Artist Matthew Simmonds creates miniature sculptures that are meticulously carved out of stone and marble. As a trained stone mason, Simmonds focuses on architectural stone carving with a special interest in sacred architecture. After working for several years as an illustrator, in 1991 he studied architectural stone carving at Weymouth technical college.
Matthew used raw stone, part of his interest in producing these pieces is centered around the contrast between the curved precision of his hand against the rough nature of the natural material he chooses for each work. The pieces’ concept also deals with this human influence on raw environments, humans physically displaying their beliefs and achievements by building large physical forms. His small-scale artworks are self-described ‘internal worlds’ and each one of the pieces explores themes such as the play of light and shadow as well as the relationship between nature and human achievement.
Here are some of the creations of Matthew Simmonds. You can see more artwork on his website.