Ed Elliott is a sculptor currently based at Trumpet Corner, near Ledbury (West Midlands, UK). His work is predominantly composed of large scale figurative sculpture, often made with a specific site in mind. His sculptures, most often carved from tree trunks, sit comfortably on the boundary between highly skilled craft and fine art. A balance of public and private commissions as well as a self driven body of work enables Elliott to work full-time as an artist, constantly exploring new themes and developing techniques.
Ed has won national acclaim with a number of National Trust commissions, including a striking wooden angel figure with a 14ft wingspan, exhibited at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire which is now in a prestigious public collection in Essex. More recently his response to the military history of Hughenden Manor, as artist in residence at the High Wycombe estate, initiated the 'Watchmen' series.
Working figuratively is a very direct way of communicating with the public. I think everyone, regardless of nationality or background, can relate to the human form. I have devoted the last three years to working in wood and I now enjoy combining traditional methods with the use of other materials.
I often works on designs for specific sculptural projects, then find the material to suit. This can be a time consuming process. On occasions, however, the process is reversed, finding the material first and instinctively finishing the form within.