SUSSEX-based sculptor Alexandra Beale is one of the artists who will be exhibiting at Meridian FM’s first ever Art Souffle Festival at Kingscote Vineyard for ten days from 23 September.
Creating both representative and semi-abstracted pieces, Alexandra is becoming increasingly renowned for her elegant portrayals in 3D.
Working initially in clay, her final sculptures are cast into bronze, and bronze resin, and range from full size statuary and garden water features, to portrait heads and composition pieces.
She has been sculpting for 25 years and continues to advance her professional practice by attending master classes at The Royal Society of Portraiture, whilst also teaching.
Alexandra’s figurative works emphasise a moment in the life of the sitter – capturing not only their characteristics, but also their personality.
‘Clay allows me to convey the character of my subject, moment by moment, so that each individual piece is intuitive and immediate,’ said Alexandra, who sees her work as a ‘sketch in clay’.
Her more abstracted pieces may deviate from the original clay maquette as her creative process is free and unrestricted, with evolving design elements being used to further enhance and celebrate the beauty of form.
Alexandra’s sculptures effectively portray the transient present with the artist’s hand visible in each unique work, creating timeless heirlooms for generations to come. Several of Alexandra’s works are in international private collections, including a 6ft bronze water feature of the water nymph Ondine displayed on the terrace at the Royal Automobile Club in St James’s, London.
In 2013 she was commissioned to design and cast a bust of Bruce McLaren – to commemorate him as the founding member of the McLaren Formula 1 racing team – which was unveiled at the 50th Anniversary dinner.
Alexandra has exhibited widely around the UK, including at Holy Trinity Art and Crafts Guild, Sloane Square; Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth University; The Wimbledon Fine Arts Gallery; The Old Bakehouse, West Sussex; Langham Fine Arts, Suffolk and Pashley Manor, as well as at many of the country’s prestigious shows including Chelsea, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Hampton Court, Stansted, West Dean, Parham and The Old Town Hall Chelsea.
She is based in West Sussex, and continues to work from commission as well as on her own unique designs. Studio visits can be arranged by appointment.