In 1974 Patrick Daw left Bristol Polytechnic after completing a Foundation Course and a 3 year Sculpture Diploma. He followed this with a 3 year Sculpture MA at the RCA London. As a teacher of sculpture and three dimensional design from 1985 to 2000 he taught at the Surrey Institute and the University of the West of England, plus Wimbledon, Epsom, Portsmouth and Weston-super-mare schools of art.
Since establishing his first studio in 1979 his sculpture has often been closely linked to architecture and industry. This has given rise to many applications of his abilities in commerce and model making. These include architectural lettering, corporate features and award-winning commissions for the advertising industry.
Measurement and draughtsmanship are key elements of Daw's studio practice. His sculptures are often re-interpretations of familiar objects, incorporating changes of scale or medium. Being a natural problem-solver he is capable of working with almost any material although wood has always been a favourite.
Patrick Daw was elected into the Academy in 2003 and served on the RWA Council from 2005 to 2008.
Of his work, Pat says: "Part sculpture, part engineering, my work incorporates attention to detail and craftsmanship. Humour and anomaly are recurring themes...
I enjoy the process of interpreting a commission and endeavouring to meet the demands of a brief."