Marc Bodie

Marc Bodie was born in Newport, South Wales in 1966 and currently lives and works in Wiltshire, UK.

Bodie’s sculptures possess an emotional intensity, drawing narratives from poetry, social and political concerns and a close study of the Old Masters. The apparent physical strength of his masculine figures belie the fragility and vulnerability of his subjects, giving a contrast of darkness and light; and of suffering and hopefulness.

Suggesting processes associated with natural growth and change, Bodie’s figures appear as if shaped by natural forces: bent by howling winds, carved by waves or twisted by geological movements. At other times the crouching, huddled forms suggest rocks, clouds and plants. This connection with nature is often informed by poetry, most recently by one of Bodie’s favourite poets, Dylan Thomas, whose keen sense of mortality is inextricably linked to natural forces, a strong and deep influence on Bodie’s approaches to form. His process often begins with quick free-style drawings in response to a poem or idea related to current reading. These drawings are then translated into three dimensions.

The works are carved from stone or modelled using clay, then realised in bronze, bronze resin, where as his large powerful urban portrait busts are cast in reinforced concrete, concrete resin and, at times, incorporating rusted metal rods and graffiti. The choice of media for these strong yet vulnerable male heads is so fitting as it perfectly represents the urban neglected environment they come from. These are the marginalised of society through no fault of there own. Bodies empathy with these pieces is reflected in the expressive treatment through the addition of paint to stain and give an aged/ weathered a appearance to the concrete and at times knock through areas to reveal crumbling edges and rusted reinforcing steel rods.

​In Bodie’s 2D work, it is drawing that is the media of choice for expressing emotions and situations we can find ourselves in. He takes the idiom of the self portrait as a starting point to develop a moving and understanding dialogue between the finished piece and the viewer, he does this through various drawing media pen/ink charcoal and pastels often working on areas of intense worked up detail which would then open out to expressive suggestive mark making and often bleeding out edges.

Marc Bodie has exhibited widely throughout the U.K. since 1993 this includes 12 years representation with Mc Hardy Sculpture Company gallery in London. Recent group exhibitions include Noon Powell Fine Art (2020 -2021) The Affordable Art Fair UK (2021) the Bath Society of Artists Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (2019); Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Abbey House Gardens, Malmsbury with the Cotswold Sculptors Association ( 2020 & 2019); Gallery 21, Salisbury (2019); Christmas and New Year Show, Axel Arts, Bath (2019); Art Parks, Guernsey (2018); Gallery 21, Salisbury (2018); Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Axle Arts, Tasburgh House, Bath (2018); Group Show, Bath Contemporary, Bath (2017). His work is included in numerous private collections in the UK and abroad and has been purchased for corporate collections including Singer & Freidlander Merchant Bank London.

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