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Camilla Le May MA (Hons)

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Sculptor Camilla Le May MA (Hons)
Camilla Le May with her bronze life size Sefton

About Camilla Le May

Camilla had a passion for clay modelling from her early teens but it was only after encouragement from the late Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, on a Masterclass that she decided to sculpt full time. Her work has been exhibited by established galleries since 2000 and bought by private collectors worldwide, recently being acquired for a Royal collection overseas. Elected as an Associate member of the Society of Equestrian Artists, she has won awards from the British Sporting Art Trust, the Society of Wildlife Artists and been shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year. Her sculptures range from tiny silvers to monumental, life size work such as her bronze of Sefton, commissioned for the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and recently visited by HRH The Princess Royal. Camilla was the inaugural Artist in Residence for the RVC where she gave workshops, attended dissections and received expert veterinary critique on her sculptures and had access to the RVC structure and motion lab research: “...this gave me a more thorough understanding of anatomy and gait in different species and encouraged a deeper level of observation, which has been invaluable.” Her work is modelled in clay or wax and then cast into bronze. Having worked at a bronze foundry she is very particular about the finish, doing all the waxwork, final chasing and many of the patinas herself. Her love of animals was initially fostered by growing up on her parents’ small farm and by spending her youth competing on home produced horses. In the last 15 years she has spent much time in Africa and spends some months each year in Kenya where she sculpts directly from life: “…this way I am able to better research my subjects anatomy and behaviour, which I find fascinating. I am increasingly moving towards sculpting individuals rather than a generic species type. This is enabled by living on conservancies where I get to know particular animals." Camilla has raised through her sculptures approx £45,000 for various charities including:- Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya through Tusk Trust, Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, The Household Cavalry Foundation and Retraining of Racehorses. COMMISSIONS INCLUDE: Sefton, life size for the Royal Veterinary College Portrait bust of an ANC activist, the late Gert Sibande for Secunda Municipal Chamber. Polo pony bust: Trophy for the best thoroughbred polo pony of the year presented at the Cartier International Polo Tournament and for Michaelhouse v Hilton old boys tournament, S.Africa. Numerous dog and horse portraits

Exhibition History of Camilla Le May

2015:
The Osbourne Studio Gallery London.
The Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
Art Parks Sausamez Manor Guernsey.
Wing Gallery Wadhurst, East Sussex
Chisholm Art Gallery New York.
Rountree Tryon Galleries 7 Bury St, St James`s, London.
Pashley Manor

2014:
David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year The Mall Galleries, London, 3rd-7th June
Rountree Tryon Galleries 7 Bury St, St James`s, London.
Art Parks Sausamez Manor Guernsey
Wing Gallery Wadhurst, East Sussex
The Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa. Exhibiting selected pieces all year.
Pashley Manor Ticehurst, East Sussex
Chisholm Art Gallery New York
The Osbourne Studio Gallery London.

2013:
Rountree Tryon Galleries London.
Art Parks Sausamez Manor Guernsey.
Pashley Manor Ticehurst, East Sussex. Sculpture show and selected works
The Russell Gallery London. Exhibiting selected pieces in gallery and at Art fairs
Chisholm Art Gallery New York.
The Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
Wing Gallery Wadhurst, East Sussex.

2012:
Dark Horse Gallery Mayfield, East Sussex. Exhibiting selected pieces.
The Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Exhibiting selected pieces.
Rountree Fine Art London. Exhibiting selected pieces in gallery and at various art fairs.
The Russell Gallery London. Exhibiting selected pieces in gallery and at Art fairs
Pashley Manor Ticehurst, East Sussex. Sculpture show: 26th May-5th June and selected works all Summer.
The Queens Jubilee Equestrian Pagaent Royal Windsor Horse Show. Sefton Maquette on display in Royal Box.
Art Parks Sausamez Manor Guernsey.

2011:
Crake Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa. Exhibiting selected pieces.
Dark Horse Gallery Mayfield, East Sussex. Exhibiting selected pieces.
Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Exhibiting selected pieces.
Rountree Fine Art London. Exhibiting selected pieces in gallery and at various art fairs.
Russell Gallery London. Exhibiting selected pieces in gallery and at Art fairs.

2010:
Ackermann Fine Art Knightsbridge, London. Exhibiting selected pieces all year.
Crake Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa. Exhibiting selected pieces all year.
Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Exhibiting selected pieces all year.
Pashley Manor East Sussex. 1st Apr-30th Sept.Exhibiting selected pieces.
Rountree Fine Art London. Exhibiting selected pieces all yearin various mixed shows.
Russell Gallery London. Exhibiting selected pieces all year in gallery and at Art fairs.
Olympia Art Fair London. Mare and Foal, Rountree Fine Art stand, Olympia 2010.

