At an early age Richard W. Boardman was exposed to the rich use of animal imagery in Russian folk stories. His main interest continues to be in animal forms some of which combine mythical elements. Intrinsic to every work is his own highly developed sense of aesthetics and humour. Whether it be sculpture or illustration all generate from pencil and or pen & ink drawings which are the key and starting point for all his ideas. From these drawings the sculptures are built up in wax. When the form meets with his exacting approval these are then cast in bronze, by the Bronzarte Foundry, in Pietrasanta, Italy. Small sculpture projects are realised in silver. Other ideas appear in illustrations which often contain strong architectural elements and further ideas are developed into illustrated stories in book form. Many of these illustrations either in pencil or pen & ink are scanned and coloured digitally.

Some of RwB’s inspirations such as the siren, a fox, an elephant, a gecko, the sphinx and other creations are all inspired from - a night at the theatre - a visit to the circus - a beach in Mauritius - a surprise trip to Egypt. A meticulous standard of observation combined with a sense of fun gives life to daydreams and creates a unique world populated by special creatures.

Richard W. Boardman attended Colchester School of Art and Central School of Art & Design London.

All sculptures are limited editions. RwB©2010 - all rights reserved. reproduction or unauthorised use of images is prohibited

photograph: RwB Lucca 2010