Gudgeon sculpts primarily in bronze, and occasionally in marble, granite, glass or stainless steel. For the modeling of the form, he uses a number of different materials, depending on the nature and scale of the subject – terracotta clay, oil-based Chavant clay, epoxy resin or foam. Working directly from nature and live subjects, he crafts sculptures that share an elemental kinship of identity with all living things. He is particularly known for his sculptures of birds in flight, often with ingeniously engineered bases that seem to launch them into the air rather than anchor them to the ground. Trips to Africa, Asia and Australasia have enabled Gudgeon to broaden his subject matter and experiment with a variety of styles and methods.

His pared-down approach to sculpture embodies the flowing line of the skeleton, turning it into ‘something abstract, taking away more and more information, but … maintaining the inherent tactile core, so the form is still identifiable’. Using the smallest of details, such as the arching of a neck, he suggests rather than depicts a bird or mammal. In 2009, Gudgeon’s sculpture Isis was installed in Hyde Park, London, the first such installation there for over 50 years. With the support of Halcyon Gallery and the artist, the Isis project has raised more than £1.4 million for The Royal Parks Foundation to fund a new, environmentally friendly children’s education centre – The Look Out – in the heart of the park. HRH the Prince of Wales was presented with an Isis sculpture in 2011, which is proudly displayed in the family’s Japanese gardens at Highgrove House, their private residence in Gloucestershire.

Gudgeon was selected as the Featured Artist for the 2010 Western Visions exhibition at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In 2010, he also exhibited his work in numerous shows including Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, and Art and the Animal, the fiftieth anniversary exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, at the San Diego Natural History Museum, California. In July 2012, Gudgeon will unveil Isis at America’s National Museum of Wildlife Art, located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. While staying in America, he will also take up a short term artist’s residency with the Museum.