Dick Onians, M.A. (Cantab), A.R.B.S., has been senior tutor in the woodcarving department at the City and Guilds of London Art School, Kennington since 1985. This is the only place in Britain where traditional carving is taught to degree level.
After a few years of teaching English he went to Kennington to study carving and sculpture under William Wheeler. Since 1968 he has exhibited his wood and stone sculptures in Britain and abroad and taught recreational classes near his home in Hertfordshire and elsewhere, particularly at Missenden Abbey, returning to teach at Kennington in 1978. For the City and Guilds Institute, he has pioneered a Creative Studies course in woodcarving to provide a structured course to part time students. He is a regular writer for the woodworking press and has written a book on carving techniques which was published in Spring, 1997.
Dick's work has covered the whole range of carving from traditional pieces in wood and stone to life size portraiture and abstract sculpture. The main body of his work is abstract as he prefers to invent new forms. Many pieces are concerned with concepts of the endlessness of time and space and regeneration. Most of his sculptures are carved in wood and some have been cast in bronze.