"I couldn't be more pleased. The sculpture has captured not only the outward resemblance of the man, but a deep inner reality. The eyes and expression project a man of great experience and wisdom - a sense of knowing and understanding, with a philosophical attitude toward life. And that was Whitman. Congratulations!
I am proud to have commissioned of such a fine work."
David R Weinberg
best rendering of Thomas
Jefferson that I have ever seen
in any medium. This is an absolutely stunning likeness
that captures his nobility of mind and spiri. Jefferson
was an American original and this work does him justice."
Smock, Director, Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative
Studies, and Former Historian for the U.S. House of Representatives
"It was a great pleasure to work with Stuart Williamson
on the bronze sculpture of Lucius
was selected in a national search knowing that there
was great significance attached to the first in a
prestigious series of commissions. The resulting
sculpture is of the highest caliber and we are all
indebted to Stuart Williamson and his ability to
connect us to our past."
Antenucci Becherer, Community Legends, Grand Rapids.
"Delighted by your sterling and
quite outstanding work. You were a
real joy to work with: patient, a listening presence,
and most of
all, a great teacher. Yours is a very special talent and I cannot thank you
or Jeremy for
introducing you to me, enough".
Professor Kevin Thompson
Director of the Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong
From the Family of Dr. Robert Knight, for many years
a strong supporter for a statue of Keats at Guys
Hospital, London, and to whom the statue is dedicated.
"Dear Mr Williamson,
My sons and I were delighted with your statue of John
Keats which was unveiled last week. I know how very pleased
my husband would have been if he could have seen it. Hopefully
those at Guy's and from the surrounding community will
be able to appreciate it for many years".
With best wishes
'From Dr. Hugh Saxton to
Dr, Michael O'Brien, Guys
I came away from the unveiling saying to myself
that I must write to you. First to congratulate you on
seeing the project through and for your input into design
and setting. Second to ask you to congratulate and thank
Stuart Williamson for a really marvellous piece of sculpture
(Keats). I found it exquisitely done and very moving.'
I enjoyed working with Stuart – having never commissioned
a traditional bronze before it was really imperative that
I had confidence that the sculptor truly understood the
brief. Stuart communicated with me throughout the commissioning
process and despite the fact that we had thousands of miles
and several countries between us I always felt utterly
certain that he would deliver something that we would be
proud of. Keats now
rests here on the Guy’s campus
and is admired and photographed by many on a daily basis – all
this is a tribute to Stuart’s excellent skills as
Director of Art and Heritage
Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, London
"Let me start
by saying that the final work fully exceeds my expectations
and therefore, I could not be more pleased with the
result. I feel that you have not only put your talents
and skills as an artist in our search for the likeness
but I feel you have also put your heart into it, which
makes a big difference between an ordinary work and
a master piece. A far as I am concerned, you have reproduced my idea as to
Bolívar´s appearance almost up to the
smallest detail. I also believe you have "translated" the
stylized 3/4 portrait into " real anatomy" and combined
it cleverly with Roulin's and Meucci's profiles, as
if you have guessed what they caught and missed when
they painted or drew Bolívar".
took my breath away, but Franklin leaves me completely
without oxygen. This is great art. I just love it. It captures
the moment and the man beautifully. Franklin was old, sick,
and in considerable pain during the Convention. Yet he
was alert, interested, and engaged. He, perhaps more so
than some of the other delegates, sensed the historical
awe of the moment of the Signing and knew how fragile this
agreement was until it was ratified and put into action.
This portrait captures all these things subtley and in
a very human context. It is a new Franklin, but also one
that will be familiar to anyone who has seen the many images
of him that exist. My heartiest congratulations to Stuart
Williamson and everyone at the studio. It is a tour de
- Constitution Centre, Philadelphia
"Mr. Stuart Williamson is
a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. This
honour confirms his status as an outstanding sculptor.
He has been a member for about 15 years and a Fellow for
the last 10. Mr. Williamson is an acknowledged expert within
portrait and figurative sculpture, embracing what might
be referred to as "traditional" skills and which
include the use of terracotta which is a highly specialized
skill within the genre. These skills and this expertise
are becoming increasingly rare and I should take this opportunity
to stress the importance of making them available to a
wider audience and passing on this knowledge to the younger
generation. I believe that Mr. Williamson is able to utilize
his enormous wealth of experience to that end and I encourage
and support his efforts to that end and opportunities given
to him to help achieve those outcomes. I therefore have
ho hesitation in confirming my unreserved support for Mr.
Stuart Williamson FRBS as an entirely worthy candidate
for acknowledgement as possessing suitable "extraordinary
ability" in justification of the appropriate visa".
