01488 681 748 16 Bridge Street, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0EG

Jason Heppenstall

Jason was born in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire and was brought up on a typical post war council estate in the Pre- play station and computer days. Going down to the woods with mates, making tree houses and building dams were how any spare time was filled. Kids at one with nature, even at a young age being creative.  At school Jason started his love of working with steel enjoying the metal and woodworking classes more than the academic stuff.

After school he took an apprenticeship in sheet metal at a local firm where he learnt his trade. Having worked with steel for nearly 30 years, the trade has taught him a lot about how sheet steel behaves, can be manipulated, and it’s reaction to different treatments.

Utilizing this Jason started making sculptures as a hobby about 4-5 years ago, tinkering in the garage with random pieces of scrap, enjoying the creative process  more and more making presents for family and friends.

Jason set up a Facebook page to showcase his work .The very positive comments gave him the confidence that his ideas and creations had a future. As a result of this interest Jason started to sell the odd piece and soon realized that there was a much wider appreciation for his amazing pieces.

Jason was invited, along with three other artists to take part in his first Exhibition in November 2012.The exhibition was a great success with strong sales and the commissioning of multiple pieces.

By the start of 2013 it was apparent that demand was such that Jason took the plunge and became a self-employed full time artist/sculptor.

Leaving a secure long term job was very daunting for Jason but also the door had been opened to a whole new chapter and he is relishing the opportunity.

2013 turned out to be a very busy year, full of great opportunities and working alongside some very amazing folk!

A lot of time is spent looking for items he can use, we live in a disposable age and discarded objects become the building blocks of Jason’s art.  These often include the tools of trades that now seem redundant. To use them to create wonderful sculptures from our industrial past gives him a great sense of wellbeing.

Because the majority of Jason’s sculptures are created from the very bedrock an industry which is being forgotten they have a resonance to him, particularly as they are grown from the fusion of his art and a trade that has supported him and his family.

The rural environment he was nurtured in really inspires a love of nature, free from the constraints of the rat race we are trapped in!

Combined with his love of art and the desire to use other ‘SCRAP!!’ he will endeavor to create sculptures that are appreciated for their aesthetic appeal as well as the fascination aroused from the eclectic components used!

Tiger Mask & Claw

Description:
Up cycled found objects including shovel, spoons, spanners and shears
Price Band:
"C"
Size:
40 x 46 x 29cm (head) 24 x 33cm (claw)

01488 681 748 16 Bridge Street, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0EG