Simon Ruscoe, a self-taught sculptor, has been working quietly away for years. He gained a degree In Fine Art in 2000 and, as is typical with many real and talented artists, has supported his practice by doing a variety of jobs – including a cleaner, hospital worker and art technician. In many ways this serves to underpin the authenticity of his sculptures in a contemporary context. Ruscoe is a sculptor who documents and questions moral, social, political and cultural values.
Over the years his sculptures have become increasingly challenging and sophisticated in narrative content and meaning. Clearly enthused by the expressive, dramatic narratives of the Baroque, he cites Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Rubens as a major influence although his work has an intrinsic modern vigour.
Other influences on Ruscoe’s oeuvre include Canova, Rodin, Kaethe Kallwitz, Louise Bourgeois, Antony Gormley and Clare Flint, a socially committed painter.