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Judy Boyt artist profile

Sculptures and Artwork

'For the clear sun shone on the big bronze horse and he stood as still as the ground. But that is how it should be with statues. The good ones bestow a certain kind of immortality on their subjects. What was there then will always be there because of the statue'
David Charters writing about the Liverpool Working Horse sculpted by Judy Boyt in "Remembering the Liverpool Carters"
May 11 2010 - Liverpool Daily Post


Work Ethic

Judy Boyt is a sculptor and designer with a passion for the natural world. Her strong observational initial drawings are translated into sculpture using the 3D metal armatures as the 'drawn line'. This is where the energy, character and spirit of the sculpture starts. She works from the 'inside out'- the dynamics of the skeletal structure, adding the flesh and muscle, to the final skin layer - creating a sculpture that has presence and a soul, capturing the living essence in the final metal cast. "I want the sculptures to speak and have that energy that will excite the observer. I want to recreate the soul and power."

Judy is presently adding to her considerable range of small and large sculptures with work that is more abstracted but still retains a recognisable figurative element. Epsom's Evocation of Speed is the starting point for this style of work. She is presently working in collaboration with Tessa Campbell Fraser on The Royal Procession (life size carriage and four horses) for Ascot Racecourse. This new sculpture again reflects her more contemporary style.

Her work is equally suited for the landscape, cityscape or interiors and she has worked with architects, developers and Town Councils on many major projects. The Liverpool Working Horse monument was recently installed on the Albert Dock in Liverpool. The huge Aberdeen Angus Bull, The Black Prince, was installed in Morpeth, in the new Sanderson Arcade. (He now has his own Facebook page!)

Her largest bronze sculpture, 'Rebellion', (twice life size bronze horse) commissioned by Standard Life, is sited on top of his 100ft tower, East India House Offices, Middlesex Street, City of London.

Other notable public sculptures include 'Evocation of Speed' for Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, the large equine sculpture 'Up to the Line' for RedRow Developments, sited in the headquarters of Centrica, Windsor, and 'Golden Miller' sited at Cheltenham racecourse.

Judy designed and made the world famous Mitsubishi Motors silver trophy for prestigious Badminton Horse Trials.

Although the animal world features largely in Judy's sculptures, the human figure is also becoming part of her extensive portfolio. She has sculpted a number of military figures for private and military clients, including a larger than life size Dutch Marine for their HQ in Dorn, The Netherlands, in collaboration with Peter Hicks Ltd.

HTV made a documentary on a year in Judy's studio called 'Going for Bronze' following the making of 'Up to the Line' for Centrica headquarters in Windsor. This programme won numerous international film awards.

Judy, along with another artist and a writer, runs workshops and courses from her studio in Wiltshire.

Qualifications and Positions held

FRBS Fellow of Royal Society of British Sculptors - 1998
SEA Member, Society of Equestrian Artists - 1989
MA Industrial Ceramic Design and management Studies - 1978
BA Hons Ceramics and Three Dimensional Design - 1976
Assistant Art Director – Boehm of Malvern and USA
Designer at Wedgwood of Barlaston, Stoke on Trent. (MA course)
Consultant to Art Consultancy - Kennet District Council
Consultant to Tara Fine China, Ireland
Freelance designer and sculptor – Border Fine Art Co Ltd
Expert Witness for copyright case (London)
Worked as artist in Schools project in Swindon with company 'No added Sugar'

AWARDS

The British Sporting Art Award for Sculpture - 'Katarino' commissioned by Robert Waley Cohen
The British Sporting Art Trust Award for Sculpture -'The Violettas'
The British Sporting Art Trust Award - 'Evocation of Speed', Epsom.
The Royal British Sculptors Medal. The Sculpture of Outstanding Merit in London
'Rebellion' commissioned by Standard Life.
Sladmore Sculpture Award
International Trades Fair Award, Birmingham
The Heredities and Daily Telegraph Awards

