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Lucy Unwin

Winchester School of Art (Fine Art Sculpture / 2006)


What is your favourite film of all time?

Point Break!


What music are you currently listening to and why?

I listen to a huge variety of music, I always have my ipod or the radio on when I’m working so its good to listen to all sorts. I currently listen to audiobooks whilst i'm working. 

Which living artists do you most admire and why?

Bridget Mc Crum, I love the way she captures the essence of the birds and animals she creates. 

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

Bernini,  I am still awestruck every time I see his work by the incredible detail in the marble and how he carved it so thinly

Michelangelo, for the beautiful form he created and changing the way people percieve sculpture.

Barabara Hepworth, for a woman of her time she was so determined to get her talent noticed and fought to get her name recognised at a time when sculpture was predominantly a mans world. 

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

I visited the Salvador Dali museum in Spain when I was a teenager. I really enjoyed the whole experience and it made me look at art in a different way. I remember being so impressed with the perfection of his paintings and the way he combined sculpture and architecture to create an experience for the viewer. Also the Brabara Hepworth museum in St Ives had a profound effect, it made me realise that there was potential for me to live my dream of making a living from making sculpture

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?

How long did that take you to make a sculpture?.... There’s not a simple answer as it completely depends on size and material!

What / who inspired you to be an artist?

I always enjoyed art at school but knew I wasn’t particularly good at drawing. I went to visit group of studios in Cambridge to see if anyone would give me some tuition. When I arrived I met Esther Joseph who was carving a life-size block of alabaster. I knew instantly that that was what I wanted to go! I had evening classes in stone carving with Esther for two years.

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?

I rent a barn on a farm in a beautiful valley in the cotswolds. I absolutely love it there, being in the countryside surrounded by nature. Being as secluded as it is gives me the freedom to make as much dust and noise as I like!

What do you like most about being an artist?

Creating sculptures from my imagination into solid forms, and knowing that I will never stop improving on the skills and techniques that I use. For me its very important to love what I do for a living. Every morning I wake up I look forward to going to my studio. 

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

Being the youngest sculptor to exhibit at ‘On Form’ sculpture exhibition alongside some of Britain’s top stone carvers, many of whom I have admired since I was at Art School. 

What are your plans for the coming year?

I am currently working on building up my portfolio so that next year I can exhibit my work widely and raise my profile. 

Latest artwork - View all by this artist

  • Saltatio
  • Avocado with Veins
  • Duck
  • Chrysalis
  • Bird

Artist's statement

The inspiration for my work derives from natural forms, be it organic shapes found in nature or the human figure. My steel work concentrates on the human form often portraying its physical power when it is pushed to extreme levels of exertion and flexibility, sometimes representing my own experiences within sport. When working with stone I use the natural shape of the material for guidance before releasing the form within. The physical process of working, which is often very demanding is important to me, as by combining physical and mental energy I am able to create the desired outcome.


Sculpture at Coughton Court Gardens, Coughton Court, Warwickshire.

Onform London 2013, The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras, London

Sculpture at Doddington, Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire.

On Form 2012, Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire.

 Expressions of Movement 2012, The Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire.

Shadow Casting Performance Collaboration, Area10 Peckham, London.

Art Contact Summer Exhibition, Limberhurst Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire.

The Sculpture Show, Marle Plaace Gardens, Kent.

The Sculpture Show, Trull House, Gloucestershire.

Collect4,, Vyner Street, London.

The Bergh Apton Sculpture Trail, Bergh Apton, Norfolk.

Art In the Garden, Harrold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire.

Winchester School of Art, Degree Show 2006, Sculpture. Winchester School of Art.

Recently sold artwork

  • Untitled
  • Female Torso
  • Looking Out To Troy
  • Male Torso
  • Water Bird
  • Conchiglia
  • Looking out to Troy
  • Fish
  • Bird
  • Gardener
  • Venus
  • Guilford
  • Esqueleto II
  • The Dancers
  • Crucifix
  • The Three Graces (after Rubens)
  • The Three Graces (after Raphael)
  • The Dance (after Matisse)
  • Torso
  • The Reader
  • Rain or Shine
  • Ticket Collector
  • Tooshie
  • Venus
  • Contemplation
  • Merriment