Bronze portrait bust of Professor Sid Watkins, OBE, FRCS

                  PRESS RELEASE

8th December 2011

 

ROBERT HORNYOLD-STRICKLAND sculpts PROFESSOR SID WATKINS, OBE, FRCS - legendary brain surgeon and retiring President of the Formula One FIA Institue

A new bronze bust has been unveiled today in New Delhi of the legendary Professor Sid Watkins - the pioneer of safety in Formula One for more than 30 years. At its Annual General Assembly, the FIA Institute presented the bronze of Professor Watkins on his retirement from his role as President of the FIA Institute. The life size head and shoulders bronze portrait was undertaken by Anglo-Maltese sculptor Robert Hornyold-Strickland at Watkins home in Kelso, Scotland.

Watkins, now 83, served as FIA medical delegate from 1978 to 2004, helping to improve safety as well as saving lives on track such as when Mika Hakkinen crashed heavily at Adelaide in 1995. A close friend of Ayrton Senna, Watkins was appointed chairman of the FIA Expert Advisory Safety Committee in 1994 following Senna's death, and then took the role of FIA Institute president when it was established in 2004. He will remain as an honorary president of the Institute.

Robert Hornyold-Strickland commented: "It was an honour to be asked to sculpt a portrait bronze of Professor Sid Watkins, and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of portraying one of the world's leading brain surgeons! Our portrait sessions were much enlivened by Sid's terrific sense of humour and his wealth of fascinating stories."

Robert Hornyold-Strickland studied initially at the Heatherly School of Art, Chelsea, London. He is the great grandson of Lord Strickland, Prime Minister of Malta between the wars. A leading portrait sculptor he now divides his time between Malta and Bath in the UK. Strickland works in a variety of media but principally in bronze and undertakes private and corporate commissions where he is known for his portrait busts, figurative and ornamental sculptures. Most of his works are unique pieces; and very recently he has sculpted the President of Malta, His Excellency Dr George Abela.

Strickland takes his inspiration from his subjects, be they professionals, captains of industry or statesmen; he has a rare talent for exploring and interpreting the characteristics and traits of the individual in front of him. His figurative sculptures are created using his deep understanding of anatomy and form. The results are evident in his work as he demonstrates his own interpretation of energy, inner spirit and character. Strickland will never render a 'photographic' sculpture of his sitter, preferring to rely on his own perception of what makes that person tick.

Particularly, Strickland's bronze portrait busts, capture the spirit of the individual, be that wisdom, age, grace or intelligence - or a mixture of all an individual's qualities. He works initially in clay, leaving the vital and real traces of his sculptor's marks on the way, giving each piece its dynamic energy. He is always at pains to ensure that these lively elements are never lost in the bronze casting process.

Strickland's family home is Sizergh Castle, in the Lake District.

Strickland's work can also be seen at www.robertstricklandsculpture.com and also on Facebook.

ENDS

Notes to Editors: Professor Sid Watkins, OBE, FRCS was born in Liverpool

For more information and further images of the Watkins bronze, please email:dnrlivingstone@yahoo.co.ukor call 00 44 7899 757 655

 

 

 

 

H.E. President Abela of Malta - bronze bust by Robert Hornyold-Strickland.  December 2011


 

 The Sculptor, with the new bronze portrait bust of The President of Malta

 

NEWS RELEASE:   December 1st 2011

New bronze bust of H.E. President of Malta, Dr George Abela at San Anton Palace, Attard, Malta, GC

 

A new bronze portrait bust of H.E. President Abela of Malta has been placed among other past Presidents and Presidents Emiriti in the courtyard at San Anton Palace, Attard, Malta. The bronze sculpture commission was undertaken by sculptor Robert Hornyold-Strickland.

 

Robert Hornyold-Strickland studied initially at the Heatherly School of Art, Chelsea, London. He is the great grandson of Lord Strickland, Prime Minister of Malta between the wars, and a great nephew of Mabel Strickland, O.B.E. A leading portrait sculptor he now divides his time between Malta and the UK. He works in a variety of media but principally in bronze and undertakes private and corporate commissions where he is known for his portrait busts, figurative and ornamental sculptures. Most of his works are unique pieces.

