Curriculum Vitae

'Predatory Pike' - print

1950 Born in Watford, England

1969-1972 Exeter College of Art, B.A. Sculpture

1972-1974 Started small business making museum replicas, garden statuary, etc, in G.R.P., and developed skills in mould-making using various new materials.

Concession for “Flying Horse of Kansu”, and others, at the Royal Academy Chinese Art Exhibition. Tutankhamen Exhibition.

1974-1983 Worked with important Jewish-American artist Leonard Baskin in England and America as sculpture technician fulfilling several major commissions in a variety of media.

1979-1990 Printed several limited editions of books for Baskin’s Gehenna Press, including “A Primer of Birds” by Ted Hughes, “Unknown Dutch Artists”, “Diptera”, “Iconus”, “Irises”, and others, mostly using etchings or woodcuts for illustration, and setting and printing all type by hand.

1980 Started the Chevington Press and published “The Diary and Observations of a Tench Fisher”. 14 etchings and text by the artist, 50 copies.

1981 Published “The Art of Trout Fishing on the Rapid Streams”. Octavo. 6 etchings with woodcut colour, by H.C. Cutcliffe revised by the artist. 50 copies. This book was chosen by the Guild of Book Workers in the U.S.A. for their bi-annual binding competition, subsequently exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Prizewinner H.T.V. /Brewhouse Open with “Pike”.

1983 Elected Associate member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. Artist in residence at Pen-coed, one of the first artists selected for the South East Wales Arts Association programme of residencies.

1984 Published “The Sporting Fishes of the British Isles”. Half Folio, 20 etchings. 100 copies.

Crafts Council grant for typography.

1989 Published “Some Trout”. Half Folio. 12 etchings. 75 copies.

1987-1988 Joined Heritage Projects as a figurative sculptor, making figures and props for “The Oxford Story”, “The Canterbury Tales”, and others.

Figures and scenics for St Mary’s Gallery at the Yorkshire Museum.

1988-2001 Founder member of the “Compleat Works” partnership, originally four parters but three from 1992, a scenic arts design and build company constructing scenic interiors and life size, individually sculptured figures, animals, props, etc for the museums sector. As the sculptor Bob was responsible for all the figurative work.

Figures and scenics for:

“The Weymouth Timewalk”; 27 sets, 36 figures, 2 horses, props, light and sound.

“The White Cliffs Experience”, Dover; 3 sets including seascape with Roman Galley, 15 figures, 1 horse, props.

“Art on Tyneside”, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle on Tyne; 5 sets, 4 figures.

Holywell Visitor Centre, North Wales; 2 figures.

“Museum of Science and Industry”, Manchester; 2 figures.

“Rural Life Museum”, Kent; Darling Buds of May sets.

“Castle Museum”, York; figures and horse.

“Transport Museum”, Hull; 4 figures, scenics, over 4 phases.

“Celtic World”, Hull; trees, horses, props.

“Catalyst”, Widnes; figures and scenics.

“Callendar House”, Falkirk; 6 figures, tomb restoration, scenic shop fronts.

“And Ships were Born”, Sunderland Museum and Library; 5 figures, 2 ships.

Epping Forest Visitor Centre.

Hampstead Heath Visitor Centre.

HMS Belfast; 75 Figures, props.

“Grammar School”, Hull; award winning children’s area, figures and props.

“Killhope Lead Mine”, Weardale; 3 figures, underground construction of entire lead mine.

Hawes Museum; lead mine.

“Rhythm of Rum” distillery tour, St Lucia, WI; 6 sets including Carnival Experience, 12 figures, graphics, lights, sound, props.

“Greenfield Valley”, North Wales; figures.

“Captain Cook Birthplace Museum”; 5 figures, scenics and props.

Alnwick Castle; 6 figures.

And many more.

With the advent of the Lottery Fund the museum sector changed hands and Compleat Works, and many other small companies like it, were forced out of existence.

2001 Re-established the Chevington Press and published “I Solange.” 11 Etchings and text by the artist. 46 copies.

2004 Published “Resistance is Useless” on slavery in the British West Indies. Quarto. 17 etchings and text by the artist. 50 copies.

2005 Published “Almost Jerusalem”, a reprint of Nathaniel Turner’s Confessions. Quarto. 6 etchings. 50 copies.

2006 Published “Pugilistica Judaica – Jewish Prize-fighters in London 1785-1840”. Quarto. 15 etchings and text by the artist. 50 copies.

2009 Published “An Alphabet of Extinct Mammals”. 27 etchings and text by the artist. 55 copies.

2011 Published “An Alphabet of Endangered Animals.” 27 etchings 38 copies with text by the artist