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Tim Shutter


Two main qualities seem to sum up my sculpture: My commitment to using stone, and my desire to make works that include a sense of fun. This has often been achieved by playing with the expectations of the material.

For instance, I have carved hard sandstone coping into rows of soft cushions which could be sat upon whilst waiting for a bus, I have also given a heavy stone bench wings to fly and put a stone sofa on a stone raft. Other approaches have included changes in scale such as caving a monumental granite cake, or the play on context such as placing indoor furniture outside. By these methods I attempt to give the sculptures a presence and a sense of frivolity. Much of my work has been for public sites, so my subject matter is deliberately made accessible to appeal to as many people as possible. They are site specific, tune into local references and they are frequently functional.

When I left Art College I worked and trained for several years as a stonemason. I then moved back towards sculpture by working as an assistant to Anish Kapoor, and occasionally as an assistant to Antony Gormley. I also completed an M.A. at Wimbledon School of Art in site specific sculpture. Over the following years I gained sufficient success with public commissions to work on them full-time. I have also continued to exhibit personal works when possible. The projects I have been involved with have become increasingly ambitious, moving from individual works to more inclusive schemes. My Sculpture continues to develop based on my sustained interest in working in stone and in exploiting its sculptural potential.



'MJB' or Magic Jumping Bean

Garden Sculptures

Work for Freeform arts trust.

Playing babies

Fish out of water

Spirit of the apple tree

Who you be

The deep sea diver

Turkey Brook Guardian

The Core of Castleford



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