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Simon Keeley MA

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Sculptor Simon Keeley MA
Simon Keeley

About Simon Keeley

Initially Simon Keeley trained as a stone mason in York before studying stone carving at the London City and Guilds Art School, and then acquiring an MA in architecture at the University of East London. This background has given an architectural dimension to his work, which draws on the heritage of sacred architecture and the architecture of the human figure to create his carved stone pieces. He mainly produces original artworks, which he designs and carves in stone.
Sculptor Simon Keeley MA
Corbel Angel for Westminster Abbey-2006

Exhibition History of Simon Keeley

2015 - Henley Arts Trail
2014 and 2015 - Living Crafts, Hatfield House

2012 and 2013 – Featured Artist, Exhibition and Workshops - Art, Design and Innovation – Living Crafts – Hatfield House, Hertfordshire.

2012 and 2013 – Featured Artist – National Trust ‘Arts Month’ – Exhibition + Workshops, Clandon Park House

2010 and 2011 - Listed Property Owners Club – demonstrate/exhibit, Olympia, London

2011 – Featured Artist, Exhibition and Workshops -Art, Design and Innovation – Living Crafts – Hatfield House, Hertfordshire.

2011 - Featured Artist -Art and Design –Living Crafts –Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.

2011 – Featured Artist –Art and Design –Living Crafts – Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.

2009 - Art in Action –returning to demonstrate/exhibit, Waterperry gardens, nr.Oxford

2008 - Winchester Cathedral – demonstrating/exhibiting - Surrey Guild of Craftsmen.

2007 - Winchester Cathedral – exhibiting with Surrey Guild of Craftsmen.

2006 - Art in Action –selected to be in this great event, Waterperry gardens, nr Oxford 2006

2006 - Affordable Arts Fair, Battersea Park, London, Kaliedoscope Arts.,

2006 - Artists Trials and Tribulations exhibition, Pepperton Gallery, Selhurst.

2004/2005 - Carving work exhibited in the Pond Gallery, Clapham, London.

2006/2004/2003 - Affordable Arts Fair, Battersea Park, London.

2003 - Art for the Park, Cafe in the Park, Kennington Park.

2001 - Basquiat Selected Graduates Exhibition, Air Gallery, London

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Biography / CV of Simon Keeley

Having continued the family link to carving stone, my attraction to stone carving began with his life early in his career. While he was studying conservation and restoration in Lincoln, I developed a love on Lincoln cathedral, its architecture and fine carvings

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Artist Statement of Simon Keeley

Simon Keeley successfully mixes historic styled work, with contemporary designed letter carving and sculptural carving. ‘My heart will always be with historic interests and I think the best lessons are to be found in Simon successfully mixes historic styled work, with contemporary designed letter carving and sculptural carving. ‘My heart will always be with historic interests and I think the best lessons are to be found in work by the old masters’.

He has had important stone carving commissions around London, which he has designed and carved –involving historic settings, such as an heraldic plaque to celebrate the millennium for the Worshipful Company of Skinners.Various restoration carvings carved in stone and marble for Westminster Abbey and School.

A very impressive commission can be viewed on a historic façade
on a specialist clinic development on 120, Harley street in London. This
is an elaborate array of intricately carved ‘healing plants’ in Portland
limestone. Designed and carved by Simon, fitted in August 2009.

Public artworks, involving letter carving in various languages, in brick and stone with Fusion Arts/David Little in East Oxford in 2005 –‘Walkspace’. March 2008, sees me joining forces again with designer of the ‘Soundwaves’ project –David Little, working with the local community for a public area in Tower Hamlets, in East London. Here, as in at Oxford, he was responsible for producing contemporary styled letter carving in many languages, in Cumbrian slate bench tops.

Teaching - Simon began teaching stone carving at the Art Academy from April 2006 until the present day; for the last few years his courses have been fully booked. Simon has just started teaching in East London at St.John’s in Bethnal Green. He also runs very popular long term private classes at Windlesham, plus long term teaching at the prestigious West Dean college.

Radio and TV ; in 2009 Simon was interviewed by Radio 4 in Chichester Cathedral, in relation to ‘the Arundel Tomb’ in Chichester cathedral. In May 2010, he was filmed as a featured artist for ‘Kirstie’s Home Made Homes’, which has been aired a few times on channel 4.

Events – Simon will be appearing in his 4th year at Hatfield House 9th-13th May,
Art, Design and innovation -Living Crafts – selling out in previous years his highly popular ‘Stone carving Workshops’ for all the family at National Trust property Clandon Park -Simon is always happy to try workshops in historic houses or museums.

His last and most exciting commission was a half life sized figure of Saint Peter with keys, for a niche on St.peter’s church in Cockfield in Suffolk. This niche has been empty since the time of the reign of Henry VIII.

In 2011, Simon received The Gold Award –Craft and Design –Specialist Media
Category and in 2012 Simon returns to the winners podium to collect
The Silver Award –Craft and Design –Specialist Media category.

Do vote for Simon in the is year`s Craft and Design awards using the link below?

