Moira Purver SWA


Moira PurverMoira Purver is a figurative sculptor working largely from life. Her sculptures are created through close observation, but are more to do with learning to see and interpret reality rather than just copying it, making each piece an individual creation, resulting in a sculpture that is both intimate and anonymous. She strives to produce work which has a feeling of living energy and that can invoke a personal response from those who view it.

The subject matter of her work varies, from small caricatures of animals to life size roe deer and human figures from a scale of 1:6 up to 3⁄4 life size. Although her work includes animals, the focus of it still remains the study of the surfaces and movement in the simple human form itself. Most of her life work involves portraying the softness of the female form but she has also completed male sculptures using stronger muscle tone and textures. She received the America Square Conference Centre Award for her “Male Torso” at the SWA open exhibition in 2010.

Moira initially models her work in clay or wax, each with its own distinctive texture and qualities. Her sculptures are suitable for both indoors and outdoors being largely cast in bronze resin with a few available in bronze.

Moira’s first experience of modelling with clay was at school in Edinburgh and the 27 inch high Rock Climber (which she completed then) has travelled with her throughout her adult life. He was modelled in terracotta and fired at the time but has since been cast in bronze resin to preserve him.

It was many years before she was able to return to sculpture, but during 2005-2006 she attended a course in clay modelling and casting at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield. In 2008 after moving to Dorset she set up her own studio and now devotes much of her time to sculpting.

Moira has exhibited in galleries in Dorset, Devon and Somerset and in exhibitions in the South of England including RHS Wisley. She has exhibited in the Mall Galleries in London as part of Art Liberating Lives (2009) and with The Society of Women Artists (2009 – 2016). She was elected as an Associate Member of the Society of Women Artists in May 2011 (ASWA) and became a full member in 2014 (SWA). Her work is held in private collections nationally and internationally.