Geoffrey Dashwood

Biography
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Geoffrey Dashwood was born in Hampshire in 1947. At the age of fifteen he won a place on merit to study fine art at Southampton College of Art but preferring an outdoor life and studying directly from nature he left soon afterwards.

For five years he worked for the Forestry Commission as a keeper in the New Forest but after illustrating a New Forest guide for the Commission, most of his time was soon taken up illustrating for them, the Countryside Committee, Hampshire County Council and for various others. This work gave him the confidence to become a freelance artist and for the following ten years he concentrated on illustrations, drawings and watercolours.

However, in 1980 Geoffrey discovered a preference for working the three dimensions of sculpture. His first pieces were small, highly detailed, realistic studies echoing his earlier drawings, very much in the mainstream tradition of English wildlife and sporting art and comparable in style to the famous 19th century French animalier school of sculpture. Although commercially successful, Geoffrey became increasingly dissatisfied with the restrictions of devout realism and a lack of personal expression.

Finally he broke away to create larger, boldly modeled sculptures which, contrastingly, were a very personal interpretation of nature, their form simplified and abstracted with echoes of Twentieth century masters like Pompon and Brancusi. Their individuality was further determined and enhanced by the application of original multi-coloured patinas. The essential character and personality of a species is well established in bronzes which, more importantly, succeed and delight as pure sculptural form. A number of sculptors now work in a similar style, but, in our opinion, none come close to Geoffrey’s work with his innate understanding of each individual subject.

His unusual lifestyle and approach to art was the subject of a half-hour documentary film made by TVS. Over the last twenty years Geoffrey's sculpture has won many awards, including best sculpture at the Society of Wildlife Artists three years running and also first prize for sculpture at the International Festival De L'Art Animalier, Loire Valley, France. Many of his models have been selected by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum for exhibition in their annual shows.

In addition, his life-size sculpture was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition held at the Nature in Art Museum in Gloucestershire, England, the first living artist the museum accorded with such an honour and his life-size and monumental works have been a particular success at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for many years. He was recently accorded the honour of a retrospective show at the Lymington museum in southern England. His huge monumental sculpture “Owl” greets visitors at the main entrance to the Financial Services Authority building in Canary Wharf, London.

Geoffrey's bi-annual exhibitions at the Sladmore continue to create enormous excitement with complete editions of bronzes quickly selling out. His exhibitions in New York, Paris,
Sydney, Moscow and other international shows and art fairs have helped maintain his reputation as the originator and principal proponent of his particular brand of avian sculpture.
Geoffrey Dashwood - Hawfinch
Hawfinch
Geoffrey Dashwood - Monumental Harris Hawk
Monumental Harris Hawk
Geoffrey Dashwood - Tufted Duck
Tufted Duck
Geoffrey Dashwood - Torso II
Torso II
Geoffrey Dashwood - Song Thrush
Song Thrush
Geoffrey Dashwood - Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
Geoffrey Dashwood - Scops Owl
Scops Owl
Geoffrey Dashwood - Saker Falcon
Saker Falcon
Geoffrey Dashwood - Red-billed Hornbill
Red-billed Hornbill
Geoffrey Dashwood - Red Grouse II
Red Grouse II
Geoffrey Dashwood - Peacock
Peacock
Geoffrey Dashwood - Paradise Whydah
Paradise Whydah
Geoffrey Dashwood - Nightjar (bas relief)
Nightjar (bas relief)
Geoffrey Dashwood - Night Heron
Night Heron
Geoffrey Dashwood - Night Heron
Night Heron
Geoffrey Dashwood - Mute Swan
Mute Swan
Geoffrey Dashwood - Monumental Tern
Monumental Tern
Geoffrey Dashwood - Monumental Mandarin
Monumental Mandarin
Geoffrey Dashwood - Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Geoffrey Dashwood - Livingston's Turaco
Livingston's Turaco
Geoffrey Dashwood - Lesser Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
Geoffrey Dashwood - Jay
Jay
Geoffrey Dashwood - House Sparrow
House Sparrow
Geoffrey Dashwood - Himalayan Monal
Himalayan Monal
Geoffrey Dashwood - Guillemot
Guillemot
Geoffrey Dashwood - Griffon Vulture
Griffon Vulture
Geoffrey Dashwood - Goldeneye
Goldeneye
Geoffrey Dashwood - Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle
Geoffrey Dashwood - Eider
Eider
Geoffrey Dashwood - Cuckoo
Cuckoo
Geoffrey Dashwood - Cormorant
Cormorant
Geoffrey Dashwood - Cockerel II
Cockerel II
Geoffrey Dashwood - Channel-billed Toucan
Channel-billed Toucan
Geoffrey Dashwood - Carolina (American Wood Duck)
Carolina (American Wood Duck)
Geoffrey Dashwood - Cardinal
Cardinal
Geoffrey Dashwood - Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican
Geoffrey Dashwood - Brazillian Teal
Brazillian Teal
Geoffrey Dashwood - Blackbird II
Blackbird II
Geoffrey Dashwood - Barn Owl (bas relief)
Barn Owl (bas relief)
Geoffrey Dashwood - Ashy-headed Goose
Ashy-headed Goose
Geoffrey Dashwood - Andean Condor
Andean Condor
Geoffrey Dashwood - American Kestrel
American Kestrel
Geoffrey Dashwood - American Kestrel
American Kestrel
Geoffrey Dashwood - Amazon Parrot
Amazon Parrot
Geoffrey Dashwood - Harrier
Harrier
Geoffrey Dashwood - Barn Owl
Barn Owl
Geoffrey Dashwood - Great Tit
Great Tit
Geoffrey Dashwood - Harris Hawk
Harris Hawk
Geoffrey Dashwood - Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck
Geoffrey Dashwood - Grey Partridge
Grey Partridge
Geoffrey Dashwood - Cardinal
Cardinal
Geoffrey Dashwood - Cock Pheasant II
Cock Pheasant II
Geoffrey Dashwood - Swallow
Swallow
Geoffrey Dashwood - Carolina, American Wood Duck
Carolina, American Wood Duck
Geoffrey Dashwood - Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl
Geoffrey Dashwood - Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican
Geoffrey Dashwood - Heron II
Heron II
Geoffrey Dashwood - Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler
Geoffrey Dashwood - Hen Pheasant
Hen Pheasant
Geoffrey Dashwood - Rook
Rook
Geoffrey Dashwood - Monumental Grebe
Monumental Grebe
Geoffrey Dashwood - Dabchick II (Little Grebe)
Dabchick II (Little Grebe)
Geoffrey Dashwood - Little Egret
Little Egret
Geoffrey Dashwood - Starling II
Starling II
Geoffrey Dashwood - Brazilian Teale
Brazilian Teale
Geoffrey Dashwood - Red Legged Partridge
Red Legged Partridge
Geoffrey Dashwood - Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk
Geoffrey Dashwood - Woodcock V
Woodcock V
Geoffrey Dashwood - Wren II
Wren II
Geoffrey Dashwood - Woodpidgeons
Woodpidgeons
Geoffrey Dashwood - Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker