Simon Keeley - Tutor ·

Simon Keeley

My original training and experience in the world of stone was training to become a 'Stone Mason' at York College in the mid 90's, then working as a 'Stone Mason' for Bowmans in Stamford, Lincolnshore. Then later training as a 'Stone Carver' at the London City and Guilds Art School, dealing predominantly with historical ornament/ carving. Over the years, I have addressed contemporary forms and issues with particular reference to 'Art in Architecture' which I studied at MA level, at the University of East London.

My range of skills as a stone carver involves an extensive knowledge of stone, drawing nature, ornament and the human figure. Creating scale models of any of the afore-mentioned in clay or wax, making moulds, then casting in plaster or bronze. Photography is essential, archive and history of art is frequently researched for each project.

Liasons with architects, landscape architects, garden designers, gallery owners, English Heritage, NAMM, National Trust, Schools, colleges, fellow artists, masons, carvers and private individuals are key for business development.

I have had important stone carving commissions involving restoration work on the exterior and interior of Westminster Abbey and Westminster School. Prestigious commissions for a heraldic plaque for the Worshipful Company of Skinners and other important historic buildings in London.

I annually demonstrate stone carving and run workshops for the public at Hatfield House and Blenheim Palace 'Living Crafts Fare'. Previously I have demonstrated and exhibited at 'The Affordable Arts Fare' in Battersea, ‘Art in Action’, Waterperry Gardens, near Oxford.

I also, annually exhibit and demonstrate with the Surrey Arts Open Studios, from my ‘summer studio’ in Windlesham, near Sunningdale, Surrey.

I have developed a passion for teaching which I do privately at my ‘summer studio’, at the Art Academy in London and West Dean college in Sussex.

My deep passion is to carve stone, this is a vocation that I have chosen; I feel it is linked to a spiritual path, which is gradually revealing the way.