With a background in classical stone sculpture, Tom Waugh uses traditional materials and techniques to address contemporary themes of climate change and consumerism. Hyper-realistic sculptures, carved in minute detail, depict waste objects, discarded in the wake of human consumption. His series of Anthropocene fossils show everyday objects emerging from stones and boulders, evoking fossils of a future age and questioning our desire to control and manipulate the natural world.
I find it fascinating when sculpture has the ability to cause a shift in our perception, making us stop and look again at the things we take for granted.
Tom Waugh MRSS is a British sculptor who works in stone and marble. He has been an associate member of the Royal Society of Sculptors since 2018. In 2005 he gained a First in Architectural Stone Carving at the City and Guilds of London Art School and has spent time in India studying traditional carving techniques with the temple carver Raja Saceran. His carving can be seen on St Pancras Station, St Martin in the fields and St Georges Chapel, Windsor and his sculptures are exhibited widely and can be seen in the collections of Warwick University and Gladstone’s Library. Prizes he has won include the 2018 Rise Art Prize and the 2019 RWA Atkinson Exhibition Prize.