Larry Wilkes is a sculpture graduate who has
worked in films, television, theatre and restoration for over 30 years.
He currently combines part-time art teaching with figurative sculpture
and the restoration of carvings.
Larry is also one of the few people in the world producing netsuke,
a traditional Japanese form resulting in carvings about the size of a
walnut. So time-consuming is the production of a single netsuke that few
are produced in any one year.
Figurative sculpture work has included life-sized figures for museum and
exhibition display and decapitated heads for, among others, Peter
O'Toole's infamous Macbeth at the Old Vic. Work on Jim Henson's Dark
Crystal and the design of Alice in Wonderland for the
DaSilva Puppet Theatre reflect a lifelong interest in puppet theatre.
As well as designing, Larry toured for several years as a performer
before turning to model animation and special effects for film and
television and theatre, including as a designer for the BBC and as Head
of Propmaking at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
Larry has also found time to illustrate a dozen or more childrens' books
which characterise his interest in whimsy and humour.
After the fire which damaged Windsor Castle in 1992, Larry Wilkes
worked as part of a small team of craftsman sculptors on the remodelling
of the plaster stucco ceiling decorations, before establishing a base in
Lincolnshire's Burghley House restoration workshops.