Dominic Grant, local artist and acclaimed sculptor, initiated the creation of a larger than life sized statue off George IV in 2018.
Dominic started to experiment with clay sculptures of his wife, son and daughter in the early 1980’s and his talent for sculpture was soon noticed. He was introduced to a foundry in Druten, Holland to the methods of casting his sculptures in bronze, using the lost wax method. He continues to use this traditional process for all his sculptures and finishes each work with the complicated process of colouring the bronze to create its individual patina which can take up to eight weeks to complete.
From 1970 to 1973, Dominic was greatly inspired when he was living in the beautiful surroundings of Trasteverie, in the old quarter of Rome and he began to develop a range of figurative bronzes capturing the essence of memories taken from his theatrical background and life experiences. Inspired by his love of movement and expression his work encapsulates the expressive emotion of the body, from a ballet dancer twirling a ribbon to his individual theatrical characters.
Dominic’s sculptures have been exhibited in Amsterdam, Marbella, Mayfair, Monte Carlo and Portafino. In 2005 he sculpted a bust of the beloved Bruce Forsyth which is on display at the world famous London Palladium. He was commissioned by Sony to create a bust of Barbara Streisand and also commissioned by sports giants O’Neill for whom he sculpted ‘The Surfer’...
In 2021 Ramsgate will be the recipient of this marvellous piece of work and will join the list of high profile European towns and cities which are proud to display his amazing work.
Dominic has been a full time resident of Ramsgate for over 12 years and loves living here. He says; “I have always been amazed by the lack of sculptures or statues we have around our town and felt we should celebrate the Harbour’s 200th Anniversary in a very big way”. George IV will stand approximately 14 feet high (4.27 meters) and will be seen and become, an integral part of the town’s heritage.
Dominic was keen to leave his own legacy to Ramsgate by donating all of his time and skills in creating this statue as a labour of love for his hometown. The statue will be permanently sited overlooking the harbour, so it can be enjoyed for generations to come.
The statue will be officially unveiled during a 3 day festival in 2021. The Ramsgate 200th Anniversary Festival will run on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of September.
Visit George in Arch 20. Military Road, until late summer 2020, when he will travel to a local foundry to be bronzed.
PLEASE NOTE – THIS WAS WRITTEN PRE COVID 19
UPDATES ON REVISED FESTIVAL PLANS TO BE ANNOUNCED, ONCE KNOWN
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