Expressing reverence for the amazing world in which we live, by capturing poignant and beautiful moments, Caro Burberry MRBS, is another of Herefordshire’s and the UK’s leading sculptors exhibiting at Canwood Gallery from 10th September 2016.
Caro’s talent and love of sculpture was a late discovery informed by a zig-zag path of life experience. Born in Aylesbury she grew up in rural Buckinghamshire. Loving parents encouraged her eclectic mix of creative interests while ensuring her feet were kept firmly on the ground by academic studies.
Abandoning an initial ambition to become a speech therapist, Caro tried her hand at a variety of jobs: insurance inspector; air hostess; men’s fragrance promoter; boat crew and scuba diver; chalet maid and mobile sandwich business owner. But the need for creativity was never far away and after training with Lyn Le Grice, Caro’s incarnation as a spray paint muralist began in 1987. While working in an art gallery she was encouraged to frame her work and explored etching and lithography but it wasn’t until she moved to the Malvern Hills that she was introduced to sculpture. Caro signed up for a class in sculpture just for a bit of fun and from the moment she put her hands in the clay that was it.
It was as if a light had been switched on. Caro had discovered her true vocation and began working in three dimensions. In 1997, a serious illness gave Caro time to focus on her future and what she would most like to do following recovery. There was only one option – to become a sculptor.
Caro opted for a classical training at The Frink School of Figurative Sculpture. While studying, her work began attracting attention and her first life-size sculpture – Bronze ‘Emerging Woman’ – was purchased for St Michael’s Hospice near Hereford.
Hot-poured iron has since become a favourite medium with Caro to create the transient and timeless qualities she has become renowned for. Notable commissions in cast iron include ‘Worship’ for Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture and ‘Indiana Visionary’ for Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, Indiana, USA. Caro regularly undertakes private commissions in bronze.
Caro was elected a Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in March 2012.