Sid Burnard’s unique sculptures have grown from his love of the sea. Based in Borth, near Aberystwyth in Wales, he lives on the seafront where the outstanding natural beauty of the area with its dramatic beaches, dunes, bogs and mountains forms his panorama. The sea thus provides his home, his passion, his inspiration and his source of materials. Whilst some people make treasures out of shells or stones polished by the waves, Burnard sees beauty in the objects which others discard and he can often be found visiting his beloved beach to collect the flotsam and jetsam which washes ashore. Whether it is a piece of colourful rope left over from some long lost crab pot, or a plank of wood, once painted vivid colours, now faded from the waves' relentless attack - Burnard can find a use for it. His studio is a treasure-trove for many such riches - just waiting for the inspiration to strike and for his quick eye and witty humour to breathe new life into them. Burnard’s philosophy is simple. The found objects can not be cut or changed in any way, but juxtaposed with other salvaged items he somehow create pieces which have a simple honesty to them whilst remaining surprising elegant.
Burnard has exhibited his work successfully around the Country, at galleries such as the Orange Street Gallery in Leicestershire and Cornwall Contemporary in Penzance.