I spent a number of years as a 'feral' child in Uganda during the late 50's & early 60's. Where, like many who have experienced the colonial 'bush,' my spare time was spent drawing, making gardens & generally trying to escape the schoolbooks that my parents had my aunt send out from England. To my eternal delight there was plenty of scope for escape!
After returning to the UK & after secondary education, I undertook a 'Foundation' year at 'High Wycombe College of Art.' I then went on to 'Birmingham School of Art' & studied 'Fine Art (Sculpture)' under Scottish expressionist William Gear & sculptors John Bridgeman, Steve Hurst & Barry Flanagan.
After Birmingham I was all set to go to 'The Slade' but instead chose to join the 'BBC' as a Set Designer; the idea of starving in a chilly garret held no allure!
After ten great years at the 'Beeb' I left & went freelance & during the next twenty or so years I designed nearly a thousand TV & cinema commercials & 'Pop Promos.'
The world turns & I am now fully engaged in pursuit of those images that excite & occupy my daily life.
I return to Africa frequently, where I have a home on the Kenyan coast. So animals & birds were a natural starting point for my re-entry into the world of sculpture & painting.
I have also a love of contemporary dance, so with some 'genetic engineering' & imagination some of my work is now producing some new & interesting images based on birds & animals.
From here, who knows where? But when as a child, you are woken by Elephant & Colobus monkeys shrieking outside your bedroom window & Lion are discovered sunning themselves close to the rear veranda, you can rest assured that animals & birds together with images of the wonderful humanity of the Swahili coast will continue to feature strongly in my work.
You can find more details on my web site & discover more about me & my work; including sculpture, paintings, sketchbook pages & works in progress. http://www.timdann.com