Sculpture in St Mawes: Carving Out a Place for Sculpture Art in Your Home

The word ‘sculpture’ usually summons images of marble busts strewn around grand 10-bedroom houses surrounded by acres of land or an abstract hallway adornment in a swanky Manhattan penthouse apartment. It is often thought that sculptures are reserved for only the rich with considerable disposable income.


Many years ago, this generally was the case. Sculpture was a way for those high in society, the rich, famous or heroic, to preserve their names and keep a page in the history books. Sculpture as an art form predates the ancient Greeks but the medium has evolved dramatically and is now a million miles away from static philosophers peering pensively into the distance. Sculpture in its many forms can of course be found in those stately country homes but also in small studio apartments and suburban family friendly 3-bed semis.


The work of French artist, François-Auguste-René Rodin is seen as the critical turning point in the development of modern sculpture. Although they were criticized during his lifetime, Rodin’s most original sculptures strayed from traditional themes of history and mythology and instead celebrated physicality and individual character, making sculpture an art form in its own right.


Where Rodin lead, others followed. Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti helped to change the perception of sculpture and turned it into an abstract art form, allowing artists free reign to create from their heart and not be restricted by historical reference.


As sculptures now take on many forms and come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges it can be overwhelming when trying to decide which piece or even which style to use in which room, but we're here to help.

David Meredith

Traditional Sculpture


Traditional sculptures, figures and busts naturally work well in a traditional styled home. Their historic references reflect the style of the interior and help define the era in which the house was built. Although it may be unusual to see a large marble bust anywhere other than a grand manor house, smaller less conspicuous models of the human form, soldiers from a bygone era or animals such as horses would all compliment a traditional interior.


David Meredith draws inspiration from nature and creates stunning traditional sculptures of animals such as his otters, snails and many birds. His creations, with such beautiful attention to detail, would look perfect both inside and in the garden of a traditionally styled home.


Conceptual Sculpture


This notorious form is often intentionally provocative, challenging and accompanied by the phrase “I could’ve done that”. If a sculpture leaves the viewer somewhat perplexed it is more than likely conceptual. That is not to say that conceptual sculptures are less worthy than other forms. Some may feel that they seem simple to create or find it hard to understand why they are ‘art’ but more than any other type, conceptual sculptures will get people talking and never be boring. A conceptual sculpture would be at home in a more modern setting against a simple white backdrop with space to breathe and be observed.

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richard holliday

Abstract Sculpture


A very popular form of sculpture is abstract. Mainly created by combining shapes and distorted forms, abstract sculpture can lend itself to practically any setting. Due to its hugely varied range in shape and size it would look at home in more traditional interiors through to minimalist modern style homes.


Richard Holliday creates wonderful stone sculptures by hand. His work has had many subjects, autobiographical, society and also life abstracted. Any of his dynamic pieces would complement a modern interior. However, a number of his sculptures would also work in a traditional setting when paired with the right colour scheme and a carefully chosen unfussy backdrop such as neutral wall coverings and subtle patterns in soft furnishings.


Although some styles of sculpture obviously suit some interiors, having a mix in your home can be visually stimulating. When worked together as a gallery wall or display contrasting forms can in fact compliment each other very well.