Laura Carey is a classically trained, figurative sculptor who graduated from City and Guild School of Art in 1979. Whilst there she won the F.M. Allen Drawing Award at her degree show as well as the Mervyn Peake Commission. Following her training she was successful in winning 1st prize for best graduate awarded by Madame Tussaud’s Studios who offered her a freelance position as portrait sculptor, she went on to complete thirty prestigious portraits, such as Michael Caine, George Orwell and Willy Wonka (approved by Roald Dahl, later to be acquired by Michael Jackson).
As well as maintaining her position at Tussaud’s, Laura partnered with Paul Carey to pursue free-lance projects. This included commissions from the Natural History Museum, Imperial War Museum (the ‘Bomb to the Beatles’ exhibition) and The Fashion Café (London, Mexico & Dubai) sculpting 2.135 metre caryatids as part of the bar decoration and structure. Other projects include privately commissioned portraits, commercials, television series and films.
Following her time at Tussaud’s, Laura maintained her artistic education with a P.G.C.E. in Art & Design, a Post-Graduate Higher Diploma in Fine Art, a PG Diploma in Fine and Decorative Art from Christies Education, and an M.A. in Museum and Gallery Management from City University, among other post graduate qualifications.
Employed by Madame Tussaud’s Studios for twenty-five years, Paul Carey has developed a vast spectre of experience in figurative sculpture, casting materials, animatronics, life-casting, hair-insertion and eye and teeth making. Initially employed as a sculptor for the Studios, Madame Tussaud’s funded Paul’s further education at City and Guilds School of Art; he later branched into the field of elastomeric materials and lead Tussaud’s department of animatronics. Further to his work in this field, Paul spent two years researching facial expression for animatronic portraiture in collaboration with the Materials and Technology department at Brunel University.
With such a diversity of skills Paul naturally branched into the field of film and television, creating figurative effects for films such as The Mission, 1984, Young Frankenstein and Full Metal Jacket, along with many others. For television he has created numerous figurative effects and an array of forensic effects for crime series. Other clients include work for contemporary artists, such as the Chapman Brothers, producing pieces for their Venice Biennale show in addition to numerous private commissions.
Since leaving Madame Tussaud’s Paul has ventured into many different areas expanding his skill set for example: animatronic projects, material research for the development and prototyping for interactive medical models, prosthetic projects, figurative projects and university & art school lecturing.