Behind the scenes at Heatherleys: Actor Adam Pearson meets Sculptor Keziah Burt
Last term we were visited by actor, presenter and campaigner Adam Person and portrait artist Keziah Burt. Both artists and campaigners are truly inspiring individuals and a delight to have in the studio.
Adam sat for Keziah for a total of 5 hours while they chatted about everything from their mutual obsession with Lego to his acting scenes with Scarlett Johansson an Sebastian Stan of Marvel Studios fame!
Adam Pearson is an award-winning actor, presenter and campaigner.
Before becoming a presenter he worked as a researcher for the BBC and Channel 4. He’s presented a number of documentaries and TV series including the first series of Beauty And The Beast: The Ugly Face Of Prejudice on Channel 4. He appeared in the BAFTA-nominated film film Under the Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlett Johansson. He also played himself in the independent feature, DRIB, which premiered at SXSW.
Adam has neurofibromatosis and has been involved in outreach programmes to combat the bullying associated with deformities. Creating spaces for differently able actors and performs to thrive. He is also famous for his dedication to his charity work as an ambassador for the Princes Trust, Changing Faces UK, Jeans for Genes and Childhood Tumour Trust.
Keziah is a portrait sculptor, a mother of two and military wife currently living in Bristol. She is a classically trained figurative artist, “interested in storytelling, whether that is a personal story through creating a portrait commission, or through my figurative pieces exploring intimacy of human connection.”
Her work is in public, national and private collections across the world. Most notably Keziah was commissioned to create a Bronze portrait bust of Queen Elizabeth for the Platinum Jubilee. The sculpture is housed at the National Army Museum in London. A video of it can be seen here.
She has also sculpted a portrait of King Charles III – which began as live sculpture of the then Prince of Wales, but sadly ended as the first sculpture of the new King Charles III. A full video of the sculpture can be seen here.
Keziah has exhibited at Mall Galleries in London with the Royal Society of British Artists and the Society of Portrait Sculptors.