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Sculpture Park Auction - Shaping The Future

This spring we are delighted that Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers are presenting selected contents from The Sculpture Park in a dedicated online timed Sculpture Park Auction of over 400 works.

Sworders Auction The Sculpture Park Shaping The FutureThe dedicated auction of modern and contemporary outdoor and indoor sculpture runs online from April 26 - May 19 2024, with viewing available at The Sculpture Park itself. The auction offers just a part of the vast collection of thousands of pieces assembled over 20 years by artist, collector and dealer Eddie Powell and compromises around 430 lots, with estimates ranging from £200-300 to £400,000-600,000.

Eddie Powell The Sculpture Park Shaping the Future with Sworders Auctioneers of Fine Art“The Sculpture Park is the best business I have ever had,” says entrepreneur Eddie, who moved to Surrey from his native south Wales to study at West Surrey College of Art and Design, as a student in the seventies. Since then, he has developed a hardware store into a successful Interior Design business, specialising in bathroom and kitchenware, as well as ventures in the Hotel and Leisure industry. His passion for the arts came to fruition however when, in 1997, he purchased 10 acres of undeveloped land, with a view to realise his personal masterpiece. A few years later, he had created a magical arboretum and water garden with two miles of pathways and an interior gallery to establish the perfect setting for viewing – and buying – outdoor and indoor sculpture.

Stag by Dido Crosby at The Sculpture Park Image by Bournemouth News

Over the past 20 years, The Sculpture Park has become a popular open-air visitor attraction, a favourite Instagram destination and a successful e-commerce business boasting the largest collection of Modern and Contemporary sculptures in the country.

Oscar walking past an Elephant Sculpture at The Sculpture park churt Image by Bournemouth News

In his mid 70s, Eddie continues to buy pieces for the park and its 365-day-a-year art exhibition. The proprietor’s eye is the single thread that ties together an incredibly diverse array of living and past artists. However, having handed much of the day to day running of the business over to his daughter; Sian and son; Oscar, he is hoping an auction will rationalise his holdings and create space. All the pieces in sale have been carefully selected by him.

The Sculpture Park team Image by Bournemouth News

As Eddie remains a proud Welshman, pride of place goes to a dragon that weighs 18.9 tonnes and is fashioned from 152,000 iron horseshoes. It was made by artist and self-taught welder Jim Poolman with the help of a scaffold, a forklift and horseshoes provided by farriers from across Hampshire.

Jim Poolman with his Horseshow DragonEddie recalls that he had rejected Poolman’s previous work for not being big enough for the Sculpture Park. He, half joking, suggested he make a dragon and,  12 years later, Jim returned with this piece, titled Final Throes of Dragon Tableaux, that measures 14m long! An icon of park since its completion in 2017, it doubles as a tribute to former Prime Minister Lloyd George who lived on the Bron y De estate in Churt after leaving Downing Street in 1922. It’s the highest-estimated lot in the sale at £400,000-600,000.

Dragon by Jim Poolman at The Sculpture Park shaping the future auction with Sworders Image by Bournemouth News

The Sculpture Park is primarily focused on the contemporary – and specifically works by up-and-coming names Eddie is keen to support. He still visits art degree shows and exhibitions looking for talent although increasingly he is approached directly by artists looking to display and sell their work. “It’s not a set process” he says. “It is primarily a matter of whether the piece will work in the park. If I think it will enhance the collection, I will accept it.” He estimates around half of the artists are British and half from overseas.

Freedom Fatboy Harley Davidson Bronze Sculpture Image by Bournemouth News

Jonathan Loxley (b.1960), who began his career making stage sets for film and theatre, is a favourite of both Eddie and his clients. He’s best known as the artist David Bowie commissioned to create a sculpture marking his marriage to Iman in 1993. There are several Loxley pieces in the sale including Nexus II, fashioned in zebrano marble on an enamelled aluminium base (estimate £5,000-8,000) and the unique marble Broken Stone (estimate £1,500-2,500).

Nexus by Jonathan Loxley at The Sculpture ParkAmong the overseas artists Eddie exclusively represents in the UK is Mexican sculptor Maria Bayardo (b.1963). Maria spent 20 years working in the entertainment industry before completing a master’s degree at Escuela Superior de Artes y Oficios in Toledo aged 43. She has since dedicated her life to art and her work has been widely exhibited. The park carries many of her works with a monumental pair of stylised bulls in corton steel offered by Sworders at £50,000-70,000.

Bulls by Maria Bayardo at The Sculpture ParkAmong the older lots in the sale are two monumental works by British 20th century sculptor Alfred Horace Gerry Gerrard (1899-1998). ‘Joy’, a 7m wide, three-sided Portland stone wall worked with linear and geometric motifs, dates from c.1965 and is guided at £300,000-400,000. The 5m wide ‘Dance’ a single-sided wall carved with stylised masks, from the same artist and era, is pitched at £100,000-200,000.

Beautiful Lady admiring Three-Sided Wall 'Joy' Image by Bournemouth News

Gerrard, who spent most of his career as Professor of Sculpture at the Slade, is thought to have made them using stone reclaimed from the old Euston train station which was demolished at the time. In 1960 the artist was awarded a silver medal from the Royal Society of British Sculptors for a similar project erected at London’s Abbey Wood Park.

Sworders Auction Catalogue for The Sculpture Park Shaping The FutureSworders Auction Catalogue for The Sculpture Park Shaping The FutureA printed catalogue of the Sculpture Park Auction is available. Visitors to The Sculpture Park can purchase a catalogue at reception, and those holding a catalogue can enter The Sculpture Park for no charge. All bids are to be made online at www.sworder.co.uk with the closing date being 6pm on Sunday 19th May.

Boxing Hares by Lucy Kinsella at The Sculpture Park Auction Shaping The Future with Sworders Image by Bournemouth News
Monumental Acrobat Sculpture One Man holding up another man Image by Bournemouth News
Bark by Jacob Edward Mufty at The Sculpture Park Image by Bournemouth News
Lifesize Bronze Elephant Sculpture Image by Bournemouth News


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