Joseph Leo Hayton is a modern artist who embraces traditional techniques but uses processes and practices and even some of the tools, that Donatello or even Michelangelo would have been familiar with.
Joseph has taken his inspiration from the pioneers of classical sculpture, from Renaissance sculptors and even from his modern and most contemporary peers but his passion is in his pursuit to produce as true a depiction of anatomy as is possible.
His subject and studies are of equine anatomy or most recently the exploration of human and figurative work.
Joseph's training was with some of the UK's leading teachers of stonemasonry at the prestigious Stone Sculpting College in York. During his training his ability was further recognised when he received an award from the Masonic province of Yorkshire and North East Craft Lodges.
Joe excelled in his training and quickly became competent in complex pieces of stonemasonry.
His creative side came to the forefront and soon mirrored his exceptional technical ability. He became more and more passionate in his pursuit of the artistry of stone sculpture and his desire to expose beautiful sculptural pieces.
In 2012 Joseph realised his dream and established himself as a stone artist and sculptor. He works with a combination of traditional materials and begins his studies in clay which can then be turned into very exclusive bronzes.
These clay studies provide Joe with the technical information needed to work on the final stone sculpture.
In just a few short years Joseph has established himself as one of the greatest stone sculptors working in the UK today.
With several public commissions already under his belt, this young man can only get better and this stunning collection of equine figures is just the beginning of his legacy...