Lavenham artist donates Icarus inspired sculpture to help NHS
Kate Denton, 65, is conducting an online auction with her husband Anthony Faulkner to sell the piece, with all proceeds going to Barts Charity, which supports healthcare projects and the NHS.
The highest bid currently stands at £5,000, with bidding open until 5pm on May 1.
Mrs Denton, who survived cancer with the help of the NHS several years ago, described her love for creating art in a ‘physical, three dimensional’ form, switching the focus of her art from animals to the human condition after her illness.
She said: “Having started recovering, I found that it seemed a bit meaningless, working on animals. I just thought, I’ve got to work with the human condition. I realised how similar we all are and I just thought that this is the only way forward for me.”
She added that the sculpture, which is part of a series of pieces based on the mythological story of Icarus, was ‘her gift’ to the NHS.
She said: “The whole thing, everything, will go to the charity. It’s an absolute pleasure and we felt it was a great way to raise some money.”
Mrs Denton, who has lived in Lavenham for 10 years, trained at Goldsmiths College as a painter before switching to sculpture.
She has had a passion for art throughout her life and has been creating art for more than 40 years.
Her 2018 series of pieces based around Icarus, called ‘Dare to Dream’, has been her career’s crowning accomplishment, taking two years to create.
Mrs Denton described capturing within the series ‘all the emotions, the glory and the horror. Everything.’
The cast which is being auctioned for charity is named ‘On The Edge’ and is one of 16 pieces in the series.
It is 38cm tall, weighs 6kg and is cast in bronze with gold leaf detail and has a retail price of £3,500.
Anyone who wishes to bid on the piece should email email@example.com.