Sculptor Sam Shendi honoured in contest

Sculptor Sam Shendi

A sculptor from the district has won a prestigious national arts award that means his latest piece will be displayed in London later this year.

Sam Shendi, who lives in Cowling, near Keighley, won the British Royal Society of Sculptors annual First@108 award for his colourful sculpture ‘Evolution’.

The success means the artist receives £10,000 to create a full-size sculpture of the piece, which will be displayed for three months in the forecourt of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in South Kensington, alongside an accompanying solo exhibition.

Egyptian born Mr Shendi, 38, who has lived in the area since 2000, hopes the win could mark his big break in the art world. The award is for sculptors trying to make a career out of their art.

Transmissions was the theme of the contest, and Evolution represents the transmission of energy through a person’s lifespan.

Mr Shendi created the sculpture of a hammer in Silsden and the statue in Sutton-in-Craven commemorating 300 years of Baptist worship.

His sculptures provide minimalist representations of the human form, and previous pieces have been displayed at numerous exhibitions in London.

Mr Shendi, who runs Kitchen Company Arabesque in Silsden, said: “I am really pleased. I’m trying to re-introduce minimalism. The sculpture is very minimalistic and quite funny. “A lot of people aren’t concerned with the art world, so I want to make art that even farmers in Yorkshire can appreciate. What I’m doing is new, but based on classical study.”

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