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Jon Edgar AFS MSc (Lond) BSc (Exeter) b. 1968
British artist using improvisation in his practice, which tends to the figurative.

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The Bodleian Library – Portrait of Sir Roy Strong
Royal College of Art – Portrait of Emeritus Professor Glynn Williams
Stroud Museum and Art Gallery – Portrait of Lady Philippa Scott and works from ‘Gloucestershire period’
Lord’s Piece, Sussex
Highwood Village, Horsham Sussex
The Cartshed charity, Herefordshire
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge
National Trust, Hindhead
National Trust, Slindon
Lewes, Southover Grange Gardens
University of Surrey
University of Bristol
Cass Sculpture Foundation
Scott Polar Research Centre, University of Cambridge
Museum of South Georgia, South Atlantic
Fittleworth parish


South Downs Showcase – 200 Years of Creativity around Lodsworth, Petworth and Midhurst (2021) Beckingham, P. ,Lodsworth Heritage Society, 2021 ISBN 978-1-3999-0626-5

Turning The Boat For Home – A Life Writing About Nature (2019) Mabey, R. Penguin ISBN 978-0701181086 – an account of the portrait sitting and patination of bronze (Prologue X-XII)

Decadal poems (2014) Blythe, R. Enitharmon Press ISBN  978-1-907587-81-8 (portrait head of Blythe in frontispiece)

In the Artist’s Garden: A Journal from Wormingford  Blythe, R. (2015) Canterbury Press ISBN: 9781848258075 (account of head sitting)

Stour Seasons: A Wormingford Book of Days Blythe, R. (2016) Canterbury Press ISBN: 9781848258846 (account of head)

Forever Wormingford (2017) Blythe, R. Canterbury Press ISBN: 9781786220271 (revision of the 2015 publication)

Sculptors 1986-2016 Purkiss, A.K. (2017) Miriquidi Books ISBN 978-0-9934111-2-0; foreword by Peter Murray’s Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Adrian Glew, archivist at Tate Gallery

Faces of the South Downs – Portraits of a Landscape Purkiss, A.K. (2015) Miriquidi Books ISBN 978-0-9934111-0-6 online here

Portraits of British Artists – Artists’ Photo Diary 2021”, Purkiss, A. K. (2021) ISSUU online here  p.68

The Arts Society Heads Up! portrait sculpture project with 100 children
working at Lord’s Piece, Sutton from 2021-3

Young Arts grant-aided communal portrait head project at Bury School, West Sussex with Y5/6
filming for new online sculpture course, The Edward James Foundation, West Dean College

abandonment of social media

commencement of the Horsham sculpture – Highwood Village (Berkeley Homes)

sourcing of the Horsham stone at Portland
commission – ‘Nature Cure’ limewood sculpture, The Cartshed

‘Out of Nature’ residency, Herefordshire

A posthumous bust of ‘Capability’ Brown for Tercentenary celebrations

‘Out of Nature’ Residency and Exhibition; Herefordshire October 2015
working on NT Slindon stone
portrait: Niall Kilgour CB
invited sitter: John Hurd

commencement of National Trust Slindon ‘Rise of Northwood’ stone
completion of the Pulborough stone ‘Trisantonis’
sitter: Ronald Blythe, Suffolk

public sitting with live feed; Clare Lilley, YSP 31Oct/1 Nov
exhibition: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 14 Sep – 3 Nov: The Sculpture Series Heads
invited sitter; Charles Saumarez Smith CBE
sitting for Environment Series; Dame Fiona Reynolds
launch of Hindhead stone
The Lightbox Gallery and Museum; Woking; 17 July – 18 August: The Sculpture Series Heads
public portraiture sitting, YSP; 31 Oct – 1 Nov
partnership with RSPB Pulborough Brooks for stone to be carved in public in South Downs National Park area

Commission for A3D – Hindhead Heritage Lottery-funded Project, as sculptor for the final ‘legacy’ work
Group Show: Jozeshow ‘12
Paper for Britannia: Journal of Romano-British Studies; A new sculpture of Iphigenia
Private bust commission

Solo Show: THE HUMAN CLAY; University of Surrey – 40 works (Nov-Dec)
Joint show: Petworth House Exhibition, September
Solo Show ‘Stripped’ supporting Russell Cotes Museum collection (April-Dec)
Scheduled teaching for Edward James Foundation Postgraduate Diploma in Sculpture; and short courses

