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Little Sculptures of Big Authors

11 July 2013

Take a look at these!  Artist Guy Reid has created mesmerising small-scale sculptures of four of our most mesmerising storytellers: Philip Pullman, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt and Ian Beck.

Carved in lime wood, no more than two feet in height but extraordinarily life-like, with every tiny detail hand-painted, the figures are so realistic they seem – as Nick Sharratt says – ‘to be breathing’.  Or dreaming their books, perhaps.

Meet the collection in the DFB galleries

If you want to know how Guy does it, watch the short film by Margot Donkervoort: Little Me: Making Philip Pullman.

Guy Reid is a British artist who was born in Johannesburg in 1963 and grew up in London and Shropshire. After having completed his BA in Politics and History at North London Polytechnic in 1984, he began training as a classical carver and restorer, going on to work for the world-renowned Spink Workshop (now Arlington Conservation), where he completed work for institutions as varied as the Metropolitan Museum New York, the Getty Museum California, Harewood House and the Sir John Soane Museum London. He is considered to be one of the finest living carvers. To find out more about Guy's work visit Guy's website.