Holiday Makers of Sidmouth Artist Wilfrid Wood (Photographer Arthur Gray)

Holiday Makers of Sidmouth

Mischievous and funny, this image brings both a characterful and observational perspective of holiday time in Sidmouth, a place where visitors come to enjoy themselves, the beach, the ice-creams and the kids.

Sculpted in plasticine, the series of heads and figures, including Sidmouth’s infamous “chip stealing” seagulls, reflect the artist's wit and charm as he takes a cheeky look at holiday making in Sidmouth.

Wilfrid is renowned for portraying everyday people and famous characters from all walks of life. Each piece invites the viewer to look again - first at the caricature and then at the individual personalities he has created.

On being asked to create a work for Sidmouth:

“Initially I didn’t know what on earth to do since I’ve never been to Sidmouth. After battling with an idea involving the local donkey sanctuary I hit on these sculptures of classic English holiday-makers. I hope they raise a local satirical smirk.” 

Based in London Wilfrid Wood is well-known for his satirical sculptures in papier mache, polymer clay and plasticine which are commissioned and exhibited around the world. Wilfrid trained in graphics before working in the 80s building latex heads for the satirical TV show Spitting Image.

The sculptures in the image are on show at The Museum of Contemporary Art our new art space Telephone Box Micro Museums, at The Market Square, Sidmouth.

Wilfrid also joined Sidmouth School of Art in Sidmouth as part of their collaboration with South West Arts Summer School Plasticine-head portraits with sculptor Wilfrid Wood.

Wilfrid Wood and Holiday Makers of Sidmouth