Guy Taplin

Guy Taplin was born in the east end of London in 1939. A few years after leaving school he was employed as a bird keeper to oversee the protection and preservation of waterfowl in Regents Park.  This early experience gave Guy the inspiration to what would become a lifelong love for nature and birds. Guy later moved to the Essex coast where he could observe shorebirds in their beautiful natural surroundings. Using raw materials from the coastline such as weathered timber, driftwood and sea shells he created hand carved bird sculptures which later gave him the nick name ‘Bird Man’. Guy’s sculptures are understandably sought after by fine art collectors. His works have been exhibited around the world and are held in public collections including the Tate Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh, Arts Council of Great Britain, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe Hambourg and Washington State University. Private collections include the Royal Collection, Guiness Family, Baroness Kingsmill, Sainsbury Family, Michael Palin, Michael Heseltine, Sir Clive Woodward and the Late Dame Elisabeth Frink.