Dr Kevin Blockley
Kevin is a Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. His early work was influenced by his archaeological excavations in several English and Welsh Cathedrals, progressing through an exploration of geological, geometric and nautical forms, and developing over recent years with sculptures based on diatoms, plankton and pollen - art of the invisible. Recent forms include large sculptures in Carrara marble, Iranian Onyx and Sandstone from the Forest of Dean. Biography I have been carving stone for 20 years and was originally influenced by the medieval sculptures that surrounded me in my work (I am a Cathedrals Archaeologist). I am largely self-taught, with some training in a marble studio in Pietrasanta, Italy in 2012. Sculptors that have influenced my work include the Rumanian sculptor, Constantine Brancusi and Japanese sculptor Kan Yasuda. I particularly like the contemplative quality of their work. Much of my early work was totally hand-carved, but now that I am working on large pieces of marble and sandstone (up to 5 tons in weight) I use both electric and compressed air tools for the roughing out stage, but still enjoy the more meditative hand finishing and sanding stages. Over the last few years I have concentrated on forms influenced by microscopic organisms (such as diatoms) and pollen grains. I am current researching ideas for sculptures influenced by the cosmos, dark matter and quantum physics.