Biography

 

Geoffrey Teychenné has been working as aEPSON MFP image sculptor for over 60 years. Having originally read natural sciences at King’s College London, he discovered an even deeper love of sculpture and graduated from the City and Guilds of London School of Art with the Lutyens Medal for Sculpture, Modelling and Letter-cutting in 1953.

GCT at workAfter graduating he worked with Benno Elkan (who had been one of Rodin’s students) and from this association came Geoffrey’s own early focus on the essential qualities of the human form. For two years Geoffrey worked closely with Beno Elkan as his assistant on the great menorah that was given by Britain to the new state of Israel in 1956. This 15’ bronze sculpture now stands in the gardens outside the Knesset in Jerusalem. Geoffrey’s own first public commissions came in 1957 with a mother and child group for Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, and the Risen Christ figure for Bedford College Chapel.

Over the next 25 years he worked on major sculpture commissions and exhibition pieces in wood, stone, welded metal, traditionally-cast metal and the newer materials of fibreglass and cold casting. Always intrigued by the physical possibilities of any medium, he pushed their boundaries both in abstract and organic forms.

Geoffrey met his wife Rosemary in the South of France in 1947. GCTROSIn 1954 they set up home in St Albans, Hertfordshire and fitted a successful retail business around Geoffrey’s commission work. In 1969 they moved to a small manor house in Dorset with their two children and a busy period of Religious commissions and exhibitions followed.

SRptolemyGeoffrey’s dual interests of sculpture and science came together in the 1980’s when he conceived the idea of, created, and taught the Postgraduate Diploma course in Architectural Stonework Conservation at Weymouth College. In 1989 he was invited to present a paper to the UNESCO conference in Paris on Understanding and protecting the Architectural Heritage.GCTROS2