Williamson had his first stone sculpture commission in 1984 for
Lancaster City Council with Medieval Knight. which stands outside
the Law Courts. This brought further commissions in Lancaster, including
Mary and Babe at Lancaster Priory. Other big works are at Lancaster
University campus, arranged through The Peter Scott Gallery. At
St Martins College he was commissioned to sculpt St Martin
and the Beggar. Shawn's
approach inspired Lancaster City Council to engineer the Tern Project.
In 1985 Shawn went to Ambleside to work for 85-year-old Josefina
de Vasconcellos, a great sculptress with a legacy stretching back
to Rodin through Antoine Bourdelle. Keen to learn from his new teacher,
Shawn helped Josefina with her larger stone sculpture commissions,
while beginning some of his own.
His work follows in the Romantic tradition inspired
by Wordsworth, Coleridge and Byron, and he is also interested in
Shawn is currently carving a 7-foot angel at Rydal Hall as a memorial
to Josefina, who died in 2005 aged 100.
More of Shawns larger works can be seen in West Cumbria and
other parts of the UK. Shawn is a member of the Artworkers
Shawn's Cumbrian novel Mauler ISBN 1904524370 (Hayloft Publishing)
brings much of the substance of his work as a sculptor to life in
the form of the written word.
In August 2008 Shawn was appointed
a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Shawn Williamson FRSA