David Backhouse’s career in sculpture spans more than thirty years. His work is known through his many public sculptures and exhibitions and he has an international following of collectors for his smaller bronzes and portrait heads.
He says of his work, “The themes are simple and universal: the interdependence of nature and humanity, and the search for balance and harmony. My sculptures are meditations on the human and animal condition in the modern world, reflecting loss and tragedy, hope and delight, and above all tenacity of spirit.”
These preoccupations are notable particularly in Cloaked Horseman for Bristol City Centre; Centaurs for Whiteleys, London W2, The Stream of Life for Central Square, Telford; Dolphin Family for London Docklands; and Pilgrim, recently installed in the Bishop’s Palace Gardens, Wells.
Backhouse studied Sculpture at The West of England College of Art and Bristol University and then established a studio in Spain in the 1970s. Following his return to England he held four one-man exhibitions for the GLC at the Orangery in Holland Park during the late 1970s and the 1980s and continued to exhibit in the USA and Europe.
He now lives and works predominantly in Somerset, with a small additional studio in France.
Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors
Royal West of England Academian
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Founder Member of the Society of Equestrian Arts
Member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors