Gus Farnes is a British artist living and working in Suffolk. He works within a contemplative domain creating abstracted human forms that movingly refute the notion of sculpture as a static medium. Fomented by ecology and the social milieu, considering the effect our ancestors have had on the way we live today, Gus’ s work presents the past looking into the future. With his rough-hewn surfaces, he bestows kinetic vitality in his figures: They gather, carry, stride ahead and rest, vibrating with life force as they inhabit their surroundings.
Gus sculpts using materials selected from his local situation; remnants from a landscape, found objects collaged, bound together, and fixed with wax on an intimate and monumental scale and by casting these combustible sculptures directly to bronze creates a body of unique work.
He cast his first bronze sculpture at the age of 16 which led him to Norwich School of Art in 2000 where he was mentored by Chris Summerfield (Ma Rca Moore scholarship) and Laurence Edwards (Ma Rca Moore scholarship). After leaving Norwich, he worked at Sotheby’s in London as a graphic artist.
In 2016 Gus left Sotheby’s to pursue his practice as a sculptor, and built himself a studio and foundry in Snape, Suffolk.
An alumnus of the Norwich School of Art & Design, Farnes’ works can be found in private collections throughout Europe, Asia, Australasia and the United States.
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