Guy Portelli of BBC Dragons Den fame

GUY PORTELLI VPRBA, ARBS - Born . South Africa 13th June 1957

Studied Interior Design and 3D Design at Medway College of Art 1974-78

I worked as a sculptor in the special effects dept for the BBC TV before setting up own studio in 1981, producing sculptures for the advertising market.

My first opportunity in the world of fine art sculpture was being commissioned to sculpt 13, 9ft classical sculptures for The London Pavilion, in Piccadilly Circus, London.

Having gained a reputation for Classical sculpture, I wanted to promote the more creative aspects of my work, and set about exhibiting my abstract sculptures in galleries, sculpture parks, Manchester Art House, Sausmarez Manor in Guernsey, and a major London show with Andrew Logan. Many large commissions followed:

Life-size Masai Warrior for the Commonwealth Institute - 1983Greek Goddesses for London Pavilion – Piccadilly Circus, London - 1987Fountain at Opera Terrace, Covent Garden, London - 1987Sculptures for Townswoman’s Guild Chelsea Flower Show, London - 19905 metre sculpture in stone of Sir Rowland Hill, Shrewsbury - 1991Eagle Gates, Guernsey - 1997Sculptures for the Trafford Centre, Manchester - 1998Sainsbury’s Lavender Plant, 6 mts, Bronze & Mosaic, London - 1999Palio Horses for Sienna Building, Hatton Garden, London - 1999Design for Pantene Award - 2000Group Captain Townsend Sculpture for West Malling Airfield - 2002Acrobats for Tadworth Court Hospital - 2002Ringo Starr’s Peace & Love Sculpture - 2002Reaching Out Sculpture for West Middlesex Hospital, London - 2003Dreamcatcher for Hillview School, Tonbridge - 2005Orchid Sculpture & Paintings, Patisserie Valerie, Spitalfields, London - 2005Additional Peace & Love Sculpture, Ringo Starr April 2009Heart Throb, The Golden Age of the Pop Icon, Mall Galleries, London , June/July 2009Heart Throb, The Golden Age of the Pop Icon , St Paul’s Gallery, Birmingham 2009Spirit of 71, Swansea Museum October - December 2011

Elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1998 and voted on to the council in 2000. Activly involved with the promotion of sculpture organising many group exhibitions.

Qualifications and Awards:

Diploma in Interior DesignDiploma 3-D Sculpture & DesignElected as member Royal Society of British Sculptors - 1998Elected as Council member for The Royal Society of British Sculptors – 2000Elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Artists – 2002Elisabeth Frink School Award – 2002Scott Goodman Harris Award – 2003Elected as a Council member for The Royal Society of British Artists – 2003UBS Sculpture Award - 2005

In 2005 I authored ‘Modern British Sculpture’ a comprehensive study of modern sculpture developments in Great Britain.

In 2008 I featured on BBC TVs Dragon's Den, and secured backing to develop the 'Pop Icon' collection, since then there have been several updates showing the progress of the works. More details of the collection can be seen on the 'Pop Icon' dedicated website.