Sculpture has become my all-consuming work and, having developed a particular interest in the human form as a basis for my inspiration, I find myself constantly surrounded by sculptural ideas. So often the everyday encounters between couples in their ordinary lives spark a composition ready to be simplified and developed into a sculpture.
I like to allow these ideas to germinate in my head before sometimes drawing a simple sketch; but I quickly go on to make a small three-dimensional maquette which enables me to visualise the whole work in the round.
These maquettes are all-important – they hold the key to the final work. Is it to be a stone carving or a large cast piece? What should the scale be, even what will be the final patination in the case of a cast piece?
I try to give my works a title; this has to be fairly concise – just sufficient to give the viewer a lead from which they can develop their own interpretation. I like to think that their answers are not always immediate but that with time and consideration they will form their own conclusion.
I never think of a sculpture as being temporary; it’s wonderful to believe that it is permanent and can be handed on for future generations, though when asked to name my favourite piece, I always reply ‘My next one.’
John Brown – the background
John Brown was born in 1931. His sculpture training began at Hornsey School of Art, and continued under Howard Bate R.A. at Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute.
John Brown´s contemporary sculpture is concerned with human relationships and emotions, expressed in a simplified abstracted way, provoking thought and discussion, as well as visual impact. Themes very often run through a number of completed works as in the recent series inspired by the TV programme ´Strictly Come Dancing´. His sculpture is exhibited widely and is now in many private and corporate collections.