Simmonds, who originally comes from Britain, studied art history before turning to illustration and later stone carving. As a stone carver he has worked on the restoration of several major English national monuments, including Westminster Abbey and the cathedrals of Salisbury and Ely, where comes his inspiration for these marble and stone sculptures. Mainly, he makes sacred buildings such as baroque basilicas and Ancient Roman temples.
The sculptures of Matthew Simmonds give us a direct experience of our being in the present, through a love of the past transmitted in marble and light. The sculptor says: To create a sculpture that catches the light and structure of a building and lets the eye wander, to feel that here my eye could live, here a part of me could stay, is a great achievement. The sculptures give the viewer a different perspective on space. They look different from every viewpoint. You long to be in them, and they seem almost more meaningful for that.
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