Wilfrid Wood: Drawing People
Based in London’s Hackney Wick, Wilfrid Wood sculpts faces from plasticine. From Justin Bieber to David Bowie, no-one is too famous for Wilfrid’s satirical contortions, and no-one too good-looking to be taken down a peg. But for a new exhibition opening this weekend, Wilfrid has leant his finely honed observation skills to a different medium – drawing. Cutting his teeth making models for Spitting Image, it’s unsurprising that Wilfrid’s plasticine creations demonstrate an acerbic wit that must make even the most emotionally secure wince. From Paul McCartney’s mouth puckered like an anus to Harry Redknapp’s cavernously sunken eyes, Wilfrid’s take on the human face is both cutting and charming – a fact that has led to commissions from the likes of The New Yorker, Vice and Colette. Showing a more tender side, his drawings – all done from life – are intimate snapshots of some of the people he’s met. A new exhibition, called Drawing People, opens on Friday 6 July at Space Gallery in Hackney. Ahead of the show we caught up with Wilfrid to chat switching to sketching, drawing from life and craving approval. Read the full interview here.