Richard Mossman is a figurative and portrait sculptor living in Bristol and working out of his studio 25 minutes down the road out into the North Somerset countryside. He began his creative career many years ago having completed a BA Hons in Art, then training as a stonemason in Bath. A few years working as a banker mason for a large masonry company in the west country followed, all the while carrying out sculptural/carving projects on the side.
In 2010 Richard decided to take his training further by attending the City and Guilds of London Art School to carry out a post graduate course in Historic Carving, during which he specialised in portrait and figure modelling and marble portrait busts. It was during this time that Richard was awarded the QEST scholarship. He says: " ...without the support of QEST and the Royal Warrant Holders Association, I simply would not have been able to take my career to that next level. Being a QEST scholar has already opened up many doors for me and I hope many more talented craftsmen and women will benefit from this amazing organisation."
Richards most recent projects include the modelling and carving of a life size portrait of HRH The Prince of Wales and portraits, amongst others, of Royal Shakespeare Company actor Edward Clayton. His work has been exhibited at the Society of Portrait Sculptors Annual Open Exhibition, the Royal West of England Academy's prestigious 100 Years of Royal Patronage exhibition and he has been part of a number of QEST exhibitions around the country, most memorably as part of the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace in July 2013.
Richard says " I can say wholeheartedly that my journey along the path to becoming an established figurative sculptor has been made so much easier having had the support of QEST, the debt of gratitude will last a lifetime."