Michael James Talbot
Born in Staffordshire in 1959, Michael’s initial fascination with clay began with studio pottery at art school. This, combined with his understanding of human figure dynamics developed in the life drawing class, combined to set him on his creative path and a lifelong study of the figurative image.
After completing a BA Hons degree in Sculpture, he gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools London for post graduate study in 1980, winning the Landseer prize in 1983. He studied further at The Sir Henry Doulton Sculpture School under Colin Melbourne ARCA and Dame Elizabeth Frink RA. Michael was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1997.
The inspiration for Michael`s work has always been the human form and its dramatic poetry. It is this together with his exquisite skills that make his work so individual, intricate and beautiful. Michael creates the original clay sculpture which he casts into bronze, uniquely finishing and patinating each sculpture. This process is wholly under his control allowing him to enhance and refine the final image. The wonder and fascination of sculpture is its ability to be a solid form that can be seen, touched and walked around and yet remain an object of pure spirit.
Michael’s sculpture is in public and private collections throughout the world including: Patrick Lichfield, former chairman of the arts council Lord Gibson and the Nat West Bank.