Born in 1959 in Edinburgh, attended the John Neilson School in Paisley, then entered the Glasgow School of Art in 1976. Graduated 1980 (BA Hons, 1st class).
Postgraduate studies at the University of Glasgow 1980 to 1983.
Begins work as a sculptor in Paisley in 1983, working for private clients.
First architectural sculptures from 1989, in strict neo-classical style.
First public monuments from 1992, developing a heroic-realist style for historical costume works.
Purchases by national and civic collections in Scotland in mid 1990s. Commences long-term lecturing strategy, giving public talks in Scotland, England and America on various aspects of sculpture-making, from technique to design and theory.
Late 1990s; begins looking at Irish and Scots Ossianic subjects from a neo-Grecian formal standpoint. By the middle of the following decade, Stoddart has completed essays in neo-Florentine, “New Sculpture” and even Baroque styles. Subject-matter extends into the Hindu corpus, with associated studies in philosophical Buddhism, ancient and modern forms of existentialism and Christianity.
Awarded a Doctorate of the University of Paisley in 1997
Monument to John Witherspoon unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal in Paisley. A duplicate cast erected before the University Chapel in Princeton, N.J. USA
2000: begins work on Buckingham Palace’s new Queen’s Gallery sculpture programme. (Completed 2002)
2002; begins statue of Immanuel Kant. (Completed 2003)
2002; begins monument to Robert Louis Stevenson for Edinburgh. (Completed 2003, unveiled 2004)
Awarded Classical America Award 2001 NY
Member of the Committee of Honour of INTBAU (International Network of Traditional Building Architecture And Urbanism), and is also a member of INTBAU's College for Traditional Practitioners
Made Honorary Professor in the Department of Arts and Media, University of Paisley.
Honorary Doctorate awarded by Glasgow University, 2006
Appointed Sculptor in Ordinary to The Queen in Scotland , 30th December, 2008
Alexander Stoddart is currently engaged upon a large scheme of statuary for a civic site in Atlanta, GA, USA, and is preparing works for other American clients. An important Scottish project in hand is the Adam Smith Monument for Edinburgh’s High Street.
Further projects include a large sculpture-scheme for a new private Chapel in North Britain (Craig Hamilton, architect), a recently completed sculpture programme for Standard Life in Piccadilly, London (Robert Adam, architect), a sculptural illustration of Virgil’s Eclogue VII for Pimlico (John Simpson, architect), a decorative sculpture-scheme for a new building in New Bond Street, London (George Saumarez Smith, for Robert Adam, architects) and a frieze dedicated to the memory of Philemon and Baucis for Glasgow (Robert Potter and Partners, architects).
Stoddart has in hand a project to raise a monument to William Gallacher MP in Paisley, for which the Rt. Hon Tony Benn is Honorary Patron. Contributions to the Appeal are very welcome.
The James Clerk Maxwell monument for Edinburgh was unveiled at 1.00pm on the 25th November 2008, at the eastern end of George Street.
Current projects include fourteen Stations of the Cross for the on-going scheme of works at the private chapel (Craig Hamilton, architect), a large decorative bas-relief for a new building in New Bond Street, London (George Saumarez-Smith, Robert Adam Architects), several large-scaled monumental projects for Scottish locations awaiting public presentation and numerous private commissions.
Set in Stone (The Guardian) Visual Arts Review: Alexander Stoddart (The Scotsman) Alexander Stoddart: talking statues (The Telegraph) How the West was won (The Spectator) Artist appointed Queen's sculptor (BBC News)
Sandy Stoddart on Creativity
Link to a 15 minute film made in 2004 by Strathclyde University prior to the commencement of the recent monuments for Edinburgh . This film goes some way to explain why Sandy puts no faith in the idea of ‘creativity’.
(Windows Media format)