I am happy to discuss commissions of all sizes - with a particular interest at present for The Large Abstract - sculptural carving work that would suit a large garden, corporate space or church yard.

contact simon on - 07939 337 441

or e mail -

Website -

Awards and Prizes of Simon Keeley

2011 - Craft and Design Selected Award 2011 - Specialist Media - Simon was invited to Hatfield House Art and Design Event from 5th - 8th May this year where he exhibited the best of his commissioned work and ran short workshops for the public. He will be repeating this at the Blenheim Palace "Taste of Summer" event from 28th - 30th May 2011

Specialist Judge Miriam Rose awarded Simon a GOLD AWARD on behalf of Craft and Design Magazine.

2003 - Ray Finnis Trust Award - an experimental project in cast glass carved stone and metal. Exhibited MA Art in Architecture graduate exhibition September.

2001 - Letter carving prize - awarded by City and Guilds of London art school.

2000 - The Margaret Ballardie - Travel Award, specific aim, take measurements from one of the heads of Canovas 3 Graces, with the aim of modelling and carving one the the heads. In conjunction with a plaster conservation-restoration job of a damaged plaster cast of the 3 Graces.

1995 - The Marzain Trophy, for hard work and dedication to the stone masonary course York College


Training initially as a mason in York, working as a mason in Stamford. Then further high level training as a stone carver at the London City and Guilds art school. In 2003, I acquired an MA - art in architecture at the University of East London, this affected my mind set with the work that I went on to produce. My carving work is heavily affected by the architecture around it, the links to sacred architecture and the architecture of the human Figure is continually apparent

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Simon Keeley

2005- Set up home studio continuing with private commissions and galleries.

2004/2005 - Fusion Art Oxford-Public Art-Health walk brick and stone lettercarving.

2001/2005 - Working from my studion in Limehouse, doing carving work for Westminister Abbey and Westminister School and other private commissions.

2001 - Public Art Brick Carving for Richard Kindersley, Knightsbridge.

2000 - Heraldic plaque commision for the Worshipful Company Skinners

Reviews of work by Simon Keeley

Surrey Life Magazine-December 2006-Working with Angels-a review of Simon Keeleys` work by Nicola Barranger.
East End Life paper-Bigland Primary School/Poems carved on `public art` benches in Shadwell East London-2008

Public Works of Simon Keeley

Whilst enjoying producing artworks that appeal to the Gallery visitor, I would like to expand the experiences I have had producing public art (brick carving in Knightsbridge, London and East Oxford), and fulfillment in creating working relationships with various diverse artists with their own specialist areas

Qualifications / Education of Simon Keeley

2001/2003 - MA Art in Architecture, University of East London.

2002 - Intensive courses in Glass Casting, Life Modelling and Letter carving.

2001 - Architectural Stone carving Degree

1994/1995 - NVQ 2 and 3 Basic and Advanced Stonemasonary.

1990 - BTEC National Diploma in Conservation and Restoration.

1982 - Art Foundation Course

Teaching Experience

I have been teaching since 2006 teaching privately, at the Art Academy in London and West Dean College in Sussex. From 2011 I began teaching stone carving at Ardington School of crafts in Ardington, South Oxfordshire. Also in 2011 I took on teaching at St.John`s Church at Bethnal Green -Community Art room

Influences / Inspiration of Simon Keeley

"My Great grandfather, Lincoln Cathedral, Rodin, Michaelangelo, Bernini, Canova, Leonardo da Vinci and Eric Gill. Nature, plant forms, foliage and fruits of the forest. Mythical Beasts -such as the gargoyles on Notre Damn, Cologne, Chatres and many other cathedrals and colleges. Abstract forms - especially in the realms of Barabara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Also Brancusi and Giacometti

Price Range of Work

Simon Keeley's work has a price range from £2,000 to £7,250
£750 - £25,000

Mediums utilised

Simon Keeley's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Simon Keeley's work is found in the following categories on site:
Carved Stone, Marble, Alabaster, Soap Stone Granite Lime stone (3)
Carved and Engraved Lettering Writing Inscriptions Poems Quotations Carving Panels Sculptures (2)
Celtic Knot Work and Traditional Sculptures (2)
Literary and Musical Characters Sculptures (2)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (2)
Bas Reliefs or Low Reliefs (2)
Grotesque Sculptures / Statues / figurines to order Commission Custom Bespoke Sculptures
Abstract Loop Indoor and Outside Sculptures / Statues / statuettes
Tree Plant Shrub Bonsai sculpture statue statuette
Primitive Naive sculpture statue carving casting
Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures
Stylised Heads / Busts Sculptures
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue
Field Sports, Game Birds and Game Animals Sculptures
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture
Religious Sculpture
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures
Human Figurative Sculptures
Green Man (and Green Woman)Faces, Busts, Heads, Torsos
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines
Anatomy, Hands and Feet and other human parts of the body Sculptures
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes
Indoor figurative sculpture
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures
Abstract Modern Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary
Mask, Wall Hung Faces and Part Heads
Military, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines Airmen and Military Equipment
Plaques, Medals, Medalions, Coins, Tokens, Commemorative Customised Commission or Bespoke
Aspirational / Inspirational Sculptures or Statues
Round Disk, Dish, Flat Circular Ring Shaped Sculptures / Statues statuette statuary

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Simon Keeley's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2016 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2008 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
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