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April Shepherd is an established British sculptor producing highly expressive works exploring movement and the natural world. Her sensitive yet unsentimental animal studies have won her considerable acclaim, with the horse in particular being her main subject matter. Her concepts are often enriched by her love of literature, folklore and mythology.
April’s smoke fired horse series explores the idea of weightlessness; that through the expression of extreme and spontaneous movement, even a brawny animal like the horse can defy its intrinsic earthbound nature. Employing a variety of media including clay, bronze and resin, April attempts to push the boundaries of the materials she uses. Working entirely without armatures allows her to maintain full control of the evolving piece and energise the forms she creates.