2009:
Pashley Manor Sculpture Exhibition East Sussex.
Russell Gallery London. Exhibiting selected pieces all year in gallery and at Art fairs.
Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition Mall Galleries, London. March.
Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa. Exhibiting selected pieces all year.
Crake Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa. Exhibiting selected pieces all year.
The Kowalsky Gallery New to DACS exhibition, London.
Ackermann&Johnson Knightsbridge, London. Exhibiting selected pieces all year.
The Society of Equestrian Artists Annual Exhibition The Mall Galleries, London.
Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition Mall Galleries, London.
Art for Youth London The Mall Galleries, London. 7th- 8th Oct. Purchase tickets for private views 7th&8th Oct, contact Ann Mavroleon artforyouth@ukyouth.org.
Rountree Fine Art London, Winter Art and Antiques Fair at Olympia and various mixed shows.
Obsidian Art Bucks, "Out of Africa"

2008:
Pashley Manor Sculpture Exhibition East Sussex.
Crake Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ackermann and Johnson Knightsbridge, London.
Art for Youth Exhibition Mall Galleries, London.
Russell Gallery Christmas show
Chelsea Art Fair, London

2007:
Society of Equestrian Artists Exhibition Mall Galleries, London.
Singita Lebombo Private Game Lodge Kruger Park, South Africa.
Pashley Manor Sculpture Exhibition East Sussex.
Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
Crake Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
Carina Haslam Autumn Show, London.
Byard Art Christmas show, Cambridge.
Ackermann&Johnson Knightsbridge, London.

2006:
Singita Lebombo Private Game Lodge Kruger Park, South Africa.
Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
Crake Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
Byard Art Cambridge.
Affordable Art Fair London, (October).
Ackermann&Johnson Knightsbridge, London.

2005:
Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
Compton Cassey Galleries Nr Cheltenham.
Cherie De Villiers Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
August Gallery Brenchley. Kent.
Ackermann&Johnson Knightsbridge, London.

2004:
Nedcor Sandton Johannesburg, South Africa.
“Gauteng Gold”, Art of Africa Gallery High Wycombe, Near London.
Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
Compton Cassey Summer Exhibition Nr Cheltenham.
Cherie De Villiers Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Game Fair Blenheim.
Art London, Olympia Art Fair, London Art Fair London.
Compton Cassey Galleries Nr Cheltenham.
African Easel Gallery Kasane, Botswana.
Ackermann&Johnson Knightsbridge, London.

2003:
St Leonards Mayfield School Appeal Fund Exhibition UK.
Holland and Holland Paris.
Frank Sabin Summer Exhibitions at various country houses UK.
Frank T Sabin London.
Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
Christies Sporting Art Sale London.
“Art through the home”, Inyanga Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.

2002:
Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition Mall Galleries, London.
Purdeys Gunsmiths London.
M.D.I.R. Fund Celebrity Polo Match&auction Hurtwood Park, UK.
Holland and Holland Paris.
Frank Sabin and Summer Exhibitions at various country houses UK.
Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.

2001:
St Leonards Mayfield School Appeal Fund Exhibition UK.
Holland and Holland Paris&New York
Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition Mall Galleries, London.
Frank T Sabin London.
Everard Read Gallery Exhibition at The Kurland Club, South Africa.

2000:
Singita&Exeter Private Game Lodges Sabi Sands Reserve, South Africa.
Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition Mall Galleries, London.
Holland and Holland London&New York
Frank T Sabin Winter Exhibition London.

1999:
St Leonards Mayfield School Appeal Fund Exhibition UK.
Chelsea Art Society Annual Exhibition London.

The polo pony bust as trophy

Artist Statement of Camilla Le May

Anatomy is as important as getting to know and capturing something typical of the animal`s behaviour and character. For this life study is key and ideally from the animal`s natural environment. I do at times refer to animals in captivity but this is in addition to study in the wild.

I am particularly fascinated by animal behaviour and am continually delighted and surprised by wonderful and unexpected interactions between species and by the strong bonds seen between related and non related wild animals. I am keen to record this in my work and through this to build awareness and appreciation that animals are feeling, sentient and complex beings with an intelligence and understanding that tends to be much underrated by man.

