For Michael James Talbot, sculpting is a passion and has consumed his life since first studying the art in the late 1970’s.
Michael James Talbot working on Cortigiana
“Sculpture for me, is essentially a theatrical construction, an attempt to show and illuminate a chosen moment in time. I like to give my sculptures choreography of form, tension and balance, to lead the eye and capture a moment in time. Sometimes I work with the fragment form rather than an entire figure, this is a favourite artistic device, often inspired by shadows of the model on the studio wall – because sometimes, less is more.”
M. J. Talbot
Michael James Talbot is a British sculptor, born in Staffordshire in the north of England in 1959. After completing a BA honours degree in Sculpture, he gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for post graduate study in 1980, winning the coveted Landseer prize in 1983. He studied further at The Sir Henry Doulton Sculpture School under Colin Melbourne ARCA and Dame Elizabeth Frink RA.
Michael was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1997. He was elected a member of the National Sculpture Society (USA) in 2012. The inspiration for Talbot`s work has always been the human form and its dramatic poetry. It is this, together with his exquisite skills that make his work so individual, intricate and beautiful.
The Emergent Collection
The key to this unique collection of sculptures is know that each figure in the Emergent Collection is first fully sculpted in the round to an advanced and detailed level. Michael fixes the pose gesture and anatomy in the knowledge that half the features will be lost with the addition of the flat plains.
By adding, I take away, in doing so I’m saying “this aspect is important and this aspect can fade”. As so often in art, less is more.
Michael Talbot is collaborating with The Royal Ballet on the creation of the ‘Royal Ballet Collection’ – a series of sculptures inspired by dance and the dancers of the Company. The first piece in the series, a portrait of Principal dancer, Edward Watson in rehearsal, was completed in December 2014. The latest piece, Juliet was recently completed in October 2015. Michael is working with Principal dancer Lauren Cuthbertson on the fourth piece in the series now, and the collection is to be officially launched in January 2016.
This project is the beginning of a dialogue between sculpture and dance that allows me to work with artists of the highest calibre from The Royal Ballet.