Edward Waites Sculptures
Edward Waites was born in 1988 in Suffolk. Completely self-taught, Edward has dedicated himself to his craft since leaving school and despite his young age his distinctive sculpture has already earned him international recognition and acclaim. Notable commissions to name a few include Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Lord Anthony & Lady Bamford.
Edward’s collection comprises of animals and wildlife and is shaped by his passion for the vitality, energy and grace of his subjects. His approach is very immediate and hands-on, and from very early on in his career he has worked closely with the foundry in Suffolk that casts his works.
“Initially to make a bronze there has to be model made and using a steel and aluminium framework you sculpt your positive impression on that. I like to use anything from wet clay to plasticine, there are some really good oil based clays out there that I use for the majority of small/medium sized work.
Same material that’s used building concept cars. The piece then will be cast into a material – I like the medium bronze and that’s what the majority of work is cast into. I do have some silver pieces but there are cost and size limitations with the precious metals.”
Following the ancient lost-wax method, Edward works first in clay, and then casts in bronze and silver in limited editions. This age-old process demands both skill and time, and each commission takes several months to complete.
Edward’s sculptures feature in distinguished public, corporate and private collections around the world, including several royal collections.
“To commission me my smaller work starts at £1,500 and can go up to over £100,000 for life size work.”
The artist works to commission for private and corporate clients, producing unique pieces that range from small-scale to life-size.
Zoar Baptist Chapel, 4 Rogers Road, Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire CB25 OHX
Nicky’s World October 2018 – All images c/o Edward Waites