Alma Boyes is a sculptor whose work is currently focussed on
figurative studies and work that explores the expression and
evocation of social (and cultural) relationships, predominantly as
expressed between animal species. Behavioural, anatomical and
contextual research as well as portraiture and anthropological
studies inform her public and privately commissioned work at
Awarded a British Council scholarship in
1979, Boyes travelled to Mexico to study pre- Columbian art. These
early studies remain a key influence in her work with specific
reference to form, colour, surface and the depiction of narrative.
For ten years Boyes also worked in collaboration with the wildlife
sculptor William Tymym producing life-size bronzes of animals for
zoos in the UK and USA and in 1992 she was a finalist for the
Worldwide Fund for Nature, Sculpture for the Environment
Competition, exhibiting works of endangered species.
most recent works include a study of the mother/child bond between
an adult and baby monkey in which she has focussed specifically upon
the manifestation of this relationship. She is currently undertaking
a series of species studies at Howletts Wildlife Park in Kent with
the intention of developing figurative three-dimensional signage for
the park. Aimed at both children and adults this signage is intended
to assist the Zoo in the development of an education policy for the
centre that will raise public awareness regarding the complexities
of wildlife conservation.
Boyes is also known for producing
studies and translations of figurative subjects and as an enlarger
for monumental sculptural works; a particular conceptual and
practice-based expertise built up over 25 years, notably for
sculptors Paolozzi and Turnbull and carried out at the Morris Singer
foundry. Her figurative experience and interest in the depiction of
narrative also led to the commission of a life size bronze sculpture
‘the cordwainer’ in 1992 from the Ward of Cordwainers in conjunction
with the Corporation of London and which is now sited in Watling
Street in the City of London.
|Selected exhibitions, commissions &
Reduction of a new monumental sculpture to
commemorate the “Battle of Britain” due to be unveiled September
2004 – sculptor Paul Day.
Commissioned by the Battle of Britain
War Society cast in bronze & resin.
Life-size bronze portrait of Oscar, 2yrs
Commissioned by his family.
Life-size bronze sculpture of a Cordwainer at work.
Commissioned by the WARD OF CORDWAINERS to commemorate their
centenary and The CORPORATION OF LONDON as part of their “Street
Scene Challenge” scheme. At present sited in Bow Churchyard, Bow
Lane, moving to Watling Street when the re-development of the area
has taken place. CITY OF LONDON.
2002 'THE GEORGE
Commission to produce a floor centre piece cast in bronze
2001 'BABY ELEPHANT'
Portrait sculpture of
Sithami enlarged to life-size for ANNETT YARROW Commissioned by
2000 HRH ROYAL TANK REGEMENT
Place, London. Commission to produce 4 plaques representing Cap
1996 ROYAL WEST OF ENGLAND ACADEMY Open Sculpture
Queens Road, Bristol.
1995 SOCIETY OF WILDLIFE
ARTISTS ANNUAL EXHIBITION Mall Galleries, London.
‘SHOP’, University of Brighton Galleries.
Production of a Monumental Sculpture, 3 mtrs high 4
mtrs in length, to be cast in Bronze, for SIR EDUARDO PAOLOZZI, to
be unveiled in 1995. Commissioned by The Arts Council, for the new
British Library, Euston Road, London,WC1.
1993 ROYAL WEST OF
ENGLAND ACADEMY Open Sculpture Exhibition.
1992-3 ‘THE WEALTH OF NATIONS’
Production of a
Monumental Sculpture, cast in Bronze, for SIR EDUARDO PAOLOZZI, at
3.5 mtrs high by 5.5 mtrs, this is the artist’s largest and most
monumental sculpture to date. Commissioned by The Royal Bank of
1992 SOCIETY OF WILDLIFE ARTISTS ANNUAL
EXHIBITION. Mall Galleries, London.
1992 WORLDWIDE FUND FOR
SCULPTURE FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMPETITION EXHIBITION -
4 Millbank, Westminster, London SW1.
SOCIETY OF WILDLIFE ARTISTS ANNUAL EXHIBITION
1990 WILDLIFE EXHIBITION
The Wildlife Gallery,
10 ft Scultpure, cast
inBronze, produced for David Backhouse, sited in THE WHITELEYS
BUILDING, BAYSWATER, LONDON.
Monumental Bronze Sculpture, DESIGNED AND PRODUCED IN
CONJUNCTION WITH WILLIAM TIMYM, MBE. Commissioned by James Goldsmith
for his residence in Mexico.
1989 ‘HORSES HEAD’
Sculpture produced for BILL TURNBULL, cast as a Limited Edition
1988 ‘NEWTON AFTER BLAKE’
Sculpture, cast in Bronze, produced for SIR EDUARDO PAOLOZZI, for
Life-size Bronze Sculpture, DESIGNED
AND PRODUCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH WILLIAM TIMYM, MBE, private
commission for a residence in Hollywood, USA.
Life-size Bronze Waterfall Sculpture, DESIGNED AND
PRODUCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH WILLIAM TIMYM, MBE, Commissioned by St
Louis Zoo, USA.
1987 ‘THE ARTIST AS HEPHAESTUS’
Life-size Sculpture, cast in Bronze, produced for SIR EDUARDO
PAOLOZZI. Commissioned by Bristol and West Architects for 34/36 High
Holborn, London WC1.
Sculpture, depicting a male Sumatran rhino, at that time, the only
one in existence in Western Europe. DESIGNED AND PRODUCED IN
CONJUNCTION WITH WILLIAM TIMYM, MBE. Commissioned by John Aspinal
for Howletts Zoo, Kent.
1985 ‘DJOUM & JUMA’
Portrait Sculpture, of a male gorilla Djoum, depicted with his
daughter, Juma, cast as a Limited Edition Bronze. Produced for
WILLIAM TIMYM, MBE. Commissioned by John Aspinal for Howletts Zoo,
Life-size Portrait Sculpture of Phil the
Gorilla, cast in Bronze, produced for WILLIAM TIMYM, MBE.
Commissioned by St Louise Zoo, USA.
1983 ‘HORSE RIDER &
25 ft high Sculpture, cast in Bronze, produced for BOB
CLATWORTHY, for Sun St, London EC1.
Portrait Sculpture of Guy the Gorilla, produced for WILLIAM TIMYM,
MBE, private sponsorship for outside the Gorilla House, London
1980 ‘LAS COLINAS MUSTANGS'
Sculpture depicts eight one-and-a-half-times lifesize mustangs
Produced for ROBERT GLEN. Commissioned by Ben Carpenter , Dallas,