TELEVISION, PUBLICATIONS and EDITORIAL INCLUDE

'Going for Bronze' | HTV - 2002 | Documentary about Judy Boyt which won two international awards for best short documentary.
The Times - 1997 | The Financial Times - 1997
Harpers and Queen - 1997 | Meridien TV - 1996
Good Housekeeping - 1995 | Riding Magazine - 1995
The Sporting Glories exhibition - 1994 | HTV The Wrap - 1994
Hello Magazine - 1994 | Horse and Hound - various articles
The Field - 1993 | Equestrian Sculptors - by Dr Robert Fountain - 1990
The Alchemy of bronze | Tony Birks 1999
British Sporting Art Trust - various articles

ART COLLEGES ATTENDED

Oxford Polytechnic
University of Wolverhampton
North Staffordshire Polytechnic

EXHIBITIONS

Judy Boyt has exhibited her work at some of the most prestigious galleries and in exhibitions in Britain, Europe and further afield, such as in the USA. She has been sculpting and drawing all her life and her talent is shown perfectly in the number of group or solo exhibitions in which she has displayed her work.

Some of the most notable exhibitions are:
The Sporting Glory Exhibition, The V&A Museum, London
Mitsubishi Motors Trophy, Badminton Horse Trials, Gloucestershire
The Mall Galleries, London, Private solo exhibition for Rebellion
Simpson of Piccadilly, (Daks), The Salute to the Horse - one man show
Chichester Festival, 4 man exhibition in Cathedral cloisters
Monks Withecomb Gallery, Chagford, Devon - one man show
Lexington, Kentucky, Rolex 3 Day Event, USA
London Zoo, Zoo Sculpt, Sladmore & Pangolin Galleries
Arts and Interiors 94, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
SEA Annual Exhibitions:
The Mall Galleries, London, Society of Equestrian Artists Annual exhibitions
Christie's, London, Society of Equestrian Artists
Palace House, Newmarket, Society of Equestrian Artists
Pairs Gallery, London, Permanent exhibition of selected sculptures

Exhibitions Abroad:

Saumur, France, Equestrian exhibition 'The Stallion'
France, Societe Equestre, Travelling exhibition for one Year - (Versailles)
Mayenne, France, British Week - Festival
The World Cup Horse Show, Geneva Galeries, Las Hirondelles
Jersey Zoo, Jersey, Mixed exhibition of outdoor bronzes
Flying Fox Agence, France, Collection of artists paintings and bronzes
Galerie Les Hirondelles, Geneva, Switzerland

Other Exhibitions:

Great Chalfield, Wiltshire - 'The best of Wiltshire'
The Land Gallery, Yorkshire. Mixed Show outdoors.
2000 - Merrill Lynch, Tribute to the Horse
The Thompson Galleries, Gloucs., Summer Exhibition
1999-2000 - Thompson's Galleries, mixed exhibition
1999 - Unicorn Gallery, mixed exhibition -
David Dudley, Marlborough, small selection
Axiom Gallery, Cheltenham, The Turf - mixed show
1998 - Equus Gallery, Newmarket, mixed show
Osborne Gallery, London, mixed for SPANA charity
London Zoo, Zoo Sculpt, Sladmore & Pangolin Galleries
Chelsea Flower Show, The Sculpture Workshop
Chelsea Harbour
1997-98 - Pangolin Galleries, mixed show
1997 - Kings Troop, St John's Wood, Equestrian
Chelsea Harbour, London, P & O, outdoor sculpture exhibition - Equus
The Bartlet Taylor Room, Witney, solo exhibition
Equus Gallery, Tribute to the Horse-Trafalgar Square, Maquette
Osborne Gallery, London, Mixed artists
Middleham, Yorkshire, Open Day Demonstration at the Manor Stables
Pierrepont Gallery, Newark, 'I give you the Horse' - mixed show
1996 - Middleham, Yorkshire, The Shooting Party, charity exhibition
Collyer Bristow, British Equestrian Federation, Olympics, London
1995 & 1996 - Mixed Show
1995 - Middleham, Yorkshire, 2 man show -
1994 & 1995 - The Osborne Gallery, London Animals & Equestrian
1994 - No.6 Gallery, Newbury, Equestrians
The Sladmore Gallery, London, Sculptor's Drawings. RBS
1993-1996 - Pangolin Gallery, Gloucestershire Mixed shows, Bronzes & Drawings
Tryon Gallery, London, Bronze in a mixed sporting exhibition
1987-1992 - Henry Brett Galleries, Gloucester, Joint exhibitions of bronzes

PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

As a sculptor and artist celebrated worldwide, Judy's work has been sought out by both public and private art collectors around the world, notably in the collections owned by The British Royal Family, The Sultan of Bruneii, HH. The President of the United Arab Emirates, Mitsubishi, Cheltenham Racecourse and The Duke of Roxburge.

