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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 at Edinburgh College of Art, that she decided to pursue sculpting seriously.

Her work has been exhibited by established galleries since 2000 and bought by private collectors worldwide, having been acquired for a Royal collection. 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 work ranges from silver jewellery to her monumental, life size bronze of Sefton, commissioned for the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and unveilled by HRH The Princess Royal. Camilla was the inaugural Artist in Residence for the RVC where she gave workshops, attended dissections, had expert critique on anatomy by vets and had access to the RVC structure and motion lab:

“...this has given me a more thorough understanding of anatomy and gait in different species and encouraged a deeper level of observation, which has been invaluable to the development of my sculpture practice.”

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 / wildlife and wilderness areas was initially fostered by growing up on her parents’ small farm and by spending her youth competing on home produced horses. She has spent much time based in Africa and presently splits her time between the UK and Kenya, wherever possible sculpting directly from life, ideally in the animal`s natural surroundings:

“…this way I am able to better capture my subjects anatomy and behaviour and I am increasingly moving towards sculpting individuals rather than a generic species type.”

To this end she has converted her land rover into a mobile studio so that she can sculpt from life in Kenya.

Camilla is dedicated to raise as much funds as possible, mainly for wildlife conservation, through charity auctions of her work as well as donating back a % from private sales. Over $71,000 has been raised to date, supporting various charities with two thirds being for wildlife and rhinos in particular. Charities supported include: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Tusk Trust., Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Wild Aid, Big Life Foundation, Tsavo Trust, Save the Rhino, The Perfect World Foundation, The Household Cavalry Foundation, and Retraining of Racehorses

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 including Golden Horn best turf racehorse of 2015.
Sculptor Camilla Le May MA (Hons)

Exhibition History of Camilla Le May

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, East Sussex

Previous years back to 1999 include:

David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year The Mall Galleries, London
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.
The Russell Gallery London. Exhibiting selected pieces in gallery and at Art fairs
Dark Horse Gallery Mayfield, East Sussex. Exhibiting selected pieces.
The Queens Jubilee Equestrian Pagaent Royal Windsor Horse Show. Sefton Maquette on display in Royal Box.
Crake Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa. Exhibiting selected pieces.
Ackermann Fine Art Knightsbridge, London. Exhibiting selected pieces all year.
Olympia Art Fair London. Mare and Foal, Rountree Fine Art stand, Olympia 2010.
Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition Mall Galleries, London. March.
The Kowalsky Gallery New to DACS exhibition, London.
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.
Obsidian Art Bucks, "Out of Africa"
Chelsea Art Fair, London
Singita Lebombo Private Game Lodge Kruger Park, South Africa.
Carina Haslam Autumn Show, London.
Byard Art Christmas show, Cambridge.
Byard Art Cambridge.
Affordable Art Fair London, (October).
Compton Cassey Galleries Nr Cheltenham.
Cherie De Villiers Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
August Gallery Brenchley. Kent.
Nedcor Sandton Johannesburg, South Africa.
“Gauteng Gold”, Art of Africa Gallery High Wycombe, Near London.
The Game Fair Blenheim.
Art London, Olympia Art Fair, London Art Fair London.
African Easel Gallery Kasane, Botswana.
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.
Christies Sporting Art Sale London.
“Art through the home”, Inyanga Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
Purdeys Gunsmiths London.
M.D.I.R. Fund Celebrity Polo Match&auction Hurtwood Park, UK.
Holland and Holland Paris&New York
Singita&Exeter Private Game Lodges Sabi Sands Reserve, South Africa.
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.

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.

Reviews of work by Camilla Le May

2016 Travel Africa
2016 Your Wadhurst
2016 The Sussex Courier
2016 The Kent Messenger
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 £6,500

Commissioning Work

This artist accepts commissions.
Do you need to work from life?

Ideally yes, but equally I can work just from photos.

How many sittings will you need and what do they entail?

If possible up to 4 sittings of 3-4 hours each over a period of approximately 8 weeks. I can either come to you or the sittings can be at my studio in East Sussex.

How much say do I have in the pose and the sculpture?

You can have as much or as little say as you would like. I normally expect to discuss

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:
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures (21)
African Animal and Wildlife Sculptures (21)
Small Animal Sculptures (20)
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures (19)
Endangered Animal Species Sculptures (13)
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess (8)
Pet and Animal Portrait Custom or Bespoke or Commission Commemorative or Memoriaql sculpture statue (8)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (7)
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues (7)
Rhino and Rhinoceros Hippo and Hippopotamus sculpture statue statuette (6)
Young Animal Bird, Reptile or Amphibian and possibly Insects Statues (6)
Animal Memento happy Reminder sculpture statue statuette (5)
Domestic Animal Sculpture (5)
Predators Carnivores Hunters Flesh Eaters Sculptures Statues statuettes carvings (5)
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures (4)
Elephants (Pachederms) Sculptures, African, Indian, Sumatran (4)
Horses Small, for Indoors and Inside Display Statues statuettes Sculptures figurines commissions commemoratives (4)
Dogs Sculpture (3)
Pigs, Sows, Boars, Hogs, Piglets Sounders Sculptures or Statues (3)
Arab and Warm Blood Horse sculpture Statues stauettes Busts and Heads (3)
Adult with Young Animal Bird, Reptile or Amphibian, Fish Statues (3)
Cats Wild and Big Cats Sculpture (3)
Field Sports, Game Birds and Game Animals Sculptures (2)
Penguins Puffins Auks Sculptures (2)
Horse Head or Bust or Mask or Portrait sculpture statuettes statue figurines (2)
Arctic and Antarctic Birds and Animals sculpture or statuettes or Statues (2)
Reptiles Sculptures and Amphibian Sculptures (2)
Sculptural Jewellery (2)
Champions Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (2)
Polo Pony and Pony sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine / ornament Portraits Commissions Memorials (2)
Animal Birds Fish Busts or Heads or Masks or Trophies For Sale or Commission (2)
Small bird Sculptures (2)
Frogs Toads, Newts, Salamanders and Amphibians (2)
Hares and Rabbits Sculptures (2)
Wild Bird Sculptures (2)
Water Birds / Water Fowl / Seabirds / Waders (2)
Horse and Rider / Jockey Sculpture / Equestrian Sculptures
Primate / Apes Sculptures
Cattle, Kine, Cows, Bulls, Buffalos, Bullocks, Heifers, Calves, Oxen, Bison, Aurocks, Yacks
Extinct Animals Sculptures
Insect Sculptures, to include Bees, Ants, Moths, Butterflies etc
Varietal Mix of Bird Sculptures or Statues
European Animals Birds Reptiles Sculptures Statues statuettes
Farm Yard Sculptures
Wedding Anniversary Gift or Present Sculptures Statues statuettes
Precious Metals Animal Sculptures Statues statuettes ornaments
Precious Metal Precious stone Sculpture Statue Ornament Figurine Statuette
Horses Outdoors, Outside, Life Size, Big, Large, Huge Sculptures Statues memorials commissions custom made
Donkeys Zebras Mules Asses and Unicorns sculpture / statue
Sign of the Zodiac
Dogs Wild, Foxes, Wolves, Sculptures / Statues
Asian Animals Reptiles Insects or Birds Sculptures or Statues
African Art Sculpture Statuary
Jewellery Inspired by Sculpture
Scarabs and Beetles Sculptures Statues statuette
Awards, Trophies, Presentations and Prizes Sculptures
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