EXHIBITION: Jozeshow 2010
profile interview with Fran Monks; ‘How to Make a Difference’
portrait of Sheila Healey
Commission of bronze head of Lady Scott for WWT Slimbridge
SOLO SHOW: Chawton House Library: Sculpture in the Wilderness – 20 works in the landscape
SOLO SHOW: Worthing Museum and Art Gallery exhibition: Carvings and Claywork – 45 works March-June
Sussex Life article May 2010
launch of University of Bristol portrait commission; Clifton Hill House

article in Jackdaw Nov/Dec 2009 – ‘Portrait Sculpture – A neglected form’
launch of ‘Memory and Desire – 30 Years in the Wilderness with Stephen Duffy and the Lilac Time’ film at Raindance Film Festival, Piccadilly (the portrait head features)
launch of Memory and Desire album – portrait head front cover and insert
October – portrait of Peter Randall-Page
July- portrait of Mat Chivers
selected as judge for Oxmarket Sculpture Competition, Chichester
March – Environment series portrait sitting, Tim Smit, Cornwall
February – Environment series portrait sitting, Professor Chris Rapley, Fittleworth
January – ‘Playful art’ – workshop sessions at Learning Through Landscapes National Conference, Birmingham

portrait of Wilfred Cass, Goodwood
unveiling of the nine Alan Thornhill bronzes along the Thames at Putney, London – a new permanent publicly accessible body of work
start of monthly stone carving study days at West Dean, to give impetus to developing sculptors
Asthall Manor onform 08 June
portrait bust of Graham Bedford

November – portrait sitting, James Lovelock
October – Scott bust on loan to Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Slimbridge foyer
Carse bust to Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge permanent collection
portrait sitting – Richard Mabey, Norfolk
Galerie Pelar – work in new St Ives Sculpture Garden
June – Reigate Grammar School Portrait course
Creative Partnerships project with Ashfield Park Primary School, Ross-on-Wye: Use of the creative mind in widening experience of the natural environment
portrait sitting – Lady Scott, Slimbridge
portrait sitting – moral philosopher Mary Midgley, Newcastle
bust of Duncan Carse to public collection, South Georgia, South Atlantic
new carving unveiled, Courtyard Theatre, Hereford as part of Jigsaw project
September – Hergest Croft, Sculpture in the Garden
July-November – Herefordshire JIGSAW sculpture/dance project
June/July – on form ’06 sculpture in Stone; Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire

West Dean college – solo exhibition of portraits and carvings (September – November)
portrait – Robin Edgar, Herefordshire – October
portrait – Sir Roy Strong, Herefordshire – September
portrait – Lionel Childs, Okehurst, West Sussex – September
portrait – Sarah Klaes, as part of 3 day sculpture workshop for BTCV, Bradlaugh Fields, Northampton – August
portrait ‘Six’ – Brook Felus, Herefordshire
Fresh Air 2005 Quenington, Gloucestershire – July
Shieldbrook Summer Sculpture, Herefordshire – June-Sept
Art London, Chelsea – June; Three recent stone carvings
portrait of an Irish Lady – Mrs Finola Rudd, Cheltenham
sculpture display for Garden History Society visit to Goodrich Court – June
work with The Fieldfare Trust on ‘Access for All’ design for British Waterways – June
1/6 bronze edition commissioned of Duncan Carse
2 day introductory sculpture course, Herefordshire – May
London Art Fair, Islington: Seven recent works – January
portrait – Christopher Frerk, Northamptonshire
Submission for Millfield Sculpture Commission 2005

Portrait – Duncan Carse, Polar Explorer and broadcaster
Portrait sketch – Stuart Wheeler
Interview: M.Beatrice Vanni; Università degli Studi di Milano
Sculpture in the Garden III, Hergest Croft Gardens, August/September
Portrait sketch – Sir John Harvey-Jones, MBE; Herefordshire
Shieldbrook Sculpture Summer Exhibition, Herefordshire
Sculpture ’04 Kingscote Park, Gloucestershire
Castle Arts Centre and Theatre, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Submission for Millfield Sculpture Commission 2004

Arts Council England award’Outreach Sculpture’ Project
Hereford Cathedral Bishop’s Palace Garden (Solo Exhibition)
Chelsea Flower Show 2003 (work in Silver Medal courtyard garden)
The Discerning Eye (ING Barings charitable trust) UK Sculpture bursary 2002-3
Foyer display piece; The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough
Hilliard Society of Miniaturists Annual Summer exhibition, Somerset
Atkinson Gallery/Millfield School Summer Sculpture Competition
Gold Gallery Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh
Bucks Art Week Preview, Olney
Alfred East Open, Kettering
Northamptonshire Open Studios Central exhibition
Denton Healing Garden sculpture
Campion School Sculpture/3D Design ‘A’ level lecture

The (former) Frink School of Figurative Sculpture; two year full time course
The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust bursary, 2001-2

countryside management and landscape projects

MSc. Landscape Design, Ecology and Management, University of London, Wye College
Dissertation considered the restoration of degraded ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes

BSc. Biology and Geography, Exeter University 1988-90