Philip Wakeham is a figurative sculptor who, unlike most sculptors, does all his own bronze casting. This allows him to use the whole process in the creative way so essential to producing the true beauty and fidelity of his finished works. He starts by working from life in clay, then, through a complex evolution of process and compositions, ends with the completed bronzes.
Drawing on the ideas of Carl Jung and Iain McGilchrist, myth and the divided brain are central to his work and belief in the fundamental importance of visual art in being human.
Philip says of his work: "It is the human face and body that links all my work, even when the natural and man-made imagery are disparate. Because I create the whole work from the original to the bronze casting, I can control the process. As important as control is, chance and serendipity are essential to the work, breathing in a life and reality that can't be faked."
Having studied at Exeter College of Art and the Royal Academy of Art, Philip initially worked with pewter, being involved with a number of notable commissions. He has now become an honorary member of the Penwith Society of Artists in Cornwall and works exclusively in bronze. He lives and works on the Cornwall/Devon border near Launceton.