Billie Bond is a sculptor, primarily of portraits. She is fascinated by the relationship between a portrait and its viewer and by the obsession with social media, combining ancient methods and inspiration from the Old Masters with an interest in modern technological communication to present a fresh take on portraiture which everyone can relate to.
A career in nursing gave Bond an appreciation of human anatomy which she draws upon in her sculptures. She has experience in designing interiors and children's furniture and painting murals, but through her studies she expressed her creativity in the form of figurative sculptures. She has sculpted on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, won the Pure Arts Sculpture Prize in 2013, been commissioned by Alan Carr's Chattyman to produce a portrait sculpture, and guest-lectured in portrait sculpture at The Art Academy in London.
Billie Bond returns to Gallery in the Garden, following a successful solo exhibition at the Riflemaker Gallery in April 2017. Her current works are called 'Perfect Imperfection...... ' as found on the e-invite as attached.
Billie's work has won awards such as the Pure Arts Sculpture Award with the work being exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, and then later becoming part of the Birth Rights Collection. A bas-relief sculpture of her daughter was selected for the Society of Portrait Sculptors Annual exhibition in 2014. She also has work in private as well as public collections. Billie was also commissioned to create a character portrait of Lionel Richie for Alan Carr’s Chatty Man. Lionel is now the proud owner of the infamous object.
Using the traditional skills of realistic portrait sculpture as a point of departure, Billie explores representations of the self through a process of making, destroying and repairing as a metaphorical journey of trauma and healing – the scars of life – a way of trying to make sense of what it is to be human. Her work aims to connect in an emotive way with the viewer.
Her current exhibition of self-portrait sculpture takes us away from the everyday social media selfie ‘mask’, away from the celebrity pout to an honest and frank depiction of inner turmoil, trauma and the fight for internal calmness and a sense of wellbeing.
The work is a culmination of academic research and sculptural practice following Billie Bond’s recent completion of an MA at The Minories in Colchester and a research internship at the internationally renowned Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.