Jamie McCartney is an English sculptor, trained at Hartford Art School, USA, where he graduated in 1991. Jamie is an artist who is hard to define. “I blame my degree in Experimental Studio Art... I’m still experimenting”. He admits to being a sculptor but shuns any closer definition. “I make things”. This mock humility belies a strong character with a definite je ne sais quoi... A maverick, a self-confessed enfant terrible and what he makes is causing a stir.

McCartney began his career running his own forge, making abstract animal sculptures in steel. He subsequently moved into sculpture, prop making and special effects in the film industry. Jamie worked on films such as Blackhawk Down, Charlotte Gray, Around the World in 80 Days, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Casino Royale.

The influence of his work in the film industry are clearly seen in his sculpture practice. Materials and techniques adopted are used in his assemblage-style work, combining i.e. animal hides, taxidermy, human teeth with sculpted and cast body parts. His interest in the human body has led to some unusual work i.e. Actaeon, a man's torso cast in deer hide and The Impossibility of Passion, the beginnings of his move into what he calls Neo-Surrealism.