I have a passion for observing wild animals in their natural environment, and this is the primary inspiration for my art. Through my sculptures I strive to capture that fantastic feeling we experience when surrounded by nature, quietly observing wild animals going about their daily lives, unfettered by human interference.

– Anthony Smith –

Biography

Anthony Smith was born in Scotland in 1984 and grew up in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. He fell in love with sculpting whist at school in England and by the age of eighteen he was casting bronze wildlife sculptures and exhibiting in London’s famous Mayfair art district. His passion for Natural History inspired him to study Zoology at Cambridge University, and alongside his studies he developed his skills as a sculptor; casting, exhibiting and selling his limited edition bronze wildlife sculptures. Upon graduating in 2005 he set up his own sculpting studio and his reputation has continued to grow ever since. He now has a large body of work in both public and private collections all around the world.

Carefully observing wild animals in their natural environment provides the inspiration for all of Anthony’s wildlife sculptures. He travels for months at a time, to all seven continents of world, in search of the necessary knowledge and experience that informs his work. Combining detailed studies of anatomy and extensive observation of wildlife behaviour, he aims to capture the essential character and form of each subject.


 

Artist Anthony Smith working on bronze Gentoo Chick sculpture and photographing King Penguins in South Georgia

Preparing bronze ‘Gentoo Chick’ for patination / Photographing King Penguins in South Georgia.

 


Public Commissions

Anthony has been honoured with various high profile commissions and appointments, including life-sized statues for the Natural History Museum of London and Cambridge University, as well as a new two-pound coin for the United Kingdom. He has also been awarded Artist Residencies in both the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, where he has spent several months living alongside penguins, albatrosses and seals.

HRH Prince Philip unveiling Anthony Smith's statue of the Young Darwin for Christ's College Cambridge University

HRH Prince Philip unveiling Anthony Smith’s statue of the Young Darwin for Christ’s College, Cambridge University

 


A Life of Travel

Anthony gains the inspiration for his work through firsthand experiences of the world, its people and its wildlife. Travel is a crucial part of his work. He has travelled to the geographic North Pole, below the Antarctic circle, and many places in between. In 2009-10 he sailed around the world aboard the beautiful three-masted tall ship, Stad Amsterdam. This eight-month voyage was undertaken for a television documentary retracing Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle, and as a television presenter for this series, Anthony visited many remarkable places. He continues to spend several months each year visiting remote places, observing and photographing wild animals, and gathering the experiences and inspiration for creating his artworks in his Netherlands studio.

 

Anthony Smith Photographing Black-browed Albatrosses in the Falkland Islands on assignment for BBC Wildlife Magazine

Photographing Black-browed Albatrosses in the Falkland Islands on assignment for BBC Wildlife Magazine.

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