Carl Payne’s extraordinary figurative sculpture is based on traditional tenets but has a bold contemporary style. He is part of an artistic movement in which technical skill, quality and craftsmanship are valued and enjoyed within a modern and forward thinking aesthetic. He is inspired by music, the female form and a host of artistic figures including Rodin, Alfred Gilbert and Charles Sargant Jagger, as well as many of the Pre-Raphaelites. Born in Staffordshire in 1969 Carl was interested in art from an early age and was commissioned by the local council to spray a mural on a park bandstand. This experience inspired him to pursue a career in art and he enrolled at college to study surface pattern design, but it was here that he discovered his talent for sculpting by boldly accepting a commission from a local businessman. He surprised himself with his natural skill and changed direction to qualify in Figurative Sculpture.
The list of Carl’s completed commissioned work is extensive, including many household names from the sporting world, commerce and the past: King George and Queen Mary commissioned by Cunard for the ballroom of the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship, Torvill and Dean for a public statue, and George Best, Bobby Moore and Pele for private collectors. His personal favourite is the Sir Stanley Matthews statue at the Britannia stadium: it is the largest sculpture he had created and was technically challenging, dynamic, historical and unique – it was also voted the best sporting statue in Europe! Carl’s highly acclaimed bronze sculptures have won him collectors from all over the world.