TROPHIES by James Webster is a series of anatomically correct porcelain sculptures of animal skulls with their vertebrae resting on a concrete and metal plinth. With collectors including the Tomasso Brothers, Galerie Chenel and Damien Hirst's company Murderme, Trophies has received great success in Madrid, Paris, Brussels and London.
Inspired by his childhood and an obsession for collecting bones and skulls found in the countryside or in the slaughter house of the surrounding farms, James Webster pushed himself to portray his subjects as accurately as possible. He choses to work with porcelain, a noble and fragile material, to accentuate the preciousness of nature's balance. Fascinated by Egyptian Art, James imagines all the animals he sculpts in the position of the Great Sphinx of Giza and they stand as monuments together, reminiscent of temple guardians in ancient Egypt – and an era of lost, collectible idols.
James Webster received a classical training in sculpture in Florence, Italy, where he worked as an apprentice to the artist, Marianne Luchetti. Upon his return to the UK, he marked a detachment from these classical roots with the inauguration of his first solo exhibition of contemporary sculpture at the Rivington Gallery (London) in 2008. This was followed by a move to the rural isolation of Suffolk, Webster’s native region, enabling him to focus on developing his technique in ceramics. Impassioned by the study of anatomy, his work explores the limits of both his subject matter and his craft.
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