“MY journey as a Sculptor was kick-started at King’s Ely by my Junior Art Teacher, Mrs Schaniel, who awarded me an Art Scholarship. This really set me on the path to believing in my artistic abilities.
“Taking up Art in the Senior School and choosing to sculpt a hare for my A Level piece confirmed my belief that it was the power of animals that I most wanted to capture in my Art.
“I am very grateful to have pursued this as a career since leaving King’s Ely – it continues to create exciting opportunities. I am also happy to know that my sculpture of boxing hares is now a feature of Clara’s Garden in the grounds of the school’s Old Palace.
“Besides my passion for Art, I spent a lot of my time at King’s Ely on the sports field. King’s Ely enabled me to pursue both of these passions alongside my academic studies. I made lifelong friends at school – over a decade later, nothing has changed between us!”
Edward was born in 1988 in Suffolk. Completely self-taught, he has dedicated himself to his craft since leaving school and despite his young age, his distinctive sculptures have already earned him international recognition and acclaim.
Edward’s collection comprises of animals and wildlife, and is shaped by his passion for the vitality, energy and grace of his subjects. His approach is immediate and hands-on, and from very early on in his career he has worked closely with the foundry in Suffolk that casts his works.
Following the ancient lost-wax method, Edward works first in clay, and then casts in bronze and silver in limited editions. This age-old process demands both skill and time, and each commission takes several months to complete.
Edward’s sculptures feature in distinguished public, corporate and private collections around the world, including several Royal collections. Notable commissions include those for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, the ruling family of Dubai, Lord and Lady Bamford, the Bhartia family, Ivan Massow and Ben de Lisi.
Check out his website here: https://edwardwaites.com/