She has been making sculpture for over thirty years and the process is still a delight to her. With every piece she makes, she finds the working process both comfortingly familiar and refreshingly surprising.
Although not the only subject she works from, the human form is the one she keeps coming back to: the actual figure (in movement and at rest, clothed and unclothed) and the figure as depicted by other artists in any medium and at any phase in history.
She makes semi-figurative sculpture, cast into either resin or bronze from originals which she makes in plaster, clay, wax, cardboard, wood.
She lives by the sea and collect driftwood, broken furniture, discarded plastic debris and other beach-found 'stuff', all of which regularly introduce new and unexpected vocabulary to explore.
She has made small and large sculpture entirely of found material. These are all foundry-cast by the traditional lost wax method.
Helen Sinclair was born in South Wales in 1954. She studied sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art (1972- 1976). After teaching for twelve years, she has been a full-time sculptor since 1988. With her technician (traveller and writer Gary Ley) she does her own mould-making and resin casting. All her bronze sculpture is cast at the MB Fine Arts Foundry in Pembrokeshire.
She is currently Vice-President of the Society of Women Artists.
The human figure is her primary subject : the actual figure (in movement and at rest, clothed and unclothed) and the figure as depicted by other artists in any medium and at any phase in history.
Her influences include the sculptural forms and mythology of ancient civilisations (Etruscan, Egyptian, South American), Italian Renaissance sculpture (especially Donatello) and twentieth century sculptors : Emilio Greco, Medardo Rosso, Giacometti and, most notably, Willhelm Lehmbruck. She also looks to painting for inspiration, especially Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Modigliani.
Helen Sinclair is married to sculptor Terry Ryall. They live and work in 18th century farm buildings at the end of the Gower Peninsula in South Wales.Next artist