James Connolly

James is both sculptor and painter who has lived in the Cotswolds for over 25 years.  Drawn by the rich limestone of the area, which varies from the honey coloured tones of the north to the pearly white of the south.  Inspired by the direct carving school of Constantin Brancusi, James has developed his own style of sculpting in which he seeks to abstract and harmonise the human figure into it’s essential blocks of form and interlocking shapes.

Alongside this patient toil of the stone carver James also casts various resin, plaster and metal sculptures, usually modelling the original in clay.  He paints both figurative and abstract oils on canvas.

Much of his work is from private commissions, while he also teaches sculpture from his studio and exhibits widely.