Drawing upon her love of Disney and memories of her childhood travels to Africa, Roxy Winterburn creates adorable stylised sculptures inspired by the animal kingdom.
As a child, Roxy accompanied her father – the sculptor Steve Winterburn – on his trips to Kenya. Here, she saw a baby hippo in the wild and visited elephants at an orphanage. This, combined with her love of Disney, sparked a passion for capturing the unique characters of animals. She is also inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and strong female figures like the Suffragettes.
After graduating with a first-class degree in chemistry with forensic science and toxicology, she set herself a one-year challenge to make it as an artist – ultimately attracting the attention of our publisher, Washington Green. Her debut collection, Circle of Life, is named after The Lion King and features circular forms to evoke happy emotions and symbolise how everything in life is connected.
An advanced open water diver, she has dived in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Egypt. She is also an award-winning powerlifter and is currently working towards getting her private pilot’s licence. She owns a 1968 VW Beetle named Pumpkin, whom she is lovingly restoring back to his former glory.
Roxy says: “It’s all about nature’s way of taking and giving back to the Earth. Animals are there for you no matter what. There is always a love there from both sides.”
Roxy creates all of her original sculptures at the family’s foundry. Although she occasionally creates a quick sketch of her idea, she often heads straight to the workshop to start bringing the sculpture to life.
She adds: “Each day in the workshop is different to the last. Some days I might be sculpting, and others I can be making lost-wax casts, welding or chasing the bronze works. I am able to do every part of the process, from the very start of sculpting to the final patinated bronze.”
Behind Roxy’s art is a fascination with the way the world works. Amazed by how changing just one molecular bond can alter a state, she uses her scientific knowledge to formulate her own patinas. Different heats and chemicals create a unique reaction that cannot be replicated. As a result, each of the studio editions has a unique finish. The colours are muted to reflect Roxy’s belief that art should be ever-lasting and live within the home.
Roxy Winterburn is a woman of many talents. A sculptor, first-class chemistry graduate, open water diver, record-breaking powerlifter and VW Beetle restorer, she is above all else a lover of animals. Her debut collection, Circle of Life, combines her childhood memories of Kenya and passion for Disney with a little scientific wizardry.
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