The Osborne Studio Gallery, Belgravia, is London’s most respected space for equestrian and wildlife art. It was founded in 1986 by lifelong racing enthusiast Geoffrey Hughes, launched by HRH Princess Anne, only British Royal Olympian.
British sculptor Tom Hiscocks works mainly in copper and stainless steel, also acrylic and wood. His subjects include powerful versions of farm animals including the bull and the pig, bareback circus riders, and intricate abstract shapes in steel, inspired by music and the rhythms of nature.
He creates his art in two workshops, both in the English countryside, one on an industrial scale, another for smaller pieces in a more intimate studio. He has adopted serious industrial tools such as 3D scanning, computers and laser cutting, alongside traditional techniques of sculpting in wax, welding and polishing.
Since boyhood, Tom Hiscocks has had a ‘passion for horses’. He spent the first years of his working life with racehorses – as a stable lad, assistant trainer and amateur jockey, learning from the grandest breeders and owners in the heart of English racing country.
Travels followed in Australia, America and Ireland working in what he calls ‘the stud side of the business. After a brief spell as commercial manager for an important British racecourse, his life in the racing world came to an end.
Tom Hiscocks has created an original, individual style. He explains ‘I have come to making most of my work in layers. I want my work to change as the angle of view changes.’
He works mainly in copper and stainless steel, also acrylic and wood, which he believes reflect the world we live in. For him acrylic and stainless steel have an intrinsic but unrecognised beauty. . He creates his pieces using industrial techniques at workshops in the English countryside.
He describes his working life as divided into three parts: first horseracing, second telecoms until he found his true metier in the third, sculpture. In 2009 he took a three-year course at the Cambridge School of Art, graduating with a first-class degree and the top prize in his year. He sells his work around the world. The steel sculpture Metamorphosis was created for an American business magnate.