Alison Bell is a fantastic Scottish sculptor, working in bronze and stone, and is very well known for her 'Wee Souls' range of limited edition sculptures.
Alison spent a year at Glasgow School of Art & has a degree in Modern History and Politics from the University of Glasgow. Her training came from her time at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios in the 1990s, learning traditional skills alongside established artists, and she was elected to the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1997.
Alison says of her work: "I try to make work that touches the free spirit in us, most often through memories of childhood. I’m drawn to the times when we lived and played in our own imagination, unobserved, scaling fortresses & standing on the ramparts as kings of the castle. Or sometimes just quietly inventing our own worlds.
My work is essentially figurative and rooted in my early practice as a portrait sculptor. But while the truth of the figure is important to me, my aim is to evoke the moment - the energy, the glee, our curiosity, the tenderness in our hearts.
I work freely & quickly in wax, observing & remembering, and then refine each piece before casting in bronze."