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Sculptor Chris Manley ARBS
Chris Manley

About Chris Manley

Chris Manley is not only an accomplished Artist having been chosen for the RA summer exhibition and has won the 1st prize for the National Exhibition of Carved Birds, but has had successful careers in Trout Farming, Accountancy and the Wine Trade before he was captivated by sculpture and by the contours of living creatures and the way they flow to form a whole. He requests you to enjoy the tactile quality of his work. Most of his larger pieces can be seen in the many cruise liners that ply our waters.

Exhibition History of Chris Manley

Chris Manley has had work selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and for the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition in London. He Annually demonstrates his skills as Artist in Residence at the Nature in Art Museum at Wallsworth Hall in Gloucestershire.

Biography / CV of Chris Manley

Chris Manley lives in Wareham, Dorset. His early training was as a chartered accountant, then wine merchant, then commodity broker, followed by 15 years farming trout.

Artist Statement of Chris Manley

Chris Manley`s personal Statement
The quality of natural forms that most interest me is that of elegance; that beautiful combination of design and function that adapts a creature to its lifestyle. Birds often exhibit extreme adaptations and so are particularly interesting.

I love the way the contours of living creatures flow together to form the whole, which I tend emphasise with smooth shapes and minimal detail, be it bird, animal or even the female form.

The viewer is invited to experience the tactile quality of the sculpture, a sensation too often ignored.

Awards and Prizes of Chris Manley

Chris Manley won the 500 first prize at the National Exhibition of Carved Birds, Pensthorpe, Norfolk, where he still exhibits annually.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Chris Manley

Over the part four years much of Chris Manley time has been taken up with producing large bronze pieces, such as elephants, tigers and birds of prey, for installation of crusie-liners.

He is now producing smaller scale bronzes more suitable for private collectors, and this year has been thrilled to have a piece selected for the annual Birds In Art exhibition, alongside internationally famous artists, at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in America.

Qualifications / Education of Chris Manley

Chris Manley`s Qualifications
In 1987 he gained a BTEC Diploma in Natural History Illustration after 3 years as a mature student at Poole Art College, having continued to simultaneously run his own trout farm. His first sculptures in wood were produced in 1992.

Price Range of Work

Chris Manley's work has a price range from £5,000 to £12,000

Mediums utilised

Chris Manley's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Chris Manley's work is found in the following categories on site:
Wild Bird Sculptures (3)
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures (3)
Varietal Mix of Bird Sculptures or Statues (2)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (2)
Birds of Prey / Raptors Sculptures (2)
Pet and Animal Portrait Custom or Bespoke or Commission Commemorative or Memoriaql sculpture statue
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues
African Animal and Wildlife Sculptures
Ornamental Birds sculpture or Statues

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Chris Manley's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2008 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2007 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2006 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2005 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
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