Sculptor, artist and photographer, Craig Dyson, is noted for his public and collector sculptures and for his workshops with local children and teenagers in local schools; see video at School Workshops
He works with a variety of materials, but particularly metal and wood, to create sculptural forms for private collectors, galleries, and on a larger scale for public exhibition; his ideas have been partially inspired by his travels to South America, New Zealand, Australia and China, and by his love of nature.
Craig was born in Haworth in 1990 and currently works from a studio in Belle Isle Road, Haworth. He has always been interested in design and making things – at the age of 10, his parents gave him a shed for his work. He studied joinery at Keighley College, and completed A levels in sports studies, photography and art. He has said of the influences on his life and work:
Born and bred in Haworth, I didn’t grow up with financial wealth and yet benefited from a rich tapestry of fascinating surroundings. We are all gifted with an infantile element of artistic curiosity, throwing paint on walls and sculpting with food; I am continuing my discovery.
Craig continued his studies of photography to degree level, but as he told the Keighley News in 2013:
I would often question what I was doing, but soon came to the conclusion art is what you want it to be and it is what you make of it … I don’t encourage people to read what I do in a certain way. I want them to interpret in their way and get out of it whatever they want.
In 2013 he gained a Keighley Business, Young Business Person Award for his freelance work and his sculptures have been featured around Yorkshire, including at Castle Howard, near York, Newby Hall, and at the Ferniehurst Dell Sculpture Trail at Baildon (see image below), as well as abroad at the Zurich International Art Exhibition.
In 2013, for the annual Haworth 1940s weekend, Craig built a pigeon from sycamore to highlight the role of the carrier pigeons in war. He also built a model of a Spitfire with a 10ft wingspan, using sycamore and ash, and created a golden eagle with a 6ft wing span, made from copper, brass and bronze, in support of SSAFA, the charity for servicemen and women.
In 2014 he built a spherical sculpture made of over 25,000 two-pence (2p) coins, which was displayed in Haworth Park as part of the town’s celebrations to commemorate the Tour de France in Yorkshire (see image below).
In 2016, Bradford Council commissioned Craig to produce a sculpture as a focal point outside the Margaret McMillan Tower (formerly Bradford Central Library). He said of his work, titled ‘The Baby of the North’,
It’s not quite on the scale of the ‘Angel of the North’, but hopefully it will provide a landscape piece and talking point for the city. (‘Telegraph & Argus’ 7/5/2016)
Artist Website: http://www.craigdysonsculpture.co.uk/