will harling takes inspiration from Ancient Egyptian sculpture as well as work by malliol and henry moore.

Having graduated from Middlesborough College of Art in 1969, he went onto be involved in a variety of commercial, industrial and art projects, including sculptural signage, theatre and rock stage sets, airport furnishings and car design and manufacture

To create his scultpures, Will makes models in clay for small and medium pieces, and in plaster for larger pieces.  From these original models, Will makes moulds in fibreglass or silicon rubber; from these he casts in resin which is reinforced with a variety of materials such as fibreglass and steel, and is bulked out with a range of filler materials which add strength to the cast.
'My work involving the human figure refers not to individuals or personalities, but to more universal characteristics, common to all, as separate and communal members of the species. Hence their minimal or complete lack of faces and their featureless apparel, which seems to me like an inner skin. The presence in some of the pieces of hands and feet suggests, to me, the possibility of intent and action emanating from this inner level of existence. I do not intend any religious aspect in these pieces, notwithstanding the monk-like appearance of some of the figures.

My interest in sculpture is defined by my passion for form. Somehow, form carries meaning in and of itself, quite apart from any literal ‘meaning' in the imagery. To my mind, form provides a physical bridge between beauty and logic, as demonstrated in the forms of nature, where every element has purpose and nothing is superfluous, and where movement is both expansive and cohesive as well as fundamentally economical.'
                                                                                - Will Harling