David Mayne is a sculptor of national repute with work in both public and private collections throughout the UK. His richly textured steel animal sculptures are the result of hour upon hour of welding and grinding the surface as he explores his subject’s unique qualities to create beautiful pieces that capture the movement and essence of a particular creature.
Mayne’s other areas of exploration include the use of repeated or multiple images to create pieces ranging from miniature forests to classic vessel forms. The simple animals that make up these vessels clearly reflect his interest in cave painting and primitive Art, and the use of repetition and industrial materials brings a contemporary aesthetic to ancient ideas. The vessel sculptures have been exhibited and sold at various exhibitions and sculpture parks including Newby Hall, North Yorkshire and the Hillier Gardens in Hampshire. One of Mayne’s first ever vessels stands in grounds laid out by the gardener Derry Watkins and her architect husband Peter Clegg at their home and business Special Plants.
When he is not working on exhibitions and private commissions, Mayne continues his practice as a sculptor working in the public realm, creating landmark features for local authorities, visitor centres, large scale PLCs and health trusts. Clients include Carilion Civil Engineering, Taylor Wimpey, British Waterways and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans. He is currently working on commissions for Leeds University and Marks and Spencer.