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MW Long

I trained as a sculptor at Goldsmiths College, London in the 1970s.
An interest in modern dance soon became one ot the central themes of my work and after leaving Goldsmiths I studied with the London Contemporary Dance Company. I have sustained this interest in dance and movement ever since and continue to observe dance, most recently with the Ballet Rambert.
From 1984 my sculptures were on permanent display with Cats at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane and a show at the Century Gallery, London, featured in the BBC television production Art Beat.
Dancers and figures in movement are what I specialise in, all my work is figurative and tries to capture the energy and beauty of the athletic body. Figures start out nude but I often add items of clothing to accentuate both the movement and sensuality of the figure. I have developed techniques that enable me to alter the pose of a sculpture in a way similar to that of a dance choreographer so an idea I might have at the outset may change quite dramatically as time passes. I love anatomy and spend a lot of time studying it.

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