There is absolutely no doubt that Jamie Vans' rich artistic family background has influenced his artistic development and encouraged and nurtured his creative talents.
Jamie Vans is the nephew of Sir Roger de Grey (1918-1995), a British born landscape and figurative painter, who was the president of the Royal Academy from 1984-1993 and who in 1996 the The Royal Academy held a memorial exhibition of his work. The Tate Gallery and the Arts Council both currently hold examples of his work in their collections.
He is the great nephew to Spencer Gore the son of the first Wimbledon champion, Spencer Walter Gore, who was the nephew of the bishop of London, Charles Gore. From 1896 to 1899 Spencer Gore studied at the Slade School and became friends with Harold Gilman. After visiting Sickert in1904, Gore developed an interest in French painting. On his return to London, he became a member of the Allied Artists' Association in 1908. He also joined the Camden Town group, serving as its first president in 1911.
He is also the cousin of Freddie Gore one of the Royal Academy's most senior members, Freddie studied at the Ruskin School while at Oxford in the 1930s and later at the Slade. His paintings adorn the walls of most public art galleries up and down the United Kingdom and his popular views of France have been widely reproduced.
A figurative sculptor Jamie Vans has developed a range of methods and techniques to create his increasingly abstract works. Vans' explains, "I use air tools a lot, which are little pneumatic hammers, like tiny road breakers, into which you put an ordinary stone carving chisel." Combining this approach with conventional tools traditionally associated with stone carving such as the hammer, mallet and chisel, he also uses abrasives and waxes to experiment with surface quality and texture. Adding, "I sometimes use abrasives, but like to leave some visible tool marks to give a livelier surface…"
Using a range of stone, from Alabaster, which is so soft you can scratch it with your finger nail, through to buildings stones such as Portland and Cotswold stone Jamie Vans specialises in stone sculptures, although he has more recently been experimenting in working with wood. "In my work I hope to explore the choice of varying stones, and the use of different carving techniques and tools." he says
Finding fascination with the human form Jamie Vans' particularly draws on the curvaceous shapeliness of the female form. "My work is based mainly on variations on the human figure which seems to me the most natural and beautiful subject for sculpture. It is a source of my constant interest." he adds
Born in Australia in 1950 his work is now held in private collections across the world, including the UK, Greece, Spain, South Africa, and the USA. He has completed numerous public and private commission amongst which was the public commission, 'The Millennium Stone' A sculpture for Stonehouse, commissioned by Stonehouse Town Council and was unveiled by Davis Crew MP in September 2001. His private commissions include, 'The Acrobats Brother', an over life sized Clipsham stone figure weighing just over two and a half tons, which was shipped and installed for a private collector in Los Angeles, America. Jamie Vans' has had numerous exhibitions across the United kingdom and abroad.
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