Simant Bostock

Simant was born in Oxford in 1948. He remembers visiting Pitt Rivers Museum of Anthropology as a child and discovering a world of sacred artefacts, sculptures and magic that was to provide a strong influence on his work. After leaving school at 15 and unable to find satisfying work, he travelled throughout Europe and the Middle East (and later India and Nepal) returning to England to study fine art and art history at university and to work with autistic children. As a qualified art therapist, Simant practiced in psychiatry for many years before moving to Glastonburyto develop his own work as an artist and photographer. Here he opened a small studio producing copies of prehistoric goddesses Celtic gods and power animals as well as larger works of figurative art and sculpture. He also amassed an extensive photo library megalithic sites. His sculpture has been commissioned and exhibited in the UK and USA and his photography has featured in many books on ancient sites.. Simant now lives and works on the Hebridean island of Lewis.
"My work both as a sculptor and photographers inspired by the megalithic monuments of Britain and Ireland and their associated mythology. In legend these ancient sacred sites of the Neolithic and Bronze Ages were entrances to the Celtic Otherworld built by the Tuatha de Danann - the people of the goddess Danu - a mythical race of gods and goddesses who inhabited Britain and Ireland before the coming of the Celts. They were known as the Shining Ones, the Sidhe - the Fairy Folk of Celtic legend - and the fairy faith in the Celtic lands remained strong well into the 20th century. Stories of the Tuatha de Danann can be understood on many levels. They can simply be enjoyed as fairy tales and stories for our own entertainment, or they may help illuminate the spiritual beliefs and wisdom of our ancient ancestors. Myths do not simply entertain; they are symbolic stories carrying a deeper meaning. Myth reveals the world of the gods, the spirit world and the universal timeless forces of creation within all things. In these stories are preserved the spirit and beauty of our own cultural heritage, the remains of an ancient Western spiritual tradition.
The Tuatha de Danann can also be seen as archetypal images from the Collective Unconscious symbolising aspects of our own psyche. These archetypal images form from the inherited patterns of human imagination and experiences rising from a universal and timeless realm in the depths of the human mind. In these symbolic images is found the expression of the ancient wisdom and healing potential of the Unconscious. In dream, creative imagination and myth these images offer guidance, direction and renewal to our lives, nourishing the growth and fulfilment of our potential. The magical world of imagination provides a vital link with our inner self and the source of our existence nourishing a spiritual awareness that gives meaning to life.
When I create a sculpture I feel I am not only making an image but also a kind of healing magic or a prayer in visual form. Working with these ancient sacred sites and their myths and legends has becomean important part of my own spiritual journey. My interest in art has always been in its magical power as a vehicle of transformation and healing."

Sculptures are generally cast in Crystacast and hand-painted, cold-cast bronze, or marble resin. They come with an information card about their history and attributes. They are produced in limited editions. Other work uses natural materials including skulls, bones, horns, feathers, boxwood and stone.


Example Works

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