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Jonathan Wylder was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1957. He held his first one-man show of paintings in Salisbury City Library in 1973 where Sir Cecil Beaton was his first patron. His sculpture has since achieved increasing critical and artistic acclaim and recognition both nationally and internationally.

Since the beginnning, Jonathan has been inspired by the beauty of the human form. Sculpting mainly in clay, which is then cast into bronze through the traditional lost wax proess. More recently however he has devoted more and more time to the traditional art of carving in stone and he takes great pleasure and care in choosing Itlalian stone to import and work with. He is particulary inspired by the sculptural quality of dance, and has shown his unique skill and love of portraiture in his sculptural work with dancers from a variety of ballet companies, including Fiona Chadwick, former principal with the Royal Ballet.

He has also created many bronze equestrian sculptures. A keen rider himself, he is particularly noted for his life-sized bronze statue of Milton, the internatioonal show jumpers as ridden by John Whittaker.

In his successful career as a sculptor Jonathan is further recognised for the prestigious commissions on which he has worked. Most notably, he created a five metre high, bronze statue for London's Belgrave Square, commissioned by the Duke of Westminster as a tribute to the first Marquis of Westminster.

Jonathan has also completed a life sized, bronze portrait for the Scotsman Newspaper, unveiled in Edinburgh by the Queen. The Greek God, Atlas, was also the subject of life size portrait that stands over four metres in height, commissioned by Anton Bilton to celbrate the new millennium, which is now placed at Tyringham Hall.

Possibly his most moving creation isa  life-sized memorial portrait of Mother Teresa that was unveiled in Calcutta, at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, where it has received and continues to receive thousands of visitors.

Created in small, limited editions, Jonathan's artwork presents the variety and energy of Jonathan's unique, sculptural style, and reflect the on-going evolution of his oeuvre.

Commissions include

The Sam Morris Memorial:   Founder of the Business Design Centre

The Archy Arenson Memorial:   Founder of the Arenson Group

R.N.I.B. Corporate Image:  Unveiled by the fromer Prime Minster, John Major

Norwood School of the Blind:   Unveiled by the Duke of Westminster

Rundel Cup Presentation:  Presented to Prince Charles

Flora and Fauna Institute, Arabian Oryx:  presented to Sir David Attenborough 

Sir Robert Grosvenor, Belgrave Square, London: commissioned by the Duke of Westminster

Odan Vilax Budapest University: Founder of the Budapest University

The Scotsman, Edinburgh: commissioned by Barclay House

George Basevi Bust, Belgrave Square, London: unveiled by the Austrian Ambassador

Millennium Man Statue, Tyringham Hall: commissioned by Anton Bilton to mark the new millennium

Mother Teresa, Calcutta, India: unveiled by the Governor of Calcutta

Running Horses
Jonathan Wylder


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