Carl Payne was born in Staffordshire in 1969, he's sculptor for whom art has played a large part in his academic work taking him through the Burslem School of Art, the Henry Doulton School of Sculpture and then to Stafford College. Early on in his career he was commissioned by the local council to spray a mural on a park bandstand.
After studying in Figurative Sculpture ...he launched his career with commission after commission which has now secured his reputation for fine quality workmanship both in life-size format and smaller gallery pieces. He is part of an artistic movement in which technical skill, quality and craftsmanship are valued and enjoyed within a modern and forward thinking aesthetic. He is inspired by music, the female form and a host of artistic figures including Rodin, Alfred Gilbert and Charles Sargant Jagger, as well as many of the Pre-Raphaelites.
"My sculpture is figurative art at its highest level. Each created piece becomes a doorway through which we can pass into that illusive dimension beyond the physical. Demand for my work allows me to give full reign to my creative impulses. I turn and turn again to the human figure for its drama, its narrative content and endless capacity for expressing the spiritual in line and form." The list of his completed commissioned work is extensive, including many household names from the sporting world, commerce and the past including King George and Queen Mary commissioned by Cunard for the ballroom of the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship, Torvill and Dean for a public statue, and George Best, Bobby Moore and Pele for private collectors. His personal favourite is the Sir Stanley Matthews statue at the Britannia stadium: it is the largest sculpture he had created and was technically challenging, dynamic, historical and unique – it was also voted the best sporting statue in Europe.