Judy is fortunate to have made such an impression with her artistic/sculpting talent to be able to be a part of such important and impressive collections but she also really enjoys creating pieces for private individuals/clients who see something special in her work

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS include:

The British Royal Family
The Sultan of Bruneii HH.
HH. The President of the United Arab Emirates
Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum.
The Hon. Nicholas Soames MP
The Duke of Roxburghe
The Late Lord Westbury
The Earl and Countess De Le Warr
The Late Major 'Dick' Hern
Lord Oaksey
John Dunlop
Jane Seymour
Mr & Mrs Alec Wildenstein
Mrs Tommy Wallis
Mr B Holliday
Mrs J Beckwith
Amanda Skiffington
Mrs N Corner
Mr and Mrs P Finn
Mrs S A York

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS include:

Mitsubishi Motors (UK)
Standard Life UK
The Liverpool Carters
United Racecourse Holdings Trust
Cheltenham Racecourse
The National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket
Horse and Racing Museum, Japan
Dransfield Properties Ltd
RedRow Commercial Developers
Flora and Fauna Society
Wedgwood Fine China
Boehm Fine China
Hereford Fine China
Bronte Porcelain Co
Ashmor Fine China
Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horses
Garrard's, The Crown Jewellers
Galerie Les Hirondelle
Border Fine Art Co.
Philbeach Events and Promotions
Royal Brierley Crystal
Royal Military Police
The Hon James and Mrs Bethell
Princeton University, USA
Kennet District Council

TESTIMONIALS

Commisions:-
"We are delighted with the superb Aberdeen Angus Bull – known as the Black Prince – that Judy created for us at Sanderson Arcade in Morpeth. She has such a passion for her work and the research and attention to detail that goes into producing a piece is just fantastic. Sanderson Arcade was opened in November 2009 by Joanna Lumley OBE who chose the name for the sculpture in honour of one of her ancestors who bred the very first Aberdeen Angus Bull. The Black Prince is placed on a specially made canopy and he overlooks the Arcade rather majestically. It is always lovely to see and hear people stopping and commenting on the sculpture"
Mark Dransfield
Managing Diretor, Dransfield Properties


"I commissioned Judy Boyt to carry out a sculpture of my filly 'Attraction', winner of the English and the Irish 1000 guineas in 2004. She has produced a wonderful sculpture that has successfully captured both the spirit and energetic action of the filly in a way that I am delighted with. The resulting sculpture has quite rightly received acclaim from all those who have seen it as it is an outstanding piece of work. In that this was always going to be a very sensitive project, Judy has been extremely helpful and pleasant to deal with."
The Duke of Roxburghe

"'Waiting' is a truly exceptional monument and we believe Judy is a truly exceptional sculptor"
Sharon Brown
Secretary - Liverpool Carters Working Horse Monument Fund

Workshops:-
"Thank you so much for another truly brilliant course. Thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed and learnt (yet again) so much. THANK YOU. Already looking forward to next year..."
Emma Johnston
Attended the Shropshire 3 Day Sculpture workshop, 'THINK ENERGY', based on the horse in motion.

"Just a quick note to say a very big fat thank you to both of you [Judy and Priscilla]...Now, I really need some advice as I have never tackled anything like we did before. WHAT NOW???...Feel like a mixture of a child on a bicycle whose parent has let go and suddenly realises she is on her own and a fledgling blackbird who won't leave the nest but keeps gaping 'Feed me...feed me'!"
Mary Holden
Attended the Shropshire 3 Day Sculpture workshop, 'THINK ENERGY', based on the horse in motion.