SCULPTOR’S PROFILE – ALAN GLASBY O.B.E, G.M. 1945 – 2008.
I consider that I was extremely fortunate to have not only met, but have a stand at the CLA Game Fair next to Alan Glasby in c2006 and 2007. He was charming but extremely modest, and thought to be probably our best Bird Sculptor at that time. Tragically Alan died unexpectedly in 2008. His son Andrew Glasby has fortunately continued in his Father’s footsteps, and I have been able to help promote both His Father and Andrew’s stunning sculptures since 2008.
Alan Glasby was born in Derbyshire and educated at Chesterfield Grammar School for Boys. On leaving school he began a career as an explosives engineer that spanned 35 years. In 1974 he was awarded the George Medal for bomb disposal duties and in 1991 he received the O.B.E for his work in the post Gulf War ammunition recovery operation.
A keen competitive sportsman his main interest was target rifle shooting; major achievements in this area were the winning of two National Championships, a World Championship team Gold medal and Her Majesty the Queens Medal for champion shot in the British Army.
Although interested in wildlife and art from an early age, it was not until 1988 that Alan decided to ‘have a go’ at carving and sculpture after an inspiring conversation with a colleague who had served in America and been bitten by the decoy carving bug.
With no formal artistic carving or sculptural training he developed his own carving style and methods, his pieces are all birds and he had belief that each piece should display its own unique presence and character. Work ranges from polished natural wood pieces in antique or contemporary styles, to highly detailed carvings that are as close to the real thing as possible. All of Alan’s pieces are now produced as limited editions in Bronze
Alan’s work is widely collected throughout the country and abroad. Commissions include a life sized Goshawk that was presented to the Oman School of Aircraft control by HRH Prince Andrew, a half size Golden Eagle for the Royal Auxiliary Air Force for presentation to Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II to mark 50 years as Air Commodore-in-Chief, a snipe for the RSPB for annual presentation as an award for Wetlands Conservation and a Sandpiper for the Scottish Charity ‘The Sandpiper Trust’.
Alan was diagnosed with cancer in early January 2008 and very sadly passed away on 16th March 2008, after a courageous fight.
The Glasby family, wife Pauline and son’s Andrew and Chris continue to work together to ensure AG Sculptures, Alan’s wonderful legacy lives on. ANDREW GLASBY has his own website including his Fathers remaining sculptures: www.ag-sculptures.co.uk
Andrew is very proud to be able to continue to produce his father’s work, having learned over the years his closely guarded secrets of the craft. He patinates all of his Father’s sculptures which gives each piece a truly unique finish.