Fred Gordon, born in 1993, graduated from the University of Edinburgh in July 2017 with a 2:1 MA (Hons) in French and History of Art, after having done a foundation diploma in Art and Design at Falmouth University. He has always been interested in some form of art and, despite being largely self-taught, Fred has been sculpting professionally since 2011. Determined to pursue a career in wildlife sculpture, he was fortunate to secure a place with Animal Art Fair in London, exhibiting in their summer exhibition. He also took part in the Natural Eye Exhibition for the Society of Wildlife Artists and was, also, thrilled to be asked to take part in the SMA Trust Charity Auction Dinner in the National Gallery, London. Fred finished 2017 exhibiting at the Art for Youth London exhibition at the Mall Galleries and was awarded the much coveted Wates Foundation Diana Brooks Prize for new and emerging talent.
Having lived in the countryside all his life, Fred was exposed to and inspired by the natural world from an early age. To begin with, he primarily used drawing as a way of capturing the essence of his subjects. However, in 2011, influenced by his mother, he turned to sculpture, as he could better articulate the intricacies of the anatomy, and the movement inherent in the wildlife he observed. Fred uses quick and fluid gestures to capture the motion and vitality of the subject. Working first in clay or wax, the piece is then cast in bronze or bronze resin.
To better understand the complex moulding and casting process, Fred has adopted a hands on approach and works at the cold cast bronze resin studio, where the majority of his pieces are moulded and cast. He also works closely with the bronze foundry where the ancient lost-wax method is employed.