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EXCLUSIVE: An Interview With The Man Behind The 'Hercules' Statue

Written by Chief Editor.

Andrew Sinclair is one of the UK's rising stars in the field of figurative and surrealist sculpture. His skills include screen printing and clay modelling. He has been influenced by the great classical sculptors of the Renaissance, although his subjects are often contemporary figures.

Andrew's pieces can be seen in all sorts of settings, from cruise ships to celebrity homes. The latter includes Elton, and the artist spoke with this Web site's Cheryl Herman about that.

 

EJW: You created a statue called Hercules. How did the idea come about, and what sort of details did you include besides a huge musical note?

 

AS: Hercules came about as a self motivated, unofficial tribute to Elton's contribution to the music world. I love telling stories with my work so the base of the sculpture has a 'crocodile on a rock' a rocket (Rocket Man) and a 'candle blowing in the wind' hidden in the rock and grass. The name which inspired the whole project was based on the singer's new middle name {Elton being born 'Reginald Kenneth Dwight'} and I chose a beautiful male model Ruben I thought he'd appreciate.

 

EJW: Where in the entertainer's house does the statue stand, and what was his reaction to Hercules?

 

AS:  I believe it stands in the entrance hall of his Windsor home. He was certainly very pleased with it and sent me a very nice thank you letter.

 

EJW:  Have other well-known personalities inspired your work?

 

AS: I have sculpted portraits of many famous people, including a bas-relief of the Queen for the refurbishment of the Royal Box at Windsor.  As far as celebrities go,  I created a surprise portrait of Sir Tim Rice.  Again,  I used interests and achievements from his life to create the composition, mainly in his case because I thought he wouldn't like just an image of himself.

 

EJW: What are you currently involved with?

 

AS:  I am working on a life size dinosaur to be exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show in May this year. It is actually an enlargement of a humourous piece I created about five years ago. Apart from that I tend to stay away from exhibitions and work almost exclusively by commission.

However, a lot of my pieces can be seen at www.andrew-sinclair.com (including the aforementioned Tim Rice, in the 'portrait' section, the 21st, under the ''Galleries'' heading, and Hercules, which is the 16th picture in the ''figurative'' portion of the site).