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Sculptor James Matthews BA (Hons)
James Matthews

About James Matthews

James Matthews comes from a family with a rich sculptural history. He grew up in an environment of traditional figurative art and was captivated by the drawings and bronze sculptures that surrounded him. His grandfather John F. Matthews was a prominent sculptor in the 1950?s and exhibited at the 1951 Festival of Britain alongside Dobson, Epstein, Moore and other renowned sculptors of the time. James`s father Nicholas is also a figurative sculptor and letter-carver. He lives in France where he runs his own gallery. James studied under the tutelage of sculptor Allan Sly at Wimbledon School of Art, where he discovered his passion for portrait sculpture. He hopes his work will contribute to preserving this ancient and diminishing art form. James uses the traditional technique of modelling the subject in clay from both life sittings and photographs; the finished clay portraits are moulded and cast in bronze using the lost wax process. Portrait sculpture has an incredible presence; James`s portraits capture likeness and character in a manner unparalleled by photography. He is happy in the knowledge that over time his sculpted portraits will become uniquely treasured family heirlooms, which constantly provide a very direct link with the past. James has two portraits sculpted by his grandfather. One is of his great grandfather and the other is of himself as a small boy. They are two of the most precious objects he owns.

Exhibition History of James Matthews


Private commissions including Simon Callow

The Society of Portrait Sculptors annual exhibition
The Royal Society of Marine Artists, Mall Galleries, London
The Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, Mall Galleries

Work exhibited at:
The Cadogan Hotel, Sloane Street, London
The Pullman Hotel St. Pancras, London

2011 - 2012

Private commissions including Gyles Brandreth, Nicholas Parsons, Ardal O`Hanlon and Mark Gatiss
Selected portraits shown at the Society of Portrait Sculptors annual exhibition


Ongoing - The Biscuit Factory
Oriel Plas Gallery
New City Gallery


Ongoing - The Biscuit Factory
Calder Gallery
Anstey Galleries
Oriel Plas Gallery
New City Gallery

December - Victoria Fearn Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
August - Alexander Llewellyn Gallery, Waterloo, London
January - The Fountain Gallery, Hampton Court, Surrey


December - Caf? Gallery Annual Open, Southwark Park, London
November - Greyfriars Art Space, King?s Lynn, Norfolk
October - Morley Gallery, Westminster Bridge Rd, London
October - Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre, North Wales
August - Victoria Fearn Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
May - Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
May - Anstey Galleries, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
May - New City Gallery, Borough High Street, London
May - The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
March - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London (represented by Hicks Gallery)
February - Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon, London


December - Caf? Gallery Annual Open, Southwark Park, London
November - Limehouse Gallery, Limehouse, London
October - The Hawker Gallery, Amersham, Bucks
June - The Arts Club, Dover Street, London
May - Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks


October - Logis de Logerie, Rouillac, France.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by James Matthews

James’s notable sitters have included Gyles Brandreth, Ardal O’Hanlon, Nicholas Parsons, Mark Gatiss, Martin Jarvis and Simon Callow.

Qualifications / Education of James Matthews

2001-2004 - Wimbledon School of Art, Technical Arts Interpretation B.A. (Hons)

2000-2001 - University of Gloucestershire, Dip. H. E. Foundation Course.

Price Range of Work

James Matthews's work has a price range from £900 to £5,000

Mediums utilised

James Matthews's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

James Matthews's work is found in the following categories on site:
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue (8)
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures (7)
Literary and Musical Characters Sculptures (5)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (5)
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures (3)
Nudes, Female Sculptures (3)
Human Figurative Sculptures (3)
Little Small Nude or Naked Girls Women Ladies Females Sculpture Statue statuettes Figurines (3)
Caricature Sculptures Statues statuettes (3)
Mask, Wall Hung Faces and Part Heads (3)
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues (3)
Fruit Sculpture (2)
Outsize, Very Big, Extra Large and Massive Sculptures (2)
Varietal cross section of Floral, Fruit and Plantlife Sculpture (2)
Outsize Big Large Fruit Flower Plant sculpture statue statuaryGarden Ornament (2)
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (2)
Vegetable Sculptures / Statues / statuettes (2)
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture (2)
Contemplative, Restful, Thougtful Sculptures (2)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (2)
Children Child Babies Infants Toddlers Kids Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (2)
Stylized People Sculptures
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine
High Relief or Haute Relief Carving Sculpture Wall Panel casting in Bronze / Copper
Historical Character Statues / Sculptures
Plaques, Medals, Medalions, Coins, Tokens, Commemorative Customised Commission or Bespoke
Celebrity and Star Sculptures
Mounted Heads, Masks, Wall Mounted Busts of Animals
Meditation sculpture / Statues / statuettes / figurines
Sadness Anxiety Remorse Grief Sculptures Statues
Famous People Sculptures Statues
Nude sculpture statue statuette Figurine Ornament
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