Andrew Thomas has been a professional sculptor since 1993 and rapidly gained international recognition for his three dimensional art, which has won him over 20 awards during his career, including three international gold medals. His work has also garnered him high acclaim in the UK’s most prestigious exhibitions and academies, including the Royal West of England Academy, the Royal British Society of Artists, Mall Galleries London, Olympia London, BADA London, LAPADA London and Henley Festival. His exhibition record to date now well exceeds 100, and his work is currently hosted by many fine-art galleries nationwide.
By experimentation with form over many years, Andrew has progressively developed his understanding of three dimensional sculpture, naturally evolving his individual style of work to produce an extensive and diverse range of harmonious designs, in a number of series, all embodying the essence of their subject. His work is created originally in the beautiful tactile medium of wood and then cast in bronze using the lost wax method, in limited editions of 7, 9 and 12. The style of his forms are recognized for their elegant fusion of plane and contour, full of dynamic energy, graceful movement and emotional resonance, which sensitively breathe life into the spaces that they occupy. Andrew undertakes the final finishing of the bronze surface to his own high standard, and then performs the patination procedure himself to add the colour and effects that he wishes each individual sculpture to resonate, importantly adding his creative fingerprint to each individual form.
Since 1994 Andrew has been writing for several different publishers including the Guild of Master Craftsmen, in which he is a regular author in every issue of the magazine - ‘Wood Carving’. This is a bi-monthly publication with a circulation of over 40,000 copies in 57 different countries. In 2011 the GMC also commissioned Andrew to write his first book ‘Learn To Carve In The Round’, which was published in 2012 and is also available in 57 countries worldwide.
This depth of experience and perception of three dimensional form has also enabled him to architect a structured, and highly successful method of tuition that logically disentangles its complexities and illuminates the fundamental technical and creative skills that are essential in order to successfully produce both realistic and artistic forms. Andrew is a qualified tutor with 2 decades of teaching experience, both in further education and privately from his studio in Wareham, Dorset, UK, where he offers tuition sessions that accommodate the level of ability and specific interests of each individual student who wishes to learn this challenging and fascinating subject.