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Phil Walden: ANZAC Sculpting Guru

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Historicus Forma Artist Q&A

The Historicus Forma (HFModeling.com) Artist Q&A is a monthly feature. Itís an interview with artists of the historical figure modelling world. These artists may include sculptors and painters; commercial and private modellers; well-known and lesser-known artists. Whoever they may be, the artists featured in Historicus Formaís Artist Q&A are highly respected members of our global community; people who have greatly influenced our world in their own way. As we honour these artists with this humble Q&A and photo feature, they honour us by sharing a piece of their world.

In this edition Phil Walden, ANZAC sculpting guru, is subjected to our grueling interview.


About meÖ

Hello Folks Iím Phil Walden, I am nearly 60yrs old but thatís ok. Iím a very proud New Zealander- came out to Australia in 1988 with my truly cool wife Noeline and our 3 children who are now in their 30ís and married, we have 2 grandchildren to date. Noeline and I live in (sunny) Brisbane Queensland.

All my working days Iíve been in the signwritting game specialising in pictorial art, design and very small lettering, all done by brush but now Iím retired but thatís coo;. I do a little volunteer work teaching water colour & craft at an old folkís home a couple of days a week.

Music and the fine arts are a way of life in our house for both Noeline (a fine craftswoman in her own right) and I and have a huge influence on my figures: I also into water colour painting and especially fine detail graphic drawing Ė always people, mostly Historical.

My other love (passion more like it) is rugby union. I am always watching it on TV. In New Zealand used to play then couch to a good level in Representative Rugby (as well as couch in Victoria Australia). The All Blacks are my team and Auckland my Province.

About the Author

About Rudi Richardson (Tarok)

I'm a former Managing Editor of the Historicus Forma historical figure modelling website. While my modelling and history interests are diverse, my main figure modelling focus lies in Sci-Fi, Pop-Culture, Fantasy, Roman and WW2 German subjects. I'm a firm believer that armour and vehicles accessorise...


Great interview Phil, I have been inspired by your work mate, everything is so realistic, it looks like they could jump off the screen and come to life. Do I spy a Sir Charles Upham bust there?
NOV 08, 2007 - 12:03 PM
Andy,..morning my son,.. Yes you do spy Charlie,..as yet to be finished as usual....also mate thanks for those kind thoughts.. Phil...
NOV 08, 2007 - 12:32 PM
I think for me the thing that really hits home for me is that Phil has achieved the hardest part of producing a sculpted figure, putting real life into his work.Reproducing a figure to an exact copy of an illustration is within the reach of most people but to create the illusion that there is humanity in the work is something special that i hope comes with time as it obviously has with Phil. Hope you understand what i am trying to say mate. All the best Steve
NOV 09, 2007 - 08:25 AM
Hi Phil, I'll look out for your son, although if he looks anything like his display picture I'll find him in no time (even if this is the biggest state in Aus!). Best of Luck, Chas
NOV 09, 2007 - 11:32 AM
Hi Phil, it is really a great pleasure for me to be able to read something more about you and your thoughts in this artists Q&A. I really love your works !!! In my opinion you are one of the real masters and you are a great Gentleman !!! I take my head off to you and your works !!! You have always been a great inspiration for me and I hope I will be able to see a lot of your works in the future !!! The only thing I don`t like is that you live on the other side of the world......it would be so great to meet you in the real life and to be able to discuss with you - with some actual sculptures in the hand.... Keep up your great work my dear friend !!!!! Sincerly yours, Markus
NOV 09, 2007 - 01:10 PM
Folks,... sitting here,... I'm stuffed for words,I don't know where to go,..had know idea,.. we are all thousands of miles away from each other,.. one day we will all have a beer together talk lairs and treason and the size of the fish we caught...A toast to you all..... phil...
NOV 09, 2007 - 06:23 PM
Hello Phil,Great to see so many of your figures in one place brother.I very much enjoyed reading your article.Some great old familiar figures there that I have had the privilege of seeing in the flesh in the past, and so many new ones.Great to see a photo of the 28th Maori battalion fellow.Very inspiring work as always Phil.As you know brother you have been a very big inspiration on my own work over the years ,and were the person who got me into sculpting my own figures.All the best Phil. Kind regards John P.S I agree with you Markus.Quote "In my opinion you are one of the real masters and you are a great Gentleman !!!"
NOV 10, 2007 - 01:45 PM
Evening John my son,.. firstly hows all the family mate,... secondly I know that you were no way responsible for the All Blacks, taking an early shower.... Mate thanks for kind thoughts,the whole thing has blown me away, Ian and Rudi set it all up,..mate I can still remember the first time we got together,it was at Lindsay's Thompson place after the show and you had sculpted a couple of British soldiers from Waterloo and I can remember the words I said, although better not repeated,...and mate what you are creating now, you've got to be proud,... Half the figures posted I did not look at, so many,..but folks the 28th Maori Batt.figure was sculpted by John he gave it to me for my 50th birthday and I'm so very proud of it...so I hope that puts the credit where its due... thanks brother for all the years of being a good cobber,.stay safe phil..
NOV 11, 2007 - 07:26 PM
Hi Phil...what a lovely read, very much enjoyed getting to know a little about you. A pleasure to see some of your beautiful pieces. When a sculptor gets so much enjoyment from his work it can't help but show through in the quality and appeal. Emotional content speaks volumes mate... May we see very many more of your very human studies in the future. All the best...Roy.
NOV 11, 2007 - 09:48 PM
Hi Phil,thanks brother for the kind words.Great to talk to you on the phone the other night.Thank you Phil for being such a great mate .And a great inspiration to me and the hobby. Kind regards John
NOV 13, 2007 - 05:47 AM