Robert Hunt has been a serious sculptor since the early 1980s but had to juggle this passion with earlier careers in both the Army and the City. However in 2000 he managed to take up the profession full time and now works very happily from his studio in Winchester.
He is primarily a portrait sculptor and has completed over 50 commissions in the last 20 years. Most of his work is ‘in the round’ but he also has a special interest in bas relief and has undertaken a number of commissions for the Royal Mint. In 2004 he received the Olin-Stones Award for best relief sculpture at the Society of Portrait Sculptors annual exhibition at The Gallery, Cork Street in London.
In 2011 he completed a major public commission for Jesus College, Cambridge – an over-life size bust of Professor Jacob Bronowski, the famous mathematician, scientist and broadcaster, familiar to many for his television series ‘The Ascent of Man’ in the 1960s. Although the majority of his commissions are generated in the United Kingdom, his work is included in private collections in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
He is a Council member, Honorary Secretary and trustee of The Society of Portrait Sculptors. He organises and is a regular exhibitor with the Society’s annual open exhibition in London and arranged a major exhibition of the Society’s work in Winchester Cathedral in 2010. Other memberships include the Armed Forces Arts Society and the Surrey Sculpture Society with which he has also exhibited.
He is a part-time board member of the City of Winchester Trust and a Member of the Fabric Advisory Committee for Portsmouth Cathedral.