Richard Strachey

Carefully etched into the rock, Richard Strachey’s work show pastoral scenes of corn waving in the wind or cows standing under a cloudy sky. Around boulders trees curl and entwine as they begin to blossom. Richard gets to know each of his pieces first; their ragged shape, their colour, density, even their hardness. In doing so the geological history and shape of the stone becomes an intrinsic part of Richard’s carving. Using limestone, slate and sometimes marble, Richard finds a drawing which corresponds with the stone he chooses, revealing its own untold story. Thoughtful, delicate and utterly delightful, Richard’s work perfectly captures the beauty and charm of the English countryside.

Born in 1950 on the Mendip hills, Somerset, Richard studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Arts. During the holidays Richard would work for a local stonemasonry business, who gave him a practical application to stonework. After leaving college, he worked as a conservator, mason and carver on many historical buildings such as Wells, Truro and Bristol cathedrals. His workshop is situated in Devon.

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