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Jess Wallace

Jess Wallace rode as a professional National Hunt jockey for six years and, upon retirement from race riding, attended the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, graduating with distinction. She then worked with the Department of Palaeontology of the Natural History Museum, making precision fossil drawings for archives and publication, and on a collaboration between the Natural History Museums of London and China.

Jess left London to paint the wilder fringes of Wales and Scotland before a sojourn in Yorkshire brought her back into close contact with horses. Dogs, cows, pigs, and other animals entered the equation and her vision expanded to include work that resulted in bronzes of these beings. Now finally settled in West Wales with various rescue animals, her work is a daily record of the distilled moments of this shared existence.


Jess's sculptures are solid bronze (not bronze resin) and they are cast using the “lost wax” process, which has been used for at least 5000 years. This process is highly complex, labour intensive and requires enormous skill. The maximum of any edition is eight, although each bronze is individually heavily re-worked at the wax stage, making them essentially unique. When the edition is complete, the original mould is destroyed and no further casts are made.

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