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Alma Boyes

Biography

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 differing scales.

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.

Her 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 & projects

2004 ‘SCRAMBLE’
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.

2003 ‘OSCAR’
Life-size bronze portrait of Oscar, 2yrs old.
Commissioned by his family.

2002 'THE CORDWAINER'
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 CROSS'
Commission to produce a floor centre piece cast in bronze WINDSOR CASTLE.

2001 'BABY ELEPHANT'
Portrait sculpture of Sithami enlarged to life-size for ANNETT YARROW Commissioned by CHESTER ZOO.

2000 HRH ROYAL TANK REGEMENT
Whitehall Place, London. Commission to produce 4 plaques representing Cap Badges.

1996 ROYAL WEST OF ENGLAND ACADEMY Open Sculpture Exhibition.
Queens Road, Bristol.

1995 SOCIETY OF WILDLIFE ARTISTS ANNUAL EXHIBITION Mall Galleries, London.

1994 ‘SHOP’, University of Brighton Galleries.

1993-4 ‘NEWTON AFTER BLAKE’
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.
Queens Road, Bristol.

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 Scotland, Edinburgh.

1992 SOCIETY OF WILDLIFE ARTISTS ANNUAL EXHIBITION. Mall Galleries, London.

1992 WORLDWIDE FUND FOR NATURE.
SCULPTURE FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMPETITION EXHIBITION - FINALIST.
4 Millbank, Westminster, London SW1.

1991 SOCIETY OF WILDLIFE ARTISTS ANNUAL EXHIBITION
Mall Galleries, London.

1990 WILDLIFE EXHIBITION
The Wildlife Gallery, Lavenham, Norfolk.

1990 ‘CENTAURS’
10 ft Scultpure, cast inBronze, produced for David Backhouse, sited in THE WHITELEYS BUILDING, BAYSWATER, LONDON.

1989 ‘FIGHTING JAGUARS’
Monumental Bronze Sculpture, DESIGNED AND PRODUCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH WILLIAM TIMYM, MBE. Commissioned by James Goldsmith for his residence in Mexico.

1989 ‘HORSES HEAD’
10 ft Sculpture produced for BILL TURNBULL, cast as a Limited Edition Bronze.

1988 ‘NEWTON AFTER BLAKE’
Twice Life-size Sculpture, cast in Bronze, produced for SIR EDUARDO PAOLOZZI, for Japan.

1988 ‘LION’
Life-size Bronze Sculpture, DESIGNED AND PRODUCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH WILLIAM TIMYM, MBE, private commission for a residence in Hollywood, USA.

1987 ‘BABY ELEPHANT’
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’
Twice Life-size Sculpture, cast in Bronze, produced for SIR EDUARDO PAOLOZZI. Commissioned by Bristol and West Architects for 34/36 High Holborn, London WC1.

1986 ‘TORGAMBA’
Life-size Portrait 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’
Life-size 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, Kent.

1984 ‘PHIL’
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 & BIRD’
25 ft high Sculpture, cast in Bronze, produced for BOB CLATWORTHY, for Sun St, London EC1.

1982 ‘GUY’
Life-size Portrait Sculpture of Guy the Gorilla, produced for WILLIAM TIMYM, MBE, private sponsorship for outside the Gorilla House, London Zoo.

1980 ‘LAS COLINAS MUSTANGS'
Monumental Bronze Sculpture depicts eight one-and-a-half-times lifesize mustangs Produced for ROBERT GLEN. Commissioned by Ben Carpenter , Dallas, Texas, USA.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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