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Sculptor Ray Castell
Ray Castell

About Ray Castell

Ray Castell`s sculpture is contemporary and largely figurative but occasionally purely abstract. Much of his work is inspired by things he sees in nature, but he also draws upon ideas from science and engineering combined with his interest in cosmology and spirituality.
Sculptor Ray Castell
Ray Castell

Exhibition History of Ray Castell

Ray Castell`s Exhibitions
Mall Galleries, London
Open University
Vivartis Arts Festival
RHS Wisley sculpture walk
Claydon House (National Trust) sculpture walk
Oxfordshire Artweeks
Swindon Open Studios
Showborough House, nr Tewksbury
Baker Tilley, Guildford
Harvey Gallery, Guildford

Biography / CV of Ray Castell

Ray Castell grew up on the coast of North Yorkshire. ?The images imprinted on my mind in the time I spent exploring the magnificent coast and rock pools, hiking and camping in the stunning North York Moors and experiencing the amazing fiery ballet of the steel works whilst working as an apprentice and young engineer have stayed with me throughout my life. These images and feelings, combined with years of travelling, living and working in remote and island communities provide me with a huge fund of ideas for sculptures?.

Ray`Castell has always been able to sketch and has done some painting. He also spent some time experimenting with clay, but it was when he tried stone sculpture on a course in the Tout Quarry on the Island of Portland that he knew he`d found the medium he needed. ?Suddenly, I had tools I understood and a medium I thought I understood. This was to be my new journey!?.

Since then Ray, whilst still carving, has developed work in other media.

Artist Statement of Ray Castell

Ray Castell`s Statement
Most of my sculptures are based on natural shapes that to me are flowing and calming, or which attempt to express an idea that is meaningful to me. I have little interest in anatomical accuracy and try to strip away detail in an attempt to encapsulate the essence of the forms that evoke in me, and hopefully in others, a mostly pleasing emotion or reaction.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Ray Castell

Ray Castell`s Acquisitions
The Open University commissioned Ray to create a sculpture to celebrate their 40th year of providing open learning opportunities. The sculpture is called `Learning Together` and stands opposite another of his sculptures, `A Kind of Infinity`, outside the Learning and Teaching Solutions (LTS) building at the Milton Keynes campus.

Qualifications / Education of Ray Castell

Ray Castell studied electrical and mechanical engineering. Obtained a first class honours degree at Bath University. Completed a research PhD into an aspect of control engineering and lectured in this topic for a while. Later he worked for many years as a development manager in the shellfish industry, before returning to the control engineering industry in a managerial role. He has also acted as an IT development advisor in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and elsewhere.

Sculpting is his current passion.

Price Range of Work

Ray Castell's work has a price range from £340 to £490

Mediums utilised

Ray Castell's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Ray Castell's work is found in the following categories on site:
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (2)
Animal Abstract Contemporary Modern Stylised Minimalist Sculptures (2)
Varietal Mix of Bird Sculptures or Statues
Varietal cross section of Floral, Fruit and Plantlife Sculpture
Wild Bird Sculptures
Nudes, Female Sculptures
Stylized People Sculptures
Stylized Animals Sculptures
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary
Water Birds / Water Fowl / Seabirds / Waders
Spiritual sculpture
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine
Fruit Sculpture
Vegetable Sculptures / Statues / statuettes
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside
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