Born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire Graham Ibbeson has been a professional sculptor since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1978. He has developed an international reputation exhibiting in galleries throughout Europe, the USA, and Asia as well as his work being held in many private and public collections.
Ibbeson’s first public sculpture was unveiled in 1986 in Northampton and through his commissions and public work (over 30 public sculptures), Ibbeson has helped regenerate whole areas of cities and towns across the UK. Graham’s Laurel & Hardy (unveiled in Ulverston, Cumbria in April 2009) has increased visitor numbers by 50%, and his Eric Morecambe (unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen in 1999) has help reshape the resort of Morecambe, bringing in tens of millions of pounds through extra visitor numbers (around a million pound in extra revenue from car parking fees was recorded within the first year). Other commissions include William Webb Ellis for Rugby, The Leeds Millennium Sculpture, Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird (Barnsley), The Jarrow March, Cary Grant (Bristol), Scales of Justice (Middlesbrough), and Fred Trueman (Skipton).
Laurel & Hardy. Life-size bronze figures. Ulverston, Cumbria. 2009.
Harold (Dickie) Bird. Over life-size bronze figure. Barnsley, South Yorkshire. 2009.
Fred Trueman. Over life-size bronze figure. Skipton, Yorkshire. 2010.
Hucknall Miners Memorial. Twice life-size miner on 12ft miners lamp. Bronze. Hucknall, Nottingham. 2005.