Dick Onians, MA (Cantab), Fellow of the Royal Sculptors Society and of the City & Guilds of London Art School, was a founder member of HVAF and initiated Hertfordshire Open Studios.
Having studied Classics & English at Cambridge University and teaching for a few years he went to the City & Guilds of London Art School to learn to carve. Since leaving there his career has been divided between making sculptures, teaching and writing. He has written two books on carving and has exhibited widely in the UK and elsewhere. His work is to be found in private and public collections. Most notably in Hertfordshire, he carved a huge walnut family group for the 50th Anniversary of the Borough of South Oxhey, he has a large stainless steel public commission at New Capital Quay, Greenwich and a bronze sculpture is currently being cast for Baltimore Wharf, Docklands, London.
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. In 2018, after 40 years teaching at the City & Guilds of London Art School, Dick is free to concentrate on carving the shapes he loves. He continues to exhibit annually with Hertfordshire Open Studios. Other commissions and sales are by direct application.
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