ADAM BINDER INTERVIEW
The Drang Gallery is delighted to work with one of Britains leading wildlife sculptors, Adam Binder. Here is an exclusive interview from one of our trips to his wonderful studio in the Cotswolds.
TDG: How did you start working with the Drang Gallery?
AB: I originally started showing my work with The Driftwood Gallery after approaching them in 2010, so when Justin opened the first Drang gallery which coincided with the release of my first larger sculptures, he invited me to exhibit them too.
TDG: When did you first realise your creative passion was sculpture?
AB: It felt like a natural progression, from drawing objects to creating the objects. This began when I was twelve years old. My first passion was for working with clay, creating pots on a potter’s wheel, watching shape and form develop under your nose. My passion for sculpture alone, evolved over the following couple of years as I explored my artistic capabilities and interests.
TDG: What has been your favourite sculpture you have created and why?
AB: My favourite sculpture is usually the one I’m presently working on, as it’s fresh, challenging and exciting as it progresses and begins to reveal its character. So at the moment my favourite is an Armadillo.
I love being out in the countryside observing nature, watching interactions between the wildlife, and being present to witness a split second that can inspire.
TDG: Which has been your most challenging sculpture to date and why?
AB: Every sculpture has its challenges, whether it’s in the detail or with the composition. To date the “Twelve Sparrows” on a wire were the most challenging because of the detail, composition, balance and construction.
TDG: What do you enjoy most about your creative practice?
AB: I love being out in the countryside observing nature, watching interactions between the wildlife, and being present to witness a split second that can inspire.
TDG: Which charities have you worked with in the past?
AB: I’ve supported various charities, usually of the conservation persuasion, like the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. I’m also a Patron for Oak and Furrows, a wildlife rescue centre in the Cotswolds.
“My greatest achievement so far is “Boris” the life-sized Polar Bear created to help highlight the plight of the polar bears and environmental issues due to climate change.”
TDG: What has been your greatest achievement as a sculptor?
AB: My greatest achievement so far is “Boris” the life-sized Polar Bear created to help highlight the plight of the polar bears and environmental issues due to climate change. Boris currently resides in London Zoo.
TDG: Is there a creature you have always wanted to sculpt but are yet to realise?
AB: There’s still lots of creatures I’ve yet to sculpt and only time will present those realisations as they present themselves to me for sculpting.
TDG: Do you ever suffer from creative blocks and if so how do you get over them?
AB: I learnt a long time ago not to panic. Creativity suffers under the influence of stress. So I ride it out, relax, do something else or go on Safari!
TDG: Who are your most influential contemporary’s?
AB: I guess other artists have influenced me along the way, but my greatest influence of all is nature.
TDG: What are your ambitions for the future?
AB: Early retirement somewhere tropical like Brazil, and sculpt for a hobby.
TDG: Tell us a little about your art collection and who is your favourite artist(s)
AB: Buying Art is one thing I can say is always completely unexpected. A couple of Sebastian Spreng’s a few years ago while in Key West, to a Joe Hargan a few weeks ago when I dropped off some of my work at a gallery in Stow on the Wold. I also have quite a few Wildlife bronzes by Adam Binder!…..Andy Goldsworthy is one of my favourite artists.
TDG: Is there an artist’s work you aspire to own?
AB: A Michael Talbot, I usually see one or two of his beautiful figures in production when I go to the foundry.
Adam Binder’s stunning sculptures can been viewed in both our Padstow and Salcombe galleries. Contact your nearest gallery for sales and enquiries.