Tom Maley is multi talented and skilful artist who uses his imagination and his background in the industrial north to create powerful images from a variety of materials, often with a touch of humour, but always with the punch of a pile driver.
Sculptures by tom maley
People`s Award for 1carus
at the 2006 Palm Beach Biennale.
The impetus for my work lies in design and build, whether that be; sculptural, architectural or engineering.
My father encouraged his children to pursue their talents and encouraged me to believe that I could do anything if I was determined enough. He was a talented sculptor in his own right but was more interested in teaching others how to develope their own talents and so I started sculpting as a child mostly copying what my father was doing, the best way to learn.
As a young boy I would sketch recreationally, perhaps the most pivotal moment for me being the discovery of the drawings of Michelangelo and Leonardo.
Although my drawing talents were acknowledged during my teens by various art teachers, I decided not to pursue a formal art education, choosing a career in design engineering. This allowed me to develop the all round skills of the renaissance artists I so admired. I thus continued on a self taught basis with my artistic studies.
In my early years I continued to draw and started to carve stone, but my sculpting really began when I discovered modelling with clay.
The clay modelling became an obsession with me and I very quickly started producing portraits. I was soon producing life-size figures modelled, moulded and cast. This resulted in several civic commissions and lead to my first solo exhibition.
Present projects include my ongoing `Pop Art` series entitled `The Return of 1carus` and future projects will include the `Launderette` a contemporary take on Supernatural Delusion.
Commissions and Projects:- (1993-Present)
Growler Bronze - Jaguar Cars.
Jimi Hendrix Bronze for the Newcastle Guitar Festival.
Jackie Milburn Bronze Bust for Woodhorn Colliery Museum.
Jackie Milburn Bronze Statue for Woodhorn Colliery Exhibition.
Jackie Milburn Bronze Statue - at St James` Park, Newcastle.
Sir John Hall Bronze Bust for Wynyard Hall.
`Icarus` Bronze and Stainless steel fantasy - private commission.
Wilf Mannion Bronze Statue, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough Football Club.
`Transition` - Stainless steel Obelisk, Ford Motor Co. Middlesbrough
Josephine Butler Bronze Statue, Glendale Gateway Trust, Wooler.
Unknown Soldier - Bronze Statue - Ashington War Memorial - Royal British Legion and Wansbeck District Council.
Sir Frank Atkinson - Bronze Bust - Founder Beamish Museum.
Garden Sculptures - for Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie Robson.
Trevor Bennett Statue - Bronze statue for Leicester County Cricket club.
Sir Bobby Robson - Larger than lifesize Bronze Bust for Newcastle United Football Club.
Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn statues - 12 feet high Bronze Statues for Newcastle United Football Club (work in progress).
Robin of Pegswood - 36 feet high landmark Sculpture for Bothal Estates.
Ellington Mining Memorial - Bronze Statue - Ellington Colliery.