Animal theatre mask by Tony Davies Rugby wire sculpture on roundabout by Tony Davies and David Gosling Theatre performer wearing mask by Tony Davies Horse wire sculpture by Tony Davies

Tony Davies is an artist based in Brighton, specialising in wire sculptures and mask commissions.

Tony Davies is an artist based in Brighton, specialising in wire sculptures and mask commissions.

Elephant and zoo-keeper in Kidlington by Tony Davies Pheasant wire sculpture by Tony Davies Rugby wire sculpture in Rugby by Tony Davies and David Gosling Sheep wire sculpture by Tony Davies Rugby wire sculpture in a garden by Tony Davies and David Gosling

Tony’s background is in art, theatre and performance. Character and body language influence all his work.

His sculptures of people and animals are created in steel and wire for public spaces and private gardens. His masks are elegant and striking, with subtle nuances to create characters with depth in performance.

Based in his Brighton studio, Tony’s work ranges from intricate, detailed theatrical masks to large, public wire sculptures… and much in between.

Get in touch for further details on wire sculptures or mask commissions.

Twitter: @Daviesartist

Tel: +44 7870 569319

Dog with ball wire sculpture on Brighton beach by Tony Davies

Wire Sculpture

Tony has been experimenting with wire sculptures for the past 20 years. He continues to develop his theatrical approach to wire sculptures; experimenting with character, body language, scale and a range of materials and finishes.

He also collaborated with environmental artist David Gosling. Together they crafted an affable scarecrow and a girl on a pogo stick inspired by a child’s drawing for a primary school in Kew. They also created three large public sculptures for Rugby Borough Council celebrating the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Tony was commissioned to design and install a life-size elephant and zoo-keeper onto a roundabout at Kidlington for Cherwell District Council and Kidlington Parish Council. He returns to Rugby in 2019 to create a series of family figures for a further roundabout.

His largest private commission to date was an inquisitive, tethered horse outside a converted stable. The horse was made with steel rods and galvanised wire with a real leather bridle. Other recent animals include dogs, sheep, lambs, butterflies, foxes and pheasants.

Rugby wire sculpture by Tony Davies and David Gosling

Mask Commissions

Tony makes masks in a range of styles, including caricature, naive, archetypal, neutral and commedia dell’arte; forms include helmet, half-masks, full masks and noses. Commissions have been completed for schools, colleges, universities, theatres and theatre companies. Each mask is sculpted in clay which is then cast to create a papier-mache mask that can withstand rigorous touring.

Tony has also created numerous cardboard masks for children; including birds and animals for a production of Noye’s Fludde at the Royal Albert Hall.

Masks in Action by Tony Davies book cover

The Artist

Trained at Middlesex University, Tony has over 30 years experience in theatre as a performer, director, mask-maker, workshop leader, voice-over artist and lecturer.

He was Artistic Director and co-founder of Trading Faces Theatre Company (1987-2007), specialising in masks, participation and physical theatre. As part of Trading Faces’ touring mask exhibitions, Tony experimented with sculpting figures in wire as a dynamic way of exhibiting the masks. He also co-directed with Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company and Forest Forge Theatre Company and was Artistic Director of Haringey Shed.

Tony is the author of Masks in Action, which explores techniques for making masks and approaches to devising and performing mask theatre.

He also taught at Abingdon & Witney College where he was course leader for theatre and production and lecturer in art.

Tony Davies on horse wire sculpture