From an early age Chichester sculptor Gregory Percival developed a passion for motorsport, especially Endurance racing, IndyCar and Formula 1 where he was greatly influenced by Gille Villeneuve’s 1979 season driving with great flair in the Ferrari 312 T4. Also keen on aviation, Gregory achieved his pilot’s licence at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, formerly RAF Westhampnett, nicely combining his two passions of motor racing and flying.
He has been working on hands-on art forms since the mid-nineties, which have evolved to become the tactile motorsport and aviation sculptures we see today.
“I wanted to create art which employed the static clarity of a model with the excitement of a kinetic sculpture. Worldwide, there are magnificent scale models and very obscure sculptures available, but with my pieces I have married these two mediums in a recognisable and fluid sculpture.”
The original pieces are the result of hundreds of hours of work, created using specialist woods and resins to ensure the desired fluidity and form. Moulds are then taken from this sculpture and cast in solid silver or bronze with or without a silver plate. The sculptures and bases are individually hand made and finished, being strictly limited editions.
Image credit: Gun Hill Studios