Richard Wells


Richard Wells

What inspires your art practice?
I work in bronze and like to reflect emotion through the figurative form. I enjoy using traditional methods and ancient techniques to create these contemporary sculptures that have relevance in today’s World.

What materials do you work in?
I work in bronze that is cast from an initial sculpture that I have created in wax.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
The majestic dogs sit at the entrance evoking a sense of welcome, they are friendly and invite people to pat their heads and stop to chat. They also reflect links to the past acting like sentries protecting those who enter and those within.

The sculptures are tactile and long standing, they will make people smile as they enter.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
In Queenstown Gardens I have a 3-metre-long bronze dog leaping into the pond, I have a commissioned piece in Te Papa’s permanent collection and Soldier
at Rest sculpture in the NZSAS Memorial Grounds, Papakura. I am represented in Auckland by Parnell Gallery and by galleries throughout the country.

Where did you study?
I have studied in Christchurch and in particular under the tutelage of Rod Burgess and David Reid.

Sculptures by Richard Wells

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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