Antony John Poels - born 1950 in Surrey. Has lived in Worcestershire since 1978.
He was introduced to the appreciation and disciplines of art at a young age, in a home where sculpting and painting was enthusiastically encouraged after the skills of drawing had been mastered to a competent level.
In 1963 whilst at Ratcliffe College in Leicestershire, he was fortunate to study under the tutelage of Gwilym Pritchard, and a new freedom of style and use of materials started to influence a young mind that still echoes to Gwilym's inspirational guidance.
After college he spent a brief time working for the silversmith Leslie Durbin in London and soon moved on to Sir John Cass College to study silversmithing - design and manufacture.
He went on to form his own company 'Honiton Silverware' continuing to design and make items in silver, bronze, porcelain and pewter for many companies including Royal Worcester Porcelain, Boehm Porcelain and Tiffany New York.
On moving to Malvern in 1978, his company progressed to the manufacture of fine quality reproductions, mainly of classical works of art and for many years he reproduced classical sculptures for Anthony Redmile in London, many of which were seen in television and film productions, notably the Caesar busts in the film 'Gladiator'.
Having completed a memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales at Burghley House, Stamford, he was commissioned to design and build the Daniel Lambert Jump and the Greylag Goose water jump for the Horse Trials there - these are exhibited annually.
He has also worked closely with the world famous garden designer George Carter, in the creating of many of the automatons and sculptures in the highly acclaimed Garden of Surprises at Burghley House.
In presenting this new collection of sculptures he is taking your eye on a journey of discovery through the line and shadows of movement and balance, allowing you to enjoy an exciting picture. As his tutor would constantly say 'work between the shapes and let the viewer discover the line'