A Bespoke James Bond Sculpture for an Amazing Local Charity

My first finished sculpture of this year is a bespoke James Bond sculpture – with a twist. Well, technically it’s a wall hanging, but what’s in a word?! I’ve made it to help raise funds for an incredible local charity, The Movement Centre based at Robert Jones & Agnes Hunto Orthopaedic Hospital. And – something … Read more

Lower Farm Sculpture Trail

wooden sculpture of Fudge the daschund, protagonist of the Lower Farm Sculpture Trail

In this week’s blog, we’re doing something a little different! Usually, the blog is about finished sculptures. This week though, we invite you to a sneaky peek of a work in progress. Keep reading to find out about one of Simon’s current projects; the Lower Farm Sculpture Trail…   About Lower Farm Holiday Cottages and … Read more

FAQs: Why is Art Expensive? (What You Pay for When you Commission a Sculpture)

ayrton senna bust by simon o'rourke in foreground. It is in progress. In the background Simon looks at a wall of senna photos, checking the details for his sculpture

But why does it cost so much? This is a question artists are asked across every field. Whether the artist is a sculpture, musician, painter, photographer (or any other field!) they are frequently asked to justify their prices. Many artists struggle to make a living as they often end up not charging enough to cover … Read more

Commissioning the Right Sculpture – Why Some Designs Make the Cut, (!!!!), and Others Don’t!

commissioning the best sculpture: a sketch of a lion by simon o'rourke. It is the head and front legs on a lion standing on a plinth. the lion is suggested to be Aslan from C S Lews' Narnia series.

It’s probably no surprise that Simon has an archive of sketches that never became sculptures. There are all kinds of reasons for this. It is SO important for a piece of commissioned art to be EXACTLY what the client wants. This means that no matter how great an idea, sometimes it just doesn’t work out … Read more

FAQs: Who are your influences?

who are your influences? photo shows a close up of a wizard carved in oak by simon o'rourke. it has a rough, unrefined and highly textured finish. This is close to the work of influences on him like Rodin and Degas.

One of the questions artists often get asked is ‘Who are your influences?’. Simon is no different as people are curious about his training and inspiration. And so, we thought we would blog about it! Read on to discover some of Simon’s influences as a sculptor. Who are your Influences: Storytelling The first of Simon’s … Read more

FAQs: Woodland Sculpture Trails

Woodland sculpture trails by simon o'rourke. sculpture of an owl hanging upside down next to a group of bats in Meadow Park

We’ve often talked about Simon’s woodland sculpture trails, and earlier this year we brought you virtual tours of Meadow Park, Page’s Wood, and Fforest Fawr. We wanted to answer some of the questions people often have, so here is our quick guide to woodland sculpture trails. What is a Woodland Sculpture Trail? At their most … Read more

How to Commission A Sculpture

How to commission a sculpture: picture shows a side by side of Simon O'rourke's original sketch and a finished sculpture of George and the Dragon. Minor changes were made to accomodate the flaws in the wood

How do I commission a sculpture? If you find yourself thinking about commissioning a bespoke wood sculpture, you may be wondering where to start. The first thing is I want to make it as easy as possible for you to commission your own sculpture! So this is how I guide you through that process… How … Read more

Why Commission a Sculpture Trail?

life size wood carving of a knight on a rearing horse by simon orourke.Sculpture is part of a sculpture trail in Northampton.

Autumn is the perfect time to get out into nature and visit one of Simon’s woodland sculpture trails. The reds and ambers of the leaves are stunning anyway, but they add a perfect touch of art and drama to his sculptures. If you need convincing, why not take a peek in our blogs about his … Read more