Tom Leaper is one of the foremost sculptural artists and designers in the west of England, whose work can be seen in public and private settings in many parts of the West Country, Isles of Scilly and also in numerous private residences across the country up as far as North Yorkshire.
“I start where virtually anything is possible, continually refining my original ideas exploring the volumes and water dynamics of the feature, using positive and negative shape in conjunction with the volume to imply movement and presence; the work is a journey through ideas,” says Tom.
Another key aspect to Tom’s work, especially the larger projects in outdoor environments, is not only are they imaginative and arresting pieces in their own right, but the reason for this is also due to an acute sensitivity to their setting. The pieces are always designed to exist in harmony with their surroundings, taking many factors, including light, weather, aspect and even history into consideration.
Based in Cornwall, Tom’s public sculptures include the poignant Fishermen’s Memorial at the port of Newlyn and numerous markers for English Heritage and the South West Coastal Footpath. Private commissions can be seen in some of the finest English gardens in the country, including Tresco’s Abbey Garden, Arley Hall and Trewithen to name but a few.