Sculpture/Interior Design: ▲ Guy Taplin (b1939), Goose Head II, 1998, Patinated Bronze, Signed, titled and numbered 2/25, 20cm, Guy was born in 1939 in the East End of London on the eve of World War Two. His love affair with birds started as a young boy, inspired during a country walk in Hereford with his mother., After leaving school he had a number of menial jobs before working as a bird keeper in Regent’s Park while training to become a Buddhist monk. In the park, Guy remembers “I used to look after the ducks in the park and saw all these decoy ducks in the antique markets. I thought ‘I could make some of these’ - somebody came into the park and asked if they could have a few and it took off.” So in 1975 he began carving birds and four years later he dedicated his full time to fine art., His first show at the Portal Gallery was an enormous success and everything sold. His Essex workshop sits on a beach at the head of two tidal estuaries, the Blackwater and the Colne. Surrounded by birds and deposited driftwood Guy is in his element. Guy looks for wrecked boats, flotsam and jetsam, broken jetties and dunnage from passing cargo boats to make his sculptures. He finds that this kind of material has a special significance because it has had a life before he creates his bird forms. Weathered by time and the elements, each piece of wood bears marks that enhance his design, suggesting the outline of a wing or layers of plumage. His work is now also cast in bronze, bringing it to a wider audience., He has exhibited internationally and his fans include Joanne Lumley, Ridley Scott and Michael Palin.