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Philip Jackson (sculptor)

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Philip Henry Christopher Jackson CVO DL (born 18 April 1944)[1] is a Scottish sculptor, noted for his modern style and emphasis on form. Acting as Royal Sculptor to Queen Elizabeth II, his sculptures appear in numerous UK cities, as well as Argentina and Switzerland.

His twice life-size (6 metre tall) bronze statue of Bobby Moore was erected outside the main entrance at the new Wembley Stadium in May 2007, to pay tribute to his effect on the game.

Philip Jackson was born in Scotland during the Second World War and now works at the Edward Lawrence Studio in Midhurst, West Sussex and lives nearby. He went to the Farnham School of Art (now the University for the Creative Arts). After leaving school, he was a press photographer for a year and then joined a design company as a sculptor. Half of his time is spent on commissions and the other half on his gallery sculpture. He is well known for his major outdoor pieces, such as the Young Mozart in Chelsea and the Jersey Liberation sculpture. His sources of inspiration have been Jacob Epstein, Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Oscar Nemon and Kenneth Armitage. But the most powerful influences in his life are his wife Jean and son Jamie who work with him.

Philip Jackson describes his art in the following words:[2]

My sculptures are essentially an impressionistic rendering of the figure. Where you see the figure seemingly grow out of the ground, the texture resembles tree bark, rock, or lava flow. As the eye moves up the sculpture, the finish becomes gentler & more delicately worked, culminating in the hands and the mask, both of which are precisely observed & modelled.


Jackson was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2009 Birthday Honours list.[3]

On 1 April 2008, Jackson was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex.[4]

His work on the RAF Bomber Command Memorial won him the 2013 Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture.[5]


As well as producing commissions, Jackson also creates 'studio' works, mainly theatrical subjects. One of his most celebrated works was the life-size nude, Maggie Reading.

It was announced on 6 September 2019 that Mr Jackson had been commissioned to build the National Emergency Services Memorial which was being backed by the Duke of Cambridge and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Birthdays", The Guardian, p. 47, 18 April 2014
  2. ^ "Philip Jackson: Artworks". ArtNet. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  3. ^ "No. 59090". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2009. p. 3.
  4. ^ "Latest Lieutenants - West Sussex". West Sussex County Times. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture". Marsh Christian Trust. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Prince William and Boris Johnson back first national memorial for emergency service workers". Telegraph. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  7. ^ "This memorial will reset our national view of emergency workers". Telegraph. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.

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