 

Strickland he has just completed the commission to sculpt the President of Malta, His Excellency Dr George Abela. The bronze bust will now be on permanent display at San Anton Palace.

 

Robert Strickland comments: "Being partly Maltese myself, it was a great honour to be asked to sculpt a portrait bronze of HE President George Abela. I sincerely hope that I met the challenge of portraying his captive smile!."

 

HE The President George Abela said:- "I am grateful for Mr. Strickland's time and dedication to produce this excellent work of art and I have been very impressed by his passion for sculpture". 

 

Strickland takes his inspiration from his subjects, be they statesmen, professionals, captains of industry; he has a rare talent for exploring and interpreting the characteristics and traits of the individual in front of him. His figurative sculptures are created using his deep understanding of anatomy and form. The results are evident in his work as he demonstrates his own interpretation of energy, inner spirit and character. Strickland will never render a 'photographic' sculpture of his subject, preferring to rely on his own perception of what makes that person tick.

 

Strickland's bronze portrait busts, capture the spirit of the individual, be that wisdom, age, grace or intelligence - or a mixture of all an individual's qualities. Initially, he works in clay, leaving the vital and real traces of his sculptor's marks on the way, thus giving each piece its dynamic energy. Strickland is always at pains to ensure that these lively elements are never lost in the bronze casting process; to achieve this he works closely and painstakingly with his foundries to achieve the highest standards in casting and patination.

 

Strickland's family home is Sizergh Castle up in the Lake District of England and a National Trust Property; it is open to visitors all year round. Strickland's artwork can be seen on Facebook andwww.robertstricklandsculpture.com

 

ENDS

 

For more information please email:dnrlivingstone@yahoo.co.uk

 

or call 00 356 99 212 801

 

 

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THE OWL THROUGH THE MOON

Bronze Resin    (Height 126 cms  Width  92 cms  Depth 28 cms)

Price on Application

 
This new sculpture is dramatic and dynamic in its form and movement and is strictly limited to a small edition.  The Owl is in bronze resin and can also be cast by special arrangement in bronze.  email: robertstrickland44@yahoo.co.uk. 

Every finished bronze or bronze resin comes with a certificate of authentication and a special edition number.


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SLIEMA, MALTA

ROBERT STRICKLAND BRONZES: LILY AGIUS GALLERY,

 

2011 - THURSDAY 23rd June: Private view by invitation only - more information from info@lilyagiusgallery.com

 

ROBERT STRICKLAND SCULPTURE EXHIBITION

THE MALTA MARITIME MUSEUM  17 - 28 November 2010

A contemporary bronze bust of Nelson by anglo-maltese sculptor Robert Hornyold-Strickland was unveiled by Hon. Mario de Marco, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, the Environment and Culture during a private view at Strickland's debut Maltese sculpture exhibition in the Malta Maritime Museum in Birgu on 16th November.

Strickland undertook the challenge to produce a contemporary bronze of Admiral Lord Nelson to commemorate his staggering naval achievements, including blockading Malta to assist the Maltese in removing French occupiers. The life size bust of the great Admiral is now taking take pride of place in Malta's Maritime Museum's Nelson collection and has been gifted partly by Robert Strickland and with the generous support of a number of sponsors. Special thanks to the generosity of our sponsors supporting the Nelson Bronze and the exhibition: Gasan Mamo Insurance, Heritage Malta, Simonds Farsons Cisk, Curmi & Partners, The Phoenicia Hotel and Delicata Wines.

  

                     
Robert Hornyold-Strickland with the Nelson Bronze.      The Hon Mario De Marco and RHS at Malta Maritime Museum

 

The first cast of the Nelson Bronze can be seen at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which was unveiled in 2008.

Robert Hornyold-Strickland with Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey at HMS Nelson, Portsmouth, 2008

     

Anna Tribe, Nelson's great great great grandaughter with her illustrious ancestor and showing the same features as him 200 years on... indelible DNA!