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More about Deborah
Deborah was born in Yorkshire. She is a contemporary sculptor who specialises in stone. Her stone carving uses a technique called 'Carving Direct' which was used by Henry Moore and Michaelangelo. As Deborah carves she 'reaches a skin' after which she describes the sculpture taking on a life of its own.
After discovering the art of sculpting she Studied Fine Art and Stone Masonry. Deborah works in a wide variety of stones including Limestones, Alabasters through to Marble and also works in metal. Her work is a unique combination of traditional and abstract forms.
She is a founder member of the Cotswold Sculptors Association and 'Inside Out', a Gloucester Group of artists who explore spirituality through art.
Her work has appeared in The Metro, Stone Magazine and many local publications. She has been interviewed on Radio Gloucestershire on four occasions about a series of Portland Carvings called, 'The Testimony of The Dispossessed' which highlights issues such as sex trafficking, depression, body image, addiction and the oppression of the poor.
Deborah enjoys working collaboratively with organisations to raise access to the arts in the community and recently worked with Matson doing school carving workshops and exhibitions. She has exhibited widely in Gloucestershire on the local art trails and in Gloucester Cathedral, Norfolk Cathedral and St Stephens Walbrook in London and in the prestigious Royal Opera Arcade gallery on Pall Mall. Her work can be seen at the Creates Gallery in Monmouth and at City Works in Gloucester.
She runs 3D sculpting courses at her workshop at the City Works. Deborah takes sculpting commissions from private, public and corporate clients.
Here are some responses to Deborah's sculptures:
Debs worked on ‘Eve’ for me when I was going through a very difficult time. After my first husband, Rob Frost, died I was trying to work out what I should do - and more importantly who I was. This sculpture was prophetic - as the person Eve pushes her way out of the formless stone - I too had to learn to emerge from the chaos that life had become. Jacqui
Heart's desire is made from a beautiful red stone and I feel the couple depicted represent unity and strength. The male figure being very protective of the female and his child. Protectiveness, strength and contentment radiate from the sculpture. It will always hold a special place in my heart...it is a very special blessing connected with marriage and children. Rachel
A beautifully tactile owl with a very cheeky wink. She has been very sympathetically carved to take full advantage of the naturally occurring colours and tones in the alabaster stone - a perfect choice as these tonal variations give the impression of the owls feathers. Thanks Debs it's perfect. Shiela