. Devon
2003 SWSA at Dewsmoor, S. Devon
2002 Oriel Washington Cardiff
2002 Dodiscombleigh, S. Devon
1990 Margam Sculpture Park, W.Glamorgan
1990 West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff
1989 Pelter Sands Gallery, Bristol
1988 Royal West of England Academy
1988 St David`s Hall, Cardiff
1988 Academie des Beaux Arts, Paris
1987 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London.

Biography / CV of Luke Shepherd

Luke Shepherds`s Biography
Alongside my work as a portrait sculptor, I teach on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. The surgical course is aimed at imparting a visual 3-D knowledge base for the plastic and re-constructive surgeon.

I also teach private Master Classes aimed at a offering a full appreciation of both the technical intricacies of Portrait Modelling as well as the creative aspects.

My teaching role extends to mentoring other sculptors, in their quest to develop their modelling skills and full potential.

I am a full member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.

Artist Statement of Luke Shepherd

Luke Sheperds`s Personal Statement
Very few people have their Bronze Portrait Busts made in their lifetime. My aim is to regenerate an appreciation for this most powerful of art forms - the portrait sculpture.

I find the portrait bust to be one of the most intensely challenging tasks. Imagine the most physical, visual and mathematically challenging puzzle you can - then double it! The making of a great bronze portrait sculpture is all of this.

I view modelling as a magical process of observation and investigation. Rediscovering the language needed to transform the clay beyond mere technique or idea.

I strive to de-construct the form of the sitter before putting it back together, in a fashion that intensifies the sitter?s presence. This involves understanding what elements make the presence of the sitter unique, removing what is unnecessary and changing what is crucial, before reassembly.
In this way the viewer not only gains a vivid representation of the sitter, but is transported through a doorway into the world of the sculptor?s construction and creative processes.

Awards and Prizes of Luke Shepherd

Luke Sheperds`s Awards
Prizes and grants
1992 Residency - Hawkes Bay Polytechnic, New Zealand
1991 Bronze casting in Nepal
1988 Henry Moore Foundation Residency at Berllanderi Sculpture Workshop
1988 Welsh Arts Council Master?class Grant for 12 week study in bronze casting in Nepal
1987 Winner of Livewire Award for Business Enterprises.


Luke Shepherds`s Symposiums
Sculpture for Plastic Surgeons.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Luke Shepherd

Luke Sheperds`s Commissions of note
2013 Alexander McKee OBE
2010 Sri Ramana Maharshi
2010 Rhodri Morgan
2010 Christopher Biggins
2009 Leo Abse (reprise) - National Museum of Wales
2009 Theodore Shepherd
2005 Mrs and Mrs B Webb - private commission, London
2004 The Late Derek Williams - National Museum of Wales
2004 Debbie Mycroft - Seattle USA
2002 Bust of 100 year old Amy Molyneux
2000 5ft bronze memorial statue of Sylvia Jackson
1999 Bas-relief of the Late Kenneth Loveland
1998 The Rt Hon the Lord Crickhowell
1995 Sri HWL Poonja
1994 6ft Buddha statue, Lucknow, India
1993 Statue of Murugan (Shiva) commissioned by Temple Priest, Chidambaram, India (Uncompleted)
1989 Stuart Burrows
1988 Leo Abse ? version 1
1987 Billy Connolly
1986 The Late Rt Hon Viscount Tonypandy.

Reviews of work by Luke Shepherd

"Shepherd`s bust of Abse exhibits the sculptor`s ability to transcend materials, leaving the strength and personality of the sitter firmly embedded in the mind of the viewer."

Maurice Quillinan — critic and reviewer

"Brilliant Portrait Artist was how the press described Luke Shepherd."

Livewire Magazine

Public Works of Luke Shepherd

Luke Shepherds`s Public Works
2013 Alexander McKee OBE - Mary Rose Museum
2010 Christopher Biggins
2009 Leo Abse (reprise) - National Museum of Wales
2006 Stuart Burrows - National Library of Wales
2004 The Late Derek Williams - National Museum of Wales
1999 Bas-relief of the Late Kenneth Loveland - St Davids Hall, Cardiff
1998 The Rt Hon the Lord Crickhowell Unvivesity of Wales
1986 The Late Rt Hon Viscount Tonypandy - National Library of Wales.

Qualifications / Education of Luke Shepherd

Luke Shepherds`s Education
1984-1985 Royal College of Art, London: Diploma Apprenticeship in Lost Wax Bronze Casting.
1980-1983 South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education: Fine art degree course
1979-1990 South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education: Foundation course
1971-1978 Stanwell Comprehensive School, Penarth.

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Luke Shepherd

2012 Devon Life
2011 BBC Escape to the country
2005 International Journal of Surgeons
2004 Devon Today
2004 British Medical Journal
2003 The Sunday Times Colour Supplement
2003 The Times
2001 BBC Spotlight News Feature
2001 Carlton TV News Feature

Teaching Experience

2007-10 Sculpture for Surgeons, Cambridge
2007-08 Saltash Community School
2005-06 Sculpture for Surgeons, London
1999-2006 Royal College Surgeons, London
2001 Guest Speaker at Sharpham College, S. Devon.
1995 South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education Fine Art Degree Course and Foundation Course
1988-1995 Portrait Modelling Workshops — Berllanderi Sculpture Workshop
1991 Bronze Casting Workshop, Royal College of Art
1990 Portrait and Casting Course — Margam Sculpture Park, W.Glamorgan
1989 Ceramic workshops Ely Psychiatric Hospital 1988 Adult Education Classes in life drawing
1988 Mould Making and Casting — Berllanderi Workshop
1988 Palmerston Primary school, Barry
1987 Limerick Art School, Eire

Price Range of Work

Luke Shepherd's work has a price range from £8,334 to £8,500

Mediums utilised

Luke Shepherd's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Luke Shepherd's work is found in the following categories on site:
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues (4)
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue (4)
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures (4)
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures (3)
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures
Pop Art Sculpture
Classical Style Sculptures and Statues
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures
Human Figurative Sculptures
Famous People Sculptures Statues
Celebrity and Star Sculptures
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary
Corporate Sculptures
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines
Carved Stone, Marble, Alabaster, Soap Stone Granite Lime stone
Repair, restoration and conservation of sculpture
Historical Character Statues / Sculptures


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