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ROYAL ASCOT 2021

Featured Works for Ascot 2021

It’s a great honour to be asked by Ascot to provide work for the Royal enclosure gardens and this year’s planned showing is an exciting mix of styles and approach from the very best in British sculpture.  All the works are available for you own, do get in touch for details or to arrange a viewing.

Nicola Toms - Horse Studies with Muse. The Sculpture Company

The Young Mozart
by Philip Jackson CVO
Height 185cm
Bronze World Edition of 2

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Ammonite Cretaceous
by Hamish Mackie
Height 265cm
Bronze World Edition of 9

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The Monumental Harris Hawk
by Geoffrey Dashwood
Height 325cm
Bronze Word Edition of 6

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Electric Blue Hare
by Jane Shaw
Height 71cm, length 176cm
Bronze World Edition of 8
Also available in resin
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Sculpture in the Royal Enclosure Gardens
Royal Ascot Sculpture Gallery

We are honoured and delighted to yet again present the very best in British sculpture at the very finest British event.

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Geoffrey Dashwood

Geoffrey Dashwood was born in Hampshire, England in 1947. At the age of fifteen he won a scholarship to study fine art at Southampton College of Art, but left after a brief period, preferring to study directly from nature. He worked in varied occupations to support himself and experimented in various art mediums and techniques in his spare time. His last employment was with the Forestry Commission, engaged as a keeper in the New Forest, where he also became the unofficial artist in residence for his employers. Dashwood left the Forestry Commission in his mid-twenties to pursue a freelance career in art and soon received commissions for illustrations and design work, whilst concurrently drawing and painting independently.

In the 1980s Dashwood discovered a gift and a passion for sculpture. His earliest works were small, highly realistic studies in the mainstream of traditional English wildlife art and comparable in style to the famous 19th century French Animalier School of Sculpture. Although these early works brought him commercial success, he became increasingly dissatisfied with the constraints of realism and the lack of personal expression the genre afforded him.

Dashwood started to experiment with larger life-size and monumental works and began to eliminate all superfluous details, creating boldly modelled pieces. He refined his sculptures to attain smooth, tactile, pure forms, further enhanced in bronze by the application of coloured and multi-coloured patinas. In these sculptures he combined his own aesthetic ideals, establishing a distinctive style which is now internationally recognised as being quintessentially Dashwood.

Although his body of work can be classified within the wildlife art genre it is generally considered by many to transcend the subject matter and has also firmly established acceptance within the wider field of contemporary art. His affinity for and empathy with birds and his unique ability to express these emotions to others through his sculpture is undisputed. Dashwood’s work is exhibited and collected worldwide.

Geoffrey Dashwood’s works are held in the finest public and private collections around the world, and can be viewed with Muse Sculpture Co Luckman Park, Wiltshire, and at major art and decorative fairs.

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Hamish Mackie

Hamish Mackie‘s early years were spent on the family farm in Cornwall where from an early age he was tasked with many of the farm duties, including looking after the livestock.

Whilst schooling at Radley College his sculpture teacher acknowledged and encouraged Mackie’s strength in capturing the dynamic animal form. Mackie made his first sale during his A-level show: two clay lambs for £50 to a family friend. There followed studies at Falmouth and Kingston College

After university, Mackie travelled extensively in Africa, and in 1995 he took a job in a hunting camp in Zimbabwe. He observed how environment impacts character, particularly the distinction between a wild animal and one in captivity. Face to face with African wildlife, the urge to sculpt overcame him and he created a cheetah head out of beeswax and paraffin.

Mackie returned to the UK determined to sculpt full-time. He was accepted into the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition followed by his first solo show with Fanshawe Somerset, London. Several successful solo shows followed.

Mackie's world renowned animal sculptures are distinctive for a highly accurate anatomical core covered by a loose, almost impressionistic skin. He is capable of turning his hand to almost any creature, as his extensive range of work reveals.   

This loose style allows him to highlight the differences in, for instance muscle groups, hair texture and even capture character via a careful working of eyes, nose and other defining features His sculpting style is underpinned by a striking sympathy with animal kind. He says, "Having spent so much time studying wildlife in its natural environment, I've developed a true understanding of animal behaviour; Indeed, when in the field in places like Africa and Antarctica, as well as his camera, he will also take plasticine with him.

