Portrait heads & figure sculptures

Portrait heads & figure sculptures

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. Since then he has moved to establish a studio within the grounds of Easton Walled Gardens near Grantham in Lincolnshire


Contemporary netsuke



    2009 Larry Wilkes - netsuke carving, portrait heads and sculpture