"Every person seeks to present the very best of themselves. Hundreds of years ago it was in grand self-portraits and today it's through carefully curated social media profiles. But this isn't who we really are.
Teresa Wells' art recognizes that when we're alone and unsure of ourselves, that's when our true humanity comes through. It's our wholes selves that make us beautiful - complete with frailties, emotions and imperfections. We don't survive in spite of our flaws, but because of them. Her work captures this duality of the inner and outer self that exists in all of us.
Whether it be a body arching backwards or one perched on the edge of a ledge, there's a dynamism and passion in each wonderfully detailed sculpture Wells creates."
Teresa Wells creates emotive figurative sculptures in bronze, that celebrate man’s physical and emotional survival over adversity. Inspired by the question “How do Humans Behave”, she draws inspiration from the contours of athletes and ballet dancers to emphasise a physical strength, placing them in precarious poses to stress fragility.
She employs an illustrative style that pertains to theatrical gesturing, with particular attention made in re creating detail in the face, hands and feet. This creates a powerful and spiritual force, initiating reflection on one’s own psyche. When combined with geometric architectural supports, in steel and stone, she shows a contemporary approach to bronze, lifting it off the the plinth and making it appear less monumental and traditional.
Previous themes have included survival, endurance, frailty, miscommunication, and morality.
Graduating from Loughborough University, in 2007 she was awarded a grant enabling her to produce her first solo show and establish a studio at Harborough Magna in the Midlands.
A skilled maker, she understands the bronze casting process first hand, after taking up an eighteen month residency in Shropshire, culminating in her producing the highly successful “I Spirit”, installed opposite Tate Britain.
A capable project manager, she is experienced in collaborating with mechanical and structural engineers, to safely install both private and public works of art including The Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea School of Arts. She has a successful track record working with private clients and interior designers in the Midlands and Shropshire, to commission and brief.
Previous collections, which include her figurative tableaux installations, have featured in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Receiving critical acclaim in several publications and on line art platforms, she has also received numerous awards, and is a member of The Royal Society of Sculptors.
In addition she has curated six solo shows of her work and has sold pieces through SAATCHI, BLOCC Interiors (formerly Connections in Design Ltd), Inside Right Ltd and AK Designs, Shropshire.