Art Education & Qualifications:
Cordwainers College, 1947- 1949
Camden Arts Centre, 1984 – 1986, Drawing and Sculpture
Working Medium: Bronze Sculpture
“I gradually came to the conclusion that, more than anything else, I wanted to do my best to create my own art; to find out how it was possible for me to develop as an artist. For six years I worked hard at drawing and painting but with limited success, until by accident in 1984, I discovered sculpture, and my empathy for working in 3 dimensions.
Once I overcame my desire to copy what I saw before me, I began to ask myself what was I trying to achieve? If I could decide what was important to me, perhaps I could find my own style.
I decided that for me, art had to be a means of communication, and more importantly, a means of communicating emotion.”
Stanley Dove studied shoe design and manufacture at Cordwainers College from 1947-49, five years later he started his own successful shoe factory in London, which he ran until 1979. He then worked part – time as a consultant shoe designer travelling to various parts of the world to create collections of ladies fashion shoes. During this time he studied as a mature student at Camden Art Centre, where he concentrated on experimental painting, life drawing and etching. It wasn’t until 1987 that he retired to concentrate on full time sculpture.
Stanley has since exhibited widely throughout the UK and Europe including the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Stanley practices the lost wax technique and sculpts mainly in solid bronze and is well known for his love of the hare, some of which he has sculpted to over 5ft tall!
To celebrate the Millennium, Stanley created a giant version of the apocalypse horseman, which he sculpted with flammable materials reaching over 12ft tall. This outstanding sculpture was burnt on New Millennium eve in North Devon and was registered as one of the UK Millennium Beacons.
Stanley is a renowned sculptor of International standing and his sculptures can be found in public and private collections globally.