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Sculptor brings his magic to Puzzlewood


A Herefordshire sculptor is celebrating after winning a prestigious commission to create a wooden angel for the National Trust, which will be displayed at one of its properties.

Ed Elliott, who specialises in life-size mystical figures, was commissioned by the Trust – the UK’s biggest landowner – to provide the piece for an exhibition at the Mottisfont estate in Hampshire next month (NOVEMBER).

He was one of nine successful artists who won £250 and had materials supplied to create a figure for the Angels exhibition which will be running during the winter.

This is the second high-profile exhibition Mr Elliott, 26, will be taking part in over the coming months.

His figures will also be open to view at Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean, the ancient woodland which is open to the public and has become a popular location for TV and film sets.

There he has created a sculpture trail of exhibits to be set amongst the trees for Puzzlewood’s Halloween celebrations which take place between October 21 and 31.

“To be able to exhibit at one of these top quality locations is really great, but to be displaying my work at both is fantastic,” said Mr Elliott, who lives at Tarrington, between Hereford and Ledbury.

The opening of my new studio could not have come at a better time – it really feels like I am taking a massive step forward.

“Both Mottisfont and Puzzlewood are ideal environments in which to exhibit the sculptures.

“Working figuratively was originally inspired by mythology and folklore, but recently my sculptures have tended to relate to aspects of the human consciousness with the aim to prompt a specific reaction. Placement is key for experiencing the work.”

Mr Elliott has had a fascination with art since he was a young boy when drawing was a favourite pastime".

After completing a foundation course at the University of Gloucestershire, he achieved an honours degree in Fine Art, specialising in Sculpture at Cardiff School of Art & Design.

His new studio is at the Trumpet Corner, just outside Ledbury, and it is now open to the public.

Explore Gloucestershire
5 October 2011

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