Yours sincerely and with many
thanks, Professor Brian
Falconbridge. President: Royal
British Society of Sculptors
"Mr. Williamson is
able not only to practice his craft himself to an extraordinary
level, he was also able to communicate his skills to the
students who each produced an extremely good portrait bust
(quite convincing), of the then Director of the Academy,
Professor Lo King Man.
In the amount of
time available, to bring raw beginners to such a level
of competency was quite remarkable, and the sign of a person
who knows his medium absolutely, and is second nature to
Propmaker/Senior Lecturer Hong Kong Academy for Performing
"It was while I was Head of Studios
at Madame Tussaud's that I came to know Stuart Williamson.
I have no hesitation in saying that Stuart is a sculptor
of outstanding ability. He has an extraordinary talent
for portrait sculpture, while possessing a thorough understanding
in all aspects of sculpture. Although he has a natural
flair and ability for sculpture, he showed a dedication
and application that raised his work to a standard rarely
found in this country or abroad. This is coupled with an
unassuming and friendly manner which easily engages his
subject. I have known him create genuine rapport with such
diverse people such as Pavarotti, Morgan Freeman, Michael
Caine, F.W. de Klerk of South Africa, or "Prince".
In addition to his outstanding talent as a sculptor, he
posesses a strong organizing abilities in planning, execution,
and the creating and inspiring of a team. Without reservation,
I recommend him to you as a unique talent".
of Studios (retired) - Society of Portrait Sculptors
"I am saddened at your leaving. You are one of the best tutors we ever had! and your own work as an artist is absolutely great! We all feel the same at the College. Please keep in touch."
From Dr. Ramos-Poqui
Head of Fine Arts and Theoretical Studies,
Kensington Chelsea College, London
"I was first introduced to Stuart Williamson as a student in his figurative sculpture classes which he taught for Kensington and Chelsea College for 3 years. During this time, his class remained full and, in fact, there was a waiting list to join.
Stuart was an inspirational teacher with a passion and real skills in communicating his area of expertise to students of all levels and backgrounds. Indeed these days it is unusual to find a teacher with traditional knowledge of these areas and with an ability to put them across in a structured and supportive fashion. Furthermore, in addition to the technical expertise, he gives me the confidence to pursue my artistic ability beyond that of a hobby and develop as an artist".
Yours sincerely, Claire-Anne Escoffey
"Stuart Williamson taught portrait and figurative sculpture to adult students at Kensington Chelsea College for three years. He has a very skilled, traditional and professional approach in his teachings. These skills are particularly valuable and rare in these days when art schools are failing to teach these traditional skills".
David Houchin, Honorary Secretary
"I have had the
pleasure of working very closely with Stuart Wiliamson for
the past eleven years here in NY at studioEIS, a NY based
sculpture and design studio that I am the founder and director
I can say unequivocally
that in my 30 years of running the studio, Mr. Williamson has the greatest powers of observation and skills to match
those critical factors for anyone engaged in visual storytelling.
Stuart has had a profound impact upon the studio as he not only sculpts at the highest possible level, but teaches those around him in a manner consistent with someone who is a master
at their craft.
As a man he is modest
but profoundly confident, which makes his seemingly understated
presence that much more powerful especially in the context
of his amazing work. I would venture to say there are few
who can utilize the skills of a great sculptor and also have
patience and presence of mid to be a willing teacher, but
I can tell you that Williamson has demonstrated time and
time again that these qualities do translate directly to
those around him.
Our working relationship
spans a vast time period thorough numerous high profile projects,
and Stuart's skills when coupled with his serious, yet easy
manner have made a huge contribution to StudioEIS' history
and indeed the nation's cultural history".
"On a recent Sunday afternoon,
everyone gathered around Stuart Williamson while he sculpted
the bust of our beautiful model. Stuart is a master sculptor
who has had an exceptional career. He has had sittings, while
working at world famous Madame Toussads, with artists such
as Tony Bennett, and Morgan Freeman to name a few. Stuart
provided a very informative and entertaining afternoon. His
ability to communicate is exceptional. Our students raved
for weeks about this demonstration. We are eternally grateful
to have had Stuart grace our students with his worldly wisdom".
Academy, Long Island,
"Stuart Williamson's training
included sculpting clay heads, life-cast hands, plaster piece-moulding,
wax-casting, cleaning of seams, insertion of hair and eyes,
colouring, as well as briefing on how to conserve these pieces.
The new permanent exhibition was officially opened in December
2002. The impact and results were great. This project motivated
other museums to revalue their exhibitions and objectives.
Stuart Williamson's unique ability
on realistic sculpture attracted the interest of the media
and of the whole community. In 2003, the municipality of
Quito managed to get further funds from the British Embassy
for a second training course, which benefited other 13 artists
and encouraged the museum to go ahead with a project to open
a small room for blind people".
Cardenas Yepez, Art
Restorer and Museologist