About the Artist:
Born in Bath, England at the outbreak of World War II, as a baby John Perry narrowly escaped death when his home was destroyed by a German bomb. Growing up in Plymouth, Norwich, and London, he attended Nottingham University, (whose only famous scion of note was D.H. Lawrence) where he obtained a degree in geology. Changing direction immediately, he moved to studying business administration at the London Polytechnic and then briefly went into management. Changing direction again in 1967, he immigrated to the United States on the British wave led by the Beatles, and within a year, he found himself making a living, admittedly hand-to-mouth, as a sculptor.
John had received no formal training in art, but he had from a very young age enjoyed modeling things of clay. At the age of seven, he was diagnosed with Perthe’s, a rare bone disease related to the development of the head of the femur. In those days, the remedy was complete bed rest. For almost 18 months, he sat in bed, endless hours at his disposal, and it was there he believes he developed his skill with he hands. “It’s rare,” he claims, “but nice when sometimes in life a major setback can have a beneficial side effect. I now consider myself truly fortunate to be able to make a living doing that which gives me so much pleasure.”
In 1973, John founded the Studio with the concept of applying the very latest materials and molding techniques to the reproduction of his sculpture in order to make it as broadly accessible as possible. He developed Pellucida, a compound of resins that can be presented in a variety of forms: the frosted white version resembling bisque porcelain; the beige version, Balanite, looks like polished ivory; and, the black version, Ebonite, like polished ebony. Some of the pieces are air-brushed for a realistic look.
The response during the past 30 years has been such that John Perry’s work has passed into the possession of literally millions of people. During the past three years, he has created increasing numbers of limited-edition bronze sculptures.
Dogbotz Boneyard appreciates the sculptures of John Perry because of the unique materials and techniques that he has been able to use to create such life-like renditions of the creatures, both natural and fantastic, of Earth Mother. In the resins he shapes, the details of the birds and animals he depicts come across as sleek and beautiful to the viewer. The wood or marble bases upon which the subjects rest also reflect the environment in which the creature lives. And so, from our Dogbotz Boneyard Gallery of Art for your own personal collection, we present John Perry’s Seal Lying on Its Back.