David Hunwick founded the Sculpture Studio in Victoria in 2008.
David Hunwick was born in England and grew up in the verdant countryside of Kent. He attended Ravensbourne College to study sculpture and was selected for the New Contemporaries Exhibition in Manchester. While an Artist-in Residence in Stirling, Scotland, the sculptor exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. Since emigrating to Canada with his wife and two sons in 2001, David has worked on public, private and commercial projects. He founded The Sculpture Studio in 2008. His artwork is collected worldwide.
The first Adam and Eve sculpture was completed in 1986 and installed in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Adam and Eve (1986) are now on permanent display at Woolley Hall College in Yorkshire. David’s ideas for narrative-based sculpture come from mythology and the natural world.
Adam and Eve depict the fall from grace with an elegant simplicity of form. “There is both grandeur and a sense of lost dignity in the exposed centaur shapes,” says the sculptor.
Inspiration for Adam and Eve came from Henry Moore’s King and Queen.
Egyptian and Etruscan sculpture impress David as well as the tall thin figures of Giacometti. Line, movement, rhythm and texture are important elements in his work, plus the visual drama of negative space.
Michael deRoos, B.Sc. was the “master skeleton articulator” of The Blue Whale Project. Moved from PEI to Victoria in 2007, the skeleton is now suspended without armature at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC. Michael is widely praised for orchestrating the complex task of reconstruction. www.cetacea.ca
“David’s technical skills were essential for the moulding and casting of rib bones and reconstruction of the skull,” says Michael. The project took two years and involved casting 31 ribs, from three to nine feet long. Light weight replicas of the original bones were needed to successfully suspend the 26 metre Blue Whale skeleton.
David was enthused about the project, explains Michael, and was open to experimenting and brainstorming solutions along the way. He understood and accommodated my needs about reconstruction details, and his work on the damaged skull was excellent. David hired and trained a technical team to assist with the heavy workload.
“I would recommend him as a good problem solver, teacher and communicator,” says Michael, “who worked within the time frames given.” www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca
Elsa Hernandez-Lyons and Ed Lyons discuss
Former student Melanie Furtado praises
Mark Heine is an established artist from a famous family of painters. His artwork graced The Winter Show at The Sculpture Studio (2012).
Mark first viewed David’s sculpture at the Sooke Fine Art Show. “I was intrigued by his unique treatment of the female form,” recalls Mark.
“It was delightful to meet and talk with David.”
Mark delights in the creative dialogue and interesting mix of people who frequent the studio’s exhibitions. “David is able to bring people together,” says Mark, “and is very generous with his time and energy.”
If you have an enquiry about a private or public commission or mold making and
casting project please contact David at :
or tel : 250 419 3233.
The Sculpture Studio can be located at: 211 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC V9A 3S2.
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