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Purbeck Art Weeks: Mike Bizley, A Purbeck Sculptor

Illustrated talk by Pennie Denton


Purbeck art historian, Pennie Denton, will talk about the life of Mike Bizley, who created many beautiful works of art from Purbeck, Portland and other stone. However, he had not always intended to be a sculptor. When he was young he had enjoyed drawing and painting. And it was only when he decided to study sculpture at Guildford School of Art that his mother told him that he had ancestors from Italy who were well known sculptors.

After studying for three years at Guildford he set up his own studio by the river at Guildford and then at Wonersh. As well as varied sculpture commissions, Mike continued to paint the landscape around him: meadows, trees and St. Martha’s chapel, a subject he returned to many times.

Mike moved to Purbeck in 1972 and was fascinated by the different varieties of stone in the area. The quality of light was always of great importance to him and to his work. Days where it ‘glistened’ in Purbeck, reminding him of Greece and enabling a purity of line and form, linking back to ancient Greek, Cycladic and Egyptian carvings. These were the essences that flowed through his life and work. Pennie will be supported by Sue Kendall, Mike’s wife, and there will be a small exhibition of Mike’s works to bring their words to life

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May 31 2022


7:30 pm



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Harman’s Cross Village Hall
Harman’s Cross Village Hall, BH19 3EB
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