The Artist Daniel Cordell was born in Hertfordshire, 1979. He now lives and creates in Devon.
Daniel studied at Loughborough University School of Art and Design, where he proudly gained a first class BA honours degree in fine art sculpture. He also spent three months studying sculpture at the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University, USA.
Although Daniels skills are broad and likes to work with steel and stone, He is instinctively drawn to wood and has specialised in Large scale green wood carving and constructing since 2001.
Visiting and living in different cultures around the world, has always been a passion for Daniel. From these experiences he has been driven to carve a series of sculptures he calls ‘Dwellings’. His work illustrates styles of homes, from slums to castles. Daniel is not drawn to architecture of any particular period but more the feelings that buildings evoke.
He enjoys carving groups of buildings without a plan. They just evolve; one just fits in or joins another, just how many settlements evolve over time. This method feels more like the creativity of sketching, rather than a rigid process like using a pointing machine to carve a figure in stone.
Daniel also has a passion for birds and natural forms found in nature. He has decided to exhibit a variety of his work this year reflecting his different interests.
Daniel’s style has evolved over the years. He use to like to sand his sculptures very smooth. Now Daniel is drawn to creating and leaving the rough textural grooves that come naturally to the chainsaw. They can help to give energy and flow to surfaces, and allow a level of honesty of the making process to the viewer.
Come and see three of Daniel’s magical sculptures. Daniel has carefully selected the best locally, ethically and naturally durable Cypress and Cedar wood for these sculptures. They are finished with Danish oil.
See more of Daniel’s work at his website: www.dancordell.co.uk.