Jilly Sutton .

“The warmth of wood, the quality of the grain, and the life embodied in each and every tree, together with a veneration of the head as a sculptural form … this is my passion. However, working with the vagaries of the organic, still living, nature of the material, and pushing the boundaries of its plasticity, is the constant challenge.”

Jilly Sutton is a UK based Sculptor who uses locally felled timber in the creation of large scale sculpted heads. The pieces, using sandblasting and limwashing to capture texture and color, offer a reflective, pensive and serene tone, and a feeling of ancient artifact. Using sculptural lines that take great advantage of grain lines and imperfections in the material, and with a mighty attention to surface, the level of detail is even more impressive in relation to the scale. The pieces are striking for their uniqueness and the artist has been exhibited internationally and is found in many private collections.

Geometric Human Sculpture Represents Order Out of Chaos, photograph by Benjamin Goodacre

The Architect is an intriguing sculpture by English artist Jilly Sutton that blends the head of a person with geometric shapes. The peaceful, slumbering face is accompanied by a frenzy of three-dimensional blocks, adding an abstract element to the otherwise figurative sculpture. The eye-catching structure, originally constructed out of square soft wood timbers that had been sandblasted and glued together, maintains the spiraling rings of the wood grains, from which it is composed, reflecting the materials as well as the imperfections of humanity. There is a duality to the piece that juxtaposes an image of calm serenity and erratic madness inspired by construction sites and finished buildings.

The sculptor was first commissioned to create a piece for her husband’s architectural firm. She says, “I went with them on a site visit and saw a frenetic mixture of busy work, quantities of building timbers, and what looked like chaotic activity. But then went back a few months later and saw a beautiful completed building, peaceful and tidy. It looked as though it was resting/sleeping silently before the occupants moved in to bring it all to life. So for me this piece is about ‘order out of chaos’ – a contemplative face coming forward from a pile of construction timbers.”

See more of the sculpture’s photos here.