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Eleanor Crook - Sculptor and Medical Artist

Eleanor Crook trained in sculpture at Central St Martins and the Royal Academy and makes figures and effigies in wax, carved wood and lifelike media. She has also made a special study of anatomy and has sculpted anatomical and pathological waxworks for the Gordon Museum of Pathology at Guy's Hospital, London's Science Museum, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. She exhibits internationally in both fine art and science museum contexts. She learned the technique of forensic facial reconstruction modelling from Richard Neave and has demonstrated and taught this to artists, forensic anthropology students, law enforcement officers and plastic surgeons as well as incorporating this practice in her own sculpted people.

Following a lifelong interest in Northern Renaissance woodcarving, and influenced by the experience of dissecting in order to learn anatomy, she studied limewood carving at the Geisler-Moroder wood carving school in the Austrian Tyrol. In the interest of making figures more lifelike than the living, using a generous grant from the Wellcome Trust she developed the incorporation of electronic animatronics systems into the sculptures so that her moribund and macabre creations now can twitch and mutter.

Eleanor is artist in residence at the Gordon Museum of Pathology at Guy's Hospital, a member of the Medical Artists' Association, runs a course in Anatomy drawing at the Royal College of Art and one at Camberwell School of Art, and lectures on the M. A. Art & Science course at Central St Martins School of Art and the Forensic and Medical Art Msc at Dundee University. She appears at regular public workshops for the Clod Ensemble and the Vrolik Museum in Amsterdam. She teaches anatomy, forensic and anatomical sculpture intensively at the summer school courses in Oxford at the Ruskin School of Art in collaboration with Sarah Simblet.


2017 Artist in Residence , International Congress of Wax Modelling, King's College London
2017 Lecture Tour with Morbid Anatomy Spring Season, Vrolik Museum Amsterdam
2016 Performing Medicine SSC for Barts & Queen Mary's Hospitals with Clod Ensemble
2016 Carved Cadavers project Commission and Conference residency, Winchester University
2016 Lecture Tour with Morbid Anatomy Spring Season, Vrolik Museum Amsterdam and Narrenturm medical museum Vienna
2015 Virginia Woolf Waxwork commission, Centre for Life Writing Research, King's College London
2015 Post Mortem Exhibition, a group exhibition at the University of Ghent, Belgium
2015 Wax pathology sculpture commission, The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum
2014-2015 Faces of Conflict Exhibition, Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter
2014 Fabrica Vitae exhibition ( co-curator and exhibiting) Zakynthos, Greece
2014 Solo exhibition, Florence Nightingale Museum, St Thomas's Hospital. London
2013-2014 The Body is the Instrument of the Soul, Old Operating Theatre Museum, London
2013-2014 Oorlog en Trauma (War and Trauma), Dr Guislain Museum, Ghent, Belgium
2013 Me, You or the Other Person, GV Art, London
2013 "Histories of Thought" exhibition at St Bavo’s Abbey, Ghent, curated by Chantal Pollier (April)
2013 Art & Science group exhibition at the British Library, London UK (February)
2013 From the Cold Lakes of Death (Until 3 Feb) Monumental vzw Gallery at Castle Le Paige, Herentals, Belgium, group exhibition curated by Tom Peeters
2012 Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men (Until 14 April 2013), Museum of London (video installation)
2012 Performing Anatomy season with the Clod Ensemble for Bart's Hospital, London UK
2012 Masterclass in wax modelling the torso, Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, UK
2012 Masterclass in wax modelling Facial Plastic Surgery, "Reconstruct, Regenerate" in association with Simon Hall for the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation, held Brighton, UK
2012 Museums in the Incident curated by Steven Rendall, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Performing Anatomy Season presentation for the Clod Ensemble with support from the Wellcome Trust - Whitechapel Gallery, London

2011 Letting Go Exhibition, Campo Santo, Ghent, Belgium (Curated by Chantal Pollier)
2011 Van De Koele Meren Des Doods Exhibition,  Sint-Bernardus Abbey, Bornem, Belgium (curated by Tom Peeters)
2011 Relics Of What Is To Come, Exhibition, the Old Operating Theatre Museum, London
2011 Participant, Dissection Drawing Marathon, BIOMAB vzw, University of Antwerp (UA), Belgium
2010 BIOMAB vzw (Biological and Medical Art in Belgium) exhibition 'Art Researches Science' Hermann Teirlinck Building, Antwerp
2010 Anatomical wood carving commission, Kings Guy's & St Thomas's Trust, for Guy's Hospital
2009 Medical Sculpture commission, AIDS statue, The Gordon Museum, London 
2009 Exquisite Bodies Medical Art & Waxworks exhibition, Wellcome Collection, London (video installation)
2009 Morbid Anatomy group show, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, USA
2009 Identity Exhibition, AISHO MIURA ARTS, Tