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Jane Robbins Portrait and Figurative Sculptor. Before becoming a portrait & figurative sculptor, I grew up in a large show business family in Merseyside so I naturally progressed into working in theatre as a prop maker and scenic artist. After completing my training at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, I worked professionally for many years in theatre and television sculpting and painting sets from fake heads to polystyrene gargoyles. I later trained at Stafford Art College in traditional figurative sculpture. I continue to work occasionally in television prop and scene departments (recent projects include making props for BBC's In The Night Garden), however I now mostly specialise in portrait sculpture from my studio in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
I have been commissioned to sculpt famous names including. The late gardener Percy Thrower, Linda McCartney, the cartoon character Andy Capp, The Queen Mother and Steeplejack Fred Dibnah and my smaller bronze limited edition bronzes are sold through a gallery in Shropshire and London.
I have taught sculpture to special needs students within school settings and worked with the charity "Saving Faces", set up to support facially disfigured patients in hospital.
Ice Angel - Acrylic Resin
Ice Angel - 58 cm long - acrylic resin
Kneeling Water Angel
Sir George Martin - Bronze Bust
Commissioning a sculpture - the process
Portrait sculptures can be sculpted from life, with a sitting at my studio or at a clients home, or even from photos if time is short or the piece is posthumous. When the clay bust or figure is finished the client can be shown a photo or call and see the piece (images can be emailed if a client chooses). When they are satisfied, casting into bronze takes place at Castle Fine Art Foundry, near Oswestry. If a budget doesn't run to a bronze, other mediums can be used to cast the finished piece ie: reconstituted stone, concrete, plaster and resin fiberglass. The whole process from start to finish takes approximately 2 months (longer for a larger statue).
Many clients prefer to pay in installments, with a third paid when the work starts, a third when you are happy with the clay sculpture, and a final third on delivery of the finished piece.
What will commissioning a sculpture cost?
A life size portrait bust in bronze costs around £5000 and other mediums vary in price and start from approximately £1000. A life size figure in bronze costs in the region of £15,000 to £20,000. An 8ft bronze statue costs in the region of £40 to £50,000.
If you are interested in talking to me about commissioning a sculpture, contact me via the website .
Jane Robbins Portrait and Figurative Sculptor - Gallery 1 of items for sale
Jane Robbins Portrait and Figurative Sculptor - Gallery 2 of items for sale
Jane will be exhibiting at Showborough House from 2nd May to 16th June 2013
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