Just wanted to say that we both absolutely adore him - he is so beautiful and graceful and characterful… very very grateful indeed for this great piece of art.Emma Freud and Richard Curtis, London
Our stallion really is wonderful!John and Melanie Bishop, Cheshire
He has arrived. He is wonderful. A thing of beauty . Thank you. Best wishesAnon
Dear Andy, Oh, que bella!!!!! Fabulous! I can hardly tear my eyes away from the sculptures!!! It is incredible what you can do with metal!Rolfe Kuhn, Lubeck Germany
Hi Andy, Just wanted to let you know that your Alert Hind was the centrepiece at my husband’s birthday celebrations and he was absolutely thrilled!Amanda Cully, Gloucestershire
Our lake is now resplendent with your Stag; so pleased!Susan Gant, Wiltshire
Love the work Andrew; a rare talent.Chantelle Montefiore, Florence
All arrived safely to your schedule and are now grazing in the paddock.Peter White, Argyll
They look stunning Andy, well done.Mary Bettridge, Hampshire
So pleased; Simon will be delighted. Many thanks.Caroline Cloret, Geneva
Your Hind is watching us as we speak, so alert!Michael Winstanley, Dorset
I cannot recommend Andrew or his work highly enough. We are very proud of our trio of Sika. I must say they are also appreciated by their cousins who visit them from time to time; a very interesting site.The Viscountess Brookeborough
Andy, my wife absolutely loves him. I am so pleased and he is fabulous. All worked wonderfully and he is now commanding a fine position on the lawn. Thank you so much, he is a fantastic sculpture. He is so industrial yet full of lovely elegant detail. We are very impressed. Thank you to you and your wife for helping Clare’s day have such a super surprise....she has declared he is the best thing she has!Richard Golding, Buckinghamshire
Based in the north of England, Andrew Kay is an award winning sculptor whose work can be seen throughout the world.
From his studio set in the wild hills of his native county of Cumbria, Andrew creates sculpture that attracts widespread acclaim; his work being commissioned by both public bodies and private collectors. Drawing from the natural world for inspiration, the life size sculptures capture the powerful anatomy and essence of wild beasts using deceptively simple form and structure.
Andrew graduated from Leeds with a BA Hons in design in 1992. He then toured Scandinavia extensively on a travel scholarship. From this experience he acquired a respect of the pure, clean design ethos that is so apparent in Scandinavian design. Following a period as a set designer for The Franz Kafka Theatre in Prague he returned to England and established a sculpture studio near Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria in 1994.
I first choose a subject that appeals to me, predominantly animals native to Britain.
Then, with the help of anatomical drawings and photographs, I work up some preliminary sketches. Once happy with the form and posture, this is drawn up full size on a wall in the workshop.
Normally starting from the feet up, I offer cut lengths of steel up to the drawing and the sculpture starts to take shape as each piece is welded together.
The works are normally made in ¾ inch square solid steel bar. Each piece is cut roughly to size and then is cold forged in a press until the right shape is created.
There can be eighty or more components to a sculpture, and each specific piece needs to correlate with the next.