Gregory Percival Sculptor aGava
Greg has been dedicated to the field of art and design for over 30 years. Self taught, Greg worked as an airbrush artist and illustrator on book and magazine covers. In 1995 he started on more hands-on art forms which have become the tactile fluid and kinetic sculpture we see today. Since 2006, he has given his time fully to his sculptures.
His father was a serving Royal Navy Officer and Greg was born in Haslar Royal Naval Hospital then the family moved to Malaysia. On return from Malaysia the family moved to Chichester, West Sussex when Greg was 6 and he has lived in the area ever since.
His pieces are all original and the result of many months of work. They are created using clays, specialist woods and resins to find the desired fluidity and form. Moulds are then taken from these sculptures, waxes produced and a foundry uses the lost wax method to cast them in bronze. Greg hand finishes the rough castings and patinates all the work himself. Every edition is hand made, signed and finished by the artist making each one individual.
“I wanted to create sculpture which employed the static clarity of a model with the excitement of a kinetic sculpture. Using bronze and glass-clear resins, my art has to purvey movement and energy to be complete.”
Greg has married these two media in recognisable and fluid sculpture. The movement in the bronze and the hand finished resin is a signature of Greg’s work and is recognised internationally as a Percival.
Greg is an associate of the Guild of Aviation Artists in his first annual Guild Exhibition at The Mall Galleries first he won two awards for one of his sculptures. Whilst exhibiting in Carnaby Street, he was interviewed on Sky television about his work.
Greg’s work is exhibited and sold regularly: Bonhams, Le Grand Palais, Paris; The Mall Galleries, London; The RAF Club, Piccadilly, London; Bonhams, Goodwood Revival; Bonhams, Goodwood Festival of Speed. Various editions with noted customers in New York, Monaco, London, Geneva, Paris, Wellington (NZ); etc.
The Duke of Richmond is a great admirer of his work. Many editions of Greg’s work are owned by the family of Sir Alan Smith, who was Douglas Bader’s wingman.
Greg is inspired by other artists such as Phillip Jackson, Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, Henry Moore, Anna Golubkina, David Hockney and JMW Turner.
Interview for Sussex Life Magazine as part of the local artists feature