donald foxley

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Donald Foxley was the Founder and first Chairman of the Cumbria Sculpture Association, has a style strongly of his own, and his career in Aviation Engineering comes through in some of his pieces. Although a latecomer to the Art, he finds time to teach his individual approach, and is featured in many private and public collections.

My early works were small pieces, mainly in clay. Even then, I recognised that some of them has an architectural quality that really required a larger scale and an appropriate outdoor setting. I therefore started to work larger, employing new materials suitable to the size. In 1997 I made “Naissance” a 12 feet high piece, which was purchased by the Royal Horticultural Society, and is now on permanent display at the RHS Gardens, Wisley.

I not make works in a wide range of sizes, dependent on the design and intended setting. I have just completed “Significant For”. 15 feet high, which was also on display at Wisley. I was a finalist in a competition for a memorial sculpture on Boston, Lincolnshire, and I have works in a number of private collections.

Sculptures by donald foxley



I took up sculpture in 1992, and it became so important to me that in 1994 I left my career in civil aviation engineering in order to concentrate on it full time. I attended a range of courses and took every opportunity to increase my understanding of sculpture and my range of sculptural techniques. I started off in adult education classes, and progressed to the Open College of the Arts sculpture 1 and 2 courses and an advanced sculpture workshop at a further education college.

I learnt an enormous amount from a variety of tutors and decided that I wanted to pass on what I had learned and add my own understanding to it. I therefore took the City and Guilds 730 adult teaching course, and developed a Creative Sculpture course, which I am now teaching.