Parisian born, Isabel Coulton grew up in the bohemian art world of 1960’s France. Her grandmother was a talented painter in oils, her grandfather painted and collected works of art and discovered the now famous Bernard Buffet, whom he exhibited in his Champs Elysee gallery.
Isabel’s home was a fusion of French avant-garde and the practical quiet beauty of early carved furniture, which was her English father’s passion and later to become his specialty. Her mother, Lydia Corbett (nee Sylvette David) was once Pablo Picasso’s muse and now paints in her own right, drawing inspiration from the great master.
Isabel’s love of sculptural creativity must surely also have come from these early years and the influence of Picasso is often appreciated within her work. Growing up with the knowledge of her mother’s role as Picasso’s muse had a profound effect on Isabel’s later sensibilities as an artist.
Her “Taureau” sculpture was inspired by the pure muscle and strength of the Spanish fighting bulls, exciting in her a sense of fear, wonder, admiration and sorrow. The piece is hand crafted by highly skilled, local British artisans and craftsmen in bronze and is a limited edition of only 100 editions, of which 75 will be created in bronze and 25 in silver. Taureau is a fabulous piece of contemporary sculpture that will always evoke emotion, admiration and discussion.