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Colin Figue ARBS, AIESM

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Sculptor Colin Figue ARBS, AIESM
Colin Figue -Guatemala 2007

About Colin Figue

Harmonious, timeless... the sculptures of Colin Figue are rooted in the classical tradition. Seen in the brilliant light of the Algarve, the clean edges and precise forms evoke a sense of that perennial humanist philosophy associated with Polykleitos, Alberti end Brancusi. If one were to define this quality as form and space fully realised and expressed by a working understanding of the materials, then we come close to Figue`s oeuvre.
Sculptor Colin Figue ARBS, AIESM
working in India 2009

Exhibition History of Colin Figue

He has exhibited and worked throughout Europe and the Far East, with personal exhibitions in Germany, Portugal, Switzerland and the USA. and is represented with sculptures in Open Air and public collections in Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Japan, Taiwan, China, India and the Lebanon.

casting bronze in Portugal 2009

Biography / CV of Colin Figue

Born in England in 1943.
Ravensbourne College of Art and Design 1960-1964
The Royal Academy School of Sculpture 1966-1969

After travelling in the Middle East, Africa and South America, he lived in Spain, where he worked under private patronage and later in Cambridge where he studied bronze casting with Michael Gillespie ARBS.
From 1974 to 1976 he worked in Portugal for the renowned Irish painter and ceramist Patrick Swift
In 1977 and 1979, with the support of the British Council and the Portuguese Government, he was awarded scholarships to Portugal and worked for more than a year in the quarries of SOLUBEMA in Vila Viçosa, the marble heartland of the Alentejo.
He has lived and worked in Southern Portugal since 1981.
In recent years he has traveled extensively in India and spent time carving in the temple workshops of Mahabalipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu.

working in Korea 2001

Artist Statement of Colin Figue

The hammer and chisel directed by a keen eye and intuitive grasp give his work a human scale and measure. The reach and sweep of the arm, the proportion of finger and hand links the sculpture to universal principles of nature and the cosmos. The works are like points of reference in an environment that becomes articulated and coherent. The boundaries define larger unending forms and patterns visualised and completed in space by the imagination. They express a dynamic harmony of opposite forces through interlocking elements, curved and straight edges, form and space. They expose the intrinsic forces already present in the stone and bring us into contact with its greater reality.

Awards and Prizes of Colin Figue

British Council Scholarships to Portugal 1977 and 1979

In 1999 he was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Colin Figue

He is represented with sculpture in open air and public collections in Germany, France, Portugal, Italy, Holland, Slovakia, Japan, Taiwan, China, South Korea, India, Morocco, Lebanon, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Guatemala and Cyprus

Reviews of work by Colin Figue

"Harmonious, timeless... the sculptures of Colin Figue are rooted in the classical tradition. Seen in the brilliant light of the Algarve, the clean edges and precise forms evoke a sense of that perennial humanist philosophy associated with Polykleitos, Alberti end Brancusi. If one were to define this quality as form and space fully realised and expressed by a working understanding of the materials, then we come close to Figue`s oeuvre.

The hammer and chisel directed by a keen eye and intuitive grasp give his work a human scale and measure. The reach and sweep of the arm, the proportion of finger and hand links the sculpture to universal principles of nature and the cosmos. The works are like points of reference in an environment that becomes articulated and coherent. The boundaries define larger unending forms and patterns visualised and completed in space by the imagination. They express a dynamic harmony of opposite forces through interlocking elements, curved and straight edges, form and space. They expose the intrinsic forces already present in the stone and bring us into contact with its greater reality.

In an age when the term "monumental` has come to refer simply to size, the sculptures of Colin Figue link each of us in a very personal way to the truly monumental."

Richard Caston, Düsseldorf

Public Works of Colin Figue

Colin Figue is represented with sculptures in Open Air and public collections in Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Japan, Taiwan, China, India and the Lebanon. In 1995 to 1996 he travelled in India and carved in the temple workshops at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, an experience which has influenced recent work and his current involvement with painting.

Qualifications / Education of Colin Figue

In 1999 he was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

MA Sculpture, Royal Academy of Arts, London

National Diploma of Art&Design, Sculpture, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design

Price Range of Work

Colin Figue's work has a price range from £3,332 to £61,667

Mediums utilised

Colin Figue's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Colin Figue's work is found in the following categories on site:
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside (7)
Carved Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue carving (6)
Architectural Sculptures (5)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (4)
Carved or Carving sculpture (4)
Carved Stone, Marble, Alabaster, Soap Stone Granite Lime stone (4)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (4)
Beautifully Useful Functional Sculpture (3)
Christian Sculpture and Statues (3)
Spiritual sculpture (2)
Objects of desire Sculptures (2)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (2)
Religious Sculpture (2)
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes (2)
Geometric Sculpture Statues statuary statuettes. Usually Abstract Contemporary Modern work
Crucifiction Christian Cross Alter Piece sculpture Statues carvings Statues statuettes sculpture depicting the crucfiction
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Every day Objects ( Sculptures of inorganic things)
Spherical Globe like Ball shaped Round Abstract Contemporary sculpture statue statuette
Small / Little Abstract Contemporary Sculptures / Statues
Angular Abstract Modern Contemporary sculpture statuary
Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue
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