Martin Horspool

Martin Horspool

Sculpture – 66cm High

“Big Top”

Lay Lay Khin’s drawing reminded me of when I was a boy, playing with my Action Man, making imaginary adventures for him. I used to make scale dioramas for my little plastic soldiers and their tanks, so making imaginary robots has always been in my bones. The drawing has such an old school feel about it, reminding me of Thunderbirds and Godzilla with a touch of “Attack of the 50 foot woman”.

Horspool, a Welshman, attended Art colleges in Wrexham and Liverpool, where his passion for 1950’s and 60’s industrial design originated. Now living the dream in New Zealand, his search for objects has become an obsession for him and his collection of discarded paraphernalia becomes the catalyst for the creation process.

The self confessed urban gypsy collects from kerb sides, car boots, markets, scrap yards, antique shops, auction houses and has stock piled a collection of components to make any magpie jealous. Most Robot sculptures contain original pieces from the 50s and 60s and he finds it important for people to recognise the individual components that make up each one.

He has had sell out exhibitions in New Zealand, with sales to collectors in London, New York, Europe and Japan.


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