This sculpture is Hamish’s interpretation of a Cretaceous Ammonite fossil and is part of a series of works based on man’s fascination with found objects and the past. One can imagine how early man would have starred in fascination at these fossils. His first fossilised Crustacean, based on a bivalve, was exhibited at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1999.

Hamish Mackie’s works are held in the finest public and private collections around the world, and can be viewed with Muse Sculpture Co Luckman Park, Wiltshire, and at major art and decorative fairs.

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Philip Jackson CVO

Philip Jackson lives and works in West Sussex where he divides his time between producing gallery sculpture and public commissions. He has recently completed a major sculpture which is the central feature of a memorial to the 55,500 men of Bomber Command that died during World War II. It was unveiled in Green Park, London, on 28th June 2012 by HM The Queen.

Philip Jackson’s gallery works have the ability to convey the human condition through the skilful use of body language. Whether with robed, masked or faceless figures reminiscent of 18th century Venetian procurators, graceful, delicately poised works such as Saraband, or the prestigious, figuratively detailed monumental public social figures for which he is often commissioned, Philip Jackson’s work moves people. Imposing and operatic both in narrative and in their presence, Jackson’s works are powerful and beautifully sculpted.

Hauntingly elegant or theatrically enigmatic, individually or cloistered together, the meticulously precise posturing of the work creates an overwhelming sense of drama from which emanates highly charged emotions, secrets, conspiracies and intrigues.

Philip Jackson has produced some of Britain’s best known public sculptures including the figure of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother for her National Monument in The Mall, which was unveiled by HM The Queen in 2009. Amongst his other works in London are The Gurkha Monument in Horse Guards Avenue, The Young Mozart in Orange Square, The In-Pensioner outside the Royal Hospital, Chelsea and the giant figure of Bobby Moore in front of Wembley Stadium. Works outside of London include the equestrian sculpture of HM The Queen in Windsor Great Park, the Falklands War sculpture for the Royal Marines at Portsmouth, St Richard outside Chichester Cathedral, Constantine the Great at York Minster and also Empress Elizabeth of Austria in Geneva.

Philip Jackson’s works are held in the finest public and private collections around the world, and can be viewed with Muse Sculpture Company Luckman Park, Wiltshire, and at major art and decorative fairs.


Recent Current Works
Mahatma Gandhi, ParliamentSquare, London

The Bomber Command Memorial Sculpture, Green Park, London. A group of seven figures, depicting the crew of a Heavy Bomber.

The Young Mozart bronze is the only known copy of the monument in Orange sq. Belgravia, commissioned to commemorate Mozart’s bi-centenary, unveiled in 1994 by HRH Princess Margaret. 

His works are held in the finest public and private collections around the world, and can be viewed with Muse Sculpture Co at Luckman Park, Wiltshire or at major art and decorative fairs.

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Jane Shaw

Her love of sculpture began when she was at school in Gloucestershire where she was very fortunate to have a great sculpture teacher, who saved her from the hot-house of academia and has been a great inspiration even to this day!  After completing a degree in History of Art at Manchester University, Jane spent her early career with a London firm of Fine Art Valuers and Consultants travelling and living abroad before returning to London to set up and run a recruitment company, which she then sold after a decade.

On moving to Dorset in 2013, she revived her love for sculpture inspired by her life long interest in wildlife, and the outdoors.  Jane is passionate about capturing the overall emotion and movement of animals and wildlife in her bronze sculptures. Her focus is to portray the character and emotion of each individual animal by using fluid, spontaneous and strong gestural strokes in any material she uses.  Jane does not shy away from the ugly –  as she says: ‘Ugly is beautiful’ and can create a statement of feeling through any subject she chooses, whether wildlife, domestic animals, equestrian or figurative.  Often working directly from life, she produces bronzes for both inside the home as well as garden pieces on a larger scale.

Jane’s total passion for her work, has led her to win several sculpture awards, and continues with her own sculpture projects alongside commissions,  mainly focusing on wildlife and animals.  Jane Shaw’s works are held in the finest public and private collections around the world, and can be viewed with Muse Sculpture Co Luckman Park, Wiltshire, and at major art and decorative fairs.

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