In his figurative and abstract, bronze and stone sculpture, Laurence Broderick draws inspiration from the female figure and wildlife, in particular the otter and endangered species. When learning of the plight of turtles, polar bears, rhinos and elephants due to man's abuse, it had a profound and emotive effect on expressing his art.
He is joint president of the International Otter Survival Fund, a global charity for the conservation of the otter, based on the Isle of Skye.
Childhood influence from pebbles and bones with their subtle shapes and curves is at once apparent in the artist's stonecarving. His skill lends the work vitality, tactility and movement, emphasized by simplified forms, subtle curves, flowing lines and smooth surfaces, often contrasted by small areas of rough texture.The scale of work ranges from small bronze maquettes up to very large outdoor sculpture of monumental proportions.
Laurence Broderick was born in Bristol, 1935, and attended Bembridge School on the Isle of Wight. He studied painting, illustration and sculpture under Ray Millard and Geoffrey Deeley at the Regent Street Polytechnic from 1952 - 1957 and Sidney Harpley and Keith Godwin at the Hammersmith School of Art from 1964 -1965.
Laurence Broderick began his artistic career as an historical and educational illustrator and painter. He taught Art at the Haberdashers' Aske's School in Elstree from 1959 and was Director of Art from 1965 - 1981. He continued working as a freelance artist and sculptor throughout this period and became a full-time sculptor in 1981.
He divides his time between studios on the Isle of Skye, in the Scottish Highlands and Cambridge, England. He is an Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Laurence Broderick is predominantly a stone carver, working
with many types of stone including Ledmore, Portsoy and Purbeck
Marbles, Alabaster, Polyphant Soapstone, Hopton Wood and Ancaster
Limestone. He also models in clay, plasticine, plaster and wax
for casting into bronze.
Laurence Broderick's sculptures are currently on show at galleries throughout the UK.