Charles Hazzard is a fine art sculptor whose studio practice is situated in the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire. He has exhibited widely at national exhibitions and recently held the position as the Henry Moore Sculpture Fellow at Loughborough University for a three-year term. The monograph publication documenting the sculptor’s work, entitled: Charles Walker Hazzard, Sculptures, Structures, Drawings as funded by Loughborough University, is to be published in 2017. The sculptor is a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors; Brother of the Art Workers Guild, and an ordinary member of the Design and Copyright Society.
The artist is a traditional sculptor, meaning he undertakes the practical creation of his works; his figure sculptures are modelled in clay from observation of the life model and he explores contemporary issues affecting the human condition. The artist has produced a series of yoke-like wooden and mobile structures whether positioned hanging from the shoulders of his figure sculptures cast in fibreglass resin or in the latter case, within the built environment. In all cases the wooden structures show a degree of craft and artistry created in response to the architectural surrounding or in the case of the figure sculptures, the subject’s cultural, mental, physiological or biological condition.
Much of the artist's recent work has been concerned with the investigation of hospital procedure involved in childbirth, the Down’s syndrome condition and forthcoming, the Bi-polar condition. Within these works the wooden assemblies have been designed to illustrate certain aspects of the activity or cause of the condition explored. The artist often invites public and schools participation in the early stages of his projects.
Edward Lucie-Smith, art critic and author:
“I am familiar with the sculptural work of Charles Walker Hazzard. It exhibits an unusual ability to combine the imaginatively experimental with that which is, in the best sense, traditional. The fellowships and grants that he has received demonstrate that he is widely respected by fellow professionals in the same field. In particular, his ability to produce convincing versions of the human figure, at a time when this seems slipping away from most contemporary sculptors – even those who are very well known – gives him special qualifications for executing commissions that will be accepted and enjoyed by a wide public.”
Roger Scruton, FRSL, FBA, Professor of Philosophy, University of St Andrews:
“I have long admired Charles Hazzard's work, and had the pleasure of sitting for a bust that he made, which now graces our staircase. Charles is not merely a meticulous and observant figurative sculptor. He also has a fine sensibility, a recognition of the significant of the human form, and a remarkable ability to transcribe moral ideas into figures and patterns that seem to capture their inner meaning. He is not a slave to fashion, and does not have recourse to cheap devices, but strives instead to represent the world as he sees it, and to impart his unique vision to the forms that he creates.”