With a background in architecture, interior and furniture design, Philip Hearsay is a self-taught sculptor and specialise in sandcasting to make pieces which engage the quality of bronze as a noble material in its own right.
He cuts, carves, grinds or welds the cast bronze to create unique forms before invariably exposing the natural bronze or oxidising to produce the unique surface finishes that have always been an essential dimension of his work.
Bronze is eternal - yet malleable. In its natural state the tone and depth of colour is sublimely beautiful, yet the surface is endlessly receptive to the transformative effects of oxidisation.
He is intrigued by the surface and the alchemy of patination. Not because of any obsession with technique which is difficult to master, but because of the challenging possibilities and the unpredictability of the outcome. The colouring is not a surface coating: It is fundamental, it is the surface.
He lives and works on the Welsh borders of Herefordshire - a beautiful place, still remote and largely unaltered, landlocked and very slow in change. The work created is deeply personal but it matters equally that the sculptures engage others to connect with the deep-rooted and instinctive appreciation of simple, universal forms that underpins his inspiration.
Sculpture is mostly of an intimate scale intended for interiors of home, office or hotel and comprises one-off pieces, variations in series or small editions. Occasionally pieces are made for the outdoors or are commissioned for special purpose.