Born in Buckinghamshire, Dominic Welch did not have any formal training in sculpture. Instead, having placed a speculative advert looking for an apprenticeship, he was fortunate to meet the sculptor Peter Randall-Page RA. He worked as an assistant for Peter for ten years, learning the craft of carving whilst developing his own ideas. He has worked independently for fourteen years, exhibiting in the UK, Australia, the USA and Japan. He lives and works in Devon.
Dominic’s purity of form invokes natural harmonies that calm the senses and spark the imagination. The subtle curves belie the hard, stubborn stone beneath. Drawing his designs directly onto the stone by hand, Dominic pays minute attention to each curve, line and finish. In their formal simplicity and directness, Dominic’s sculptures create a unique and mesmerising visual experience.
I’m quite haphazard about the way I find the form – complete by eye with little measuring. There’s no real knowing what’s right, but you get to a point where you think, ok that works.