Awards and Prizes of Camilla Le May

2007: The British Sporting Art Trust Sculpture Award - Highly commended.
1999, 2000 and 2001: Three Society of Wildlife Artists Bursary Awards.
2000: Stephen Mounier Bursary Award.
1995: Baldwin Brown Scholarship Award, Edinburgh University.
1993: Independent Schools travel award.
1993: Lorenzo de Medici Scholarship, Florence 1993

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Camilla Le May

Work is in various private art collections in: Argentina, France, Italy, Kenya, Monaco, Singapore, South Africa, U.K. and U.S.A. and has been bought by the following art collectors: Sir Tim Chessells, Hon. J. Donovan, Markus Jooste (South Africa), Harvey Keitel (USA), Anthony Oppenheimer, John N Rose (Monaco), Mary Slack (South Africa), Tommy Sopwith, Sir Jeremy and Lady Sullivan, Mr and Mrs Charles Whitbread, Mark Willcox (South Africa), Sir Charles Williams, Barbados.

Commissions:
2014 Portrait of Tam a thoroughbred mare.
2012 Sefton, Life size for the Royal Veterinary College. See Blog for full story.
2009 Portraits of two Golden Retrievers for Caroline and John Wild.
2008 Tibet, Anglo Arab cross Warmblood mare for Jane Halhead.
2007 Flossie, King Charles Spaniel for Teresa Birtles.
2005 Twyford Florin (Champion Welsh pony) ridden Side Saddle for Edwina Le May.
2004 Portrait bust of the late Gert Sibande for Secunda Municipal Chamber, South Africa.
2004 Cindy&Gizmo, Two Dachshunds, for Mike Halhead.
2004 Speedy, thoroughbred polo pony for trophy for Michaelhouse versus Hilton old boys polo tournament, Inanda Club Johannesburg. Later editions sold for trophy for the best thoroughbred polo pony of the year presented at the Cartier International Polo Tournament.
2001 Jasper, Golden Retriever for Sylvie Kahn Freund.
2001 Woodsorrel, Welsh pony for Camrosa Equestrian Ltd.
1999 Jody, Hungarian Vizla for the late Edwin Parish MBE and Nicholas Parish.
1999 Hare for People`s trust for Endangered Species.

Camilla is dedicated to raise as much funds as posible, mainly for wildlife conservation, through charity auctions of her work as well as donating back a % from private sales. Approx £46,000 has been raised to date, supporting various charities:- Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Tusk Trust., Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Save the Rhino, The Perfect World Foundation, The Household Cavalry Foundation, and Retraining of Racehorses

Reviews of work by Camilla Le May

2014 West Sussex County Times
2014 The Field
2014 BBC News
2014 Belfast Telegraph
2013 Business Daily Africa
2013 The Lady
2013 Country Life
2013 The Courier
2013 Horse and Hound
2013 BBB News
2013 BBB News
2013 Free News Posts
2013 The British Army
2013 This is Devon
2013 London Times 24
2013 WH Times
2013 Yorkshire Post
2013 BBC News South East
2013 Horse Talk New Zealand Online
2013 Newmarket Journal
2013 Elite Equestrian
2013 The Leicester Mercury
2013 The BBC
2013 The Mail Online
2012 BBC
2012 Belfast Telegraph
2012 The Northern Echo
2012 Brighton Argus
2012 Sussex Radio and Meridian TV news
2012 Metro Scotland
2012 The Metro
2012 The Irish Newsletter
2012 The Scottish Herald
2012 Yorkshire Post
2012 The Belfast Telegraph
2012 The Royal Veterinary College Website page on Sefton
2012 Sunday Telegraph Arts Feature on the Sefton project
2012 International Thoroughbred, Art Feature.
2012 The British Sporting Art Trust Newsletter.
2009 Country Life.
2009 The British Sporting Arts Trust Newsletter.
2008 Country Life.
2007 The British Sporting Art Trust Newsletter.
2007 Weekly News, UK.
2007 BBC News online.
2004 Africa Geographic.
2004 Articles in various local papers in Jo`burg.
2004 Radio 702 SA FM with Boo Prince, Jo`burg.
2004 BBC Radio 4 "Bush Lessons".
2003 South African Country Life.
2003 South African Country Life.
2003 Designer&Artists Copyright Society Newsletter.
2003 South African Country Life.
2002 SA Millionaire.
2002 South African Country Life.
2001 Animal Planet (TV), featured in series with Chris Packam and Michaela Strachan.
2000 Business and Arts South Africa News.

Qualifications / Education of Camilla Le May

1998-99 Middlesex University: Sculpture Year 1 (BA). Sponsorship bursary.
1997-98 Chelsea College of Art and Design: BTEC in Fine Art, merit/pass. Four bursaries.
1993-97 The University of Edinburgh: History of Art, M.A. Hons. 2.1
2009 Portraiture Masterclass with Brian Taylor, Society of Portrait Artists. 2005 Portraiture course with Mark Richards. 2005 Portraiture course with Suzie Zamit. 98-99 Kensington and Chelsea College: Figure and Portrait Sculpture with Stuart Williamson.
1996 Edinburgh College of Art: Masterclass with the late Sir Eduardo Paolozzi - my sponsor was Sir Angus Grossart.

Teaching Experience

2010/11 Extra Curricular Sculpture Workshops for Royal Veterinary College students.
2009 Workshop for Bow Arts Trust, London.
2004 Private sculpture lessons for adults at Gillian Bickell Ceramics, Johannesburg.
2004 Sculpture workshops for Imbali Community Art Centre, Kaghiso, S.Africa. Taught ages 16-18 and advised on improvements at the studio to encourage learning and motivation.
2001-03Weekly private art, sculpture/ pottery lessons, children aged 5-14, Waterberg S. Africa
2001-03: Nedcor art in the community project for the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO), S.Africa, voluntary teacher/project coordinator, solely responsible for the project.

Price Range of Work

Camilla Le May's work has a price range from £330 to £6,000

Mediums utilised

Camilla Le May's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Camilla Le May's work is found in the following categories on site:
Small Animal Sculptures (20)
African Animal and Wildlife Sculptures (19)
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures (19)
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures (19)
Endangered Animal Species Sculptures (12)
Pet and Animal Portrait Custom or Bespoke or Commission Commemorative or Memoriaql sculpture statue (7)
Young Animal Bird, Reptile or Amphibian and possibly Insects Statues (7)
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess (7)
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues (7)
Domestic Animal Sculpture (5)
Predators Carnivores Hunters Flesh Eaters Sculptures Statues statuettes carvings (5)
Rhino and Rhinoceros Hippo and Hippopotamus sculpture statue statuette (5)
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures (5)
Horses Small, for Indoors and Inside Display Statues statuettes Sculptures figurines commissions commemoratives (4)
Adult with Young Animal Bird, Reptile or Amphibian, Fish Statues (3)
Cats Wild and Big Cats Sculpture (3)
Pigs, Sows, Boars, Hogs, Piglets Sounders Sculptures or Statues (3)
Dogs Sculpture (3)
Polo Pony and Pony sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine / ornament Portraits Commissions Memorials (2)
Horse Head or Bust or Mask or Portrait sculpture statuettes statue figurines (2)
Farm Yard Sculptures (2)
Wild Bird Sculptures (2)
Reptiles Sculptures and Amphibian Sculptures (2)
Champions Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (2)
Water Birds / Water Fowl / Seabirds / Waders (2)
Field Sports, Game Birds and Game Animals Sculptures (2)
Arctic and Antarctic Birds and Animals sculpture or statuettes or Statues (2)
Small bird Sculptures (2)
Penguins Puffins Auks Sculptures (2)
Animal Birds Fish Busts or Heads or Masks or Trophies For Sale or Commission (2)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (2)
Hares and Rabbits Sculptures (2)
Awards, Trophies, Presentations and Prizes Sculptures
Varietal Mix of Bird Sculptures or Statues
Insect Sculptures, to include Bees, Ants, Moths, Butterflies etc
Aquatic Sculptures Fish / Shells / Sharks / Seals / Corals / Seaweed
Elephants (Pachederms) Sculptures, African, Indian, Sumatran
Horse and Rider / Jockey Sculpture / Equestrian Sculptures
Wedding Anniversary Gift or Present Sculptures Statues statuettes
Primate / Apes Sculptures
Cattle, Kine, Cows, Bulls, Buffalos, Bullocks, Heifers, Calves, Oxen, Bison, Aurocks, Yacks
Extinct Animals Sculptures
Dogs Wild, Foxes, Wolves, Sculptures / Statues
Sign of the Zodiac
Precious Metal Precious stone Sculpture Statue Ornament Figurine Statuette
Sculptural Jewellery
Donkeys Zebras Mules Asses and Unicorns sculpture / statue
Horses Outdoors, Outside, Life Size, Big, Large, Huge Sculptures Statues memorials commissions custom made
Animals in General Sculptures Statues
Scarabs and Beetles Sculptures Statues statuette
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