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Jan Bruce

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Jan Bruce Sculpture

'Shared Thought', Portland stone

'Love', Portland stone

'Hug no.2', Portland stone

'One', Portland stone

'Small Hug', Soapstone

'Family no.2' Portland stone

'Small Hug', Portland stone


How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

Stonecarving is in my blood. Having started stonecarving aged 14, I went on to study sculpture at degree level and then joined the Bristol Sculpture Shed in 1990. After a number of productive years as a young sculptor, life diverted me onto a different course, but I am finally back where I belong, hammer and chisel in hand. Sculpting feels as natural as breathing to me, and is the best way I can converse with the world.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I have experimented with various styles over the years, and am currently developing a distinctive sculptural language which allows me to express the emotions that drive me. It's important to me that I can feel an emotional connection to the forms I create. The themes are mainly figurative, but with varying degrees of semi-abstraction and flowing, geometric form. I try to portray universally relatable emotions that can connect with the viewer.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Jan Bruce is a contemporary stone sculptor based in the west highlands of Herefordshire

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

As well as offering work for sale through galleries and direct sales, I am always happy to undertake bespoke commissioned pieces. Any size considered, for indoors or out.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

1986-'87 - Art Foundation studies, Bristol Polytechnic.
1987-'90 - Sculpture Degree, Brighton polytechnic.
1990-'91 - Stonemasonry subcontractor.
1991-'93 - Self-employed sculptor, Bristol sculpture Shed.
1993-2003 - Product designer and mould-maker, Limbs & Things Ltd.
2003-'06 - Self-employed product designer.
2023-... - Self employed sculptor.
2024 - H.art prizewinner.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

2024 - Craft Gallery, Hereford - Spring exhibition. 16/2/24 - 11/5/24

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Spring Exhibition, Craft Gallery, Hereford, 16/2/24 - 11/5/24.
Bluestone Gallery, Hay-on-Wye, from mid-April 2024
Hay Castle Craft Fair, Hay-on-Wye Castle lawn, 25th - 27th May 2024.
H.art Prizewinners Exhibition, Craft Gallery, Hereford, throughout September 2024.

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