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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Martyn Bednarczuk (b. 1955)

Sculptor. He began his career in the workshop of his father, in rural Lancashire, in about 1970, carving furniture for customers including the royal family and Harrods. Using both contemporary and period designs, his work encompasses architectural and ornamental carving, as well as free-standing figurative work – of both animal subjects and the human figure – often working closely with architects and designers on schemes for hotels, gardens, parks and leisure organisations. His materials include stone, marble, wood and bronze. A member of the Master Carvers Association, his studio is within the grounds of Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. Examples of his public sculptures include Witchfinder General (wood), ‘Pendle Witches Sculpture Trail’, Aitken Wood, Barley, Pendle, Lancashire, 2012; and Leaping Salmon (sandstone), Castle Gate, Clitheroe, Lancashire, 2008.

Bibliography: Martyn Bednarczuk website; D.A. Cross, Public Sculpture of Lancashire and Cumbria, Liverpool, 2017, pp. 38, 50, 93.

David A. Cross, 2017; updated, Terry Cavanagh, March 2024