British-born James Doran-Webb created these incredible life-size horses out of salvaged driftwood as a part of an ongoing series of animal sculptures. Fascinated by the representation of motion in sculpture, he strives to generate a strong sense of energy in every animal he makes.
Having lived for many years in the Philippines, Doran-Webb built up an extensive network of driftwood gatherers to help him with his art. When he works on a new sculpture, he sorts through a large stockpile of wood and picks the pieces that best express the natural form of the animal and its muscle structure.
Doran-Webb spent his childhood in the workshops of his parents’ antiques restoration company, so by the time he reached his late teens, he was not only an accomplished antique dealer, but also a very competent cabinet maker, with experience whittling, carving and refinishing. In 2005, he started to work with driftwood in his furniture designs and it was at that point that he began to experiment with animal sculptures.