Tom Waugh’s journey began in 2001 as an apprentice stonemason in Bristol. He went on to work on some of the country’s most iconic buildings but his interest in street art eventually led him to create sculpture in stone and marble that crossed over from the classical tradition to the world of contemporary and Urban Art. Waugh uses hyper-realism and traditional techniques to challenge ideas of material value. Tensions and contradictions present themselves in his work: between traditional and contemporary art; between temporality and permanence and between humour and serious environmental and social issues. In 2018 Waugh won the Best Sculptor and People’s Choice awards at the Inaugural Rise Art Prize. He is a member of the Royal society of Sculptors and has exhibited work in London, Bristol, Paris and Santa Ana, California. His Public work can be seen in St Helens Square in the City of London, at Harrow View West and in the sculpture collection of Warwick University.