David has used his experience gained through years of studying and sculpting the human form to create characters from an unseen world of fairies, mermaids, goblins and elves. Using bronze in the ‘lost wax’ method of casting he endeavours to make his delightful characters as believable as possible.
Born in Oxford in 1966, David grew up in Leek, Staffordshire, just north of Stoke on Trent. In 1988 David became a portrait sculptor at the London Studios of Madame Tussauds. At twenty-one he was the youngest sculptor ever to have been offered such a position and in his six years with Tussauds he was able to travel the world for sittings with many famous figures. Some of his most notable works for Tussauds include Freddie Mercury, Joan Collins, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Ronald Reagan and Yasser Arafat.
In 1994 David became a freelance sculptor, taking on private commissions and exhibiting his own work. The following year he produced the ‘Snailmaker’, the first piece in what would later become the goblin collection, which was introduced to the public eye at the Chelsea Flower Show of that year.
David has since returned to Oxford, where he now lives and works with his wife Jo, twin sons Jake and Harry and daughter Isabel (after whom ‘Isabel’s Goblin’ was named).
David muses ‘I feel extremely fortunate to be able to spend my days creating works of art. Each sculpture has given me great pleasure. Not only the pleasure of the creating process itself but also the pleasure of witnessing the reactions of people of all ages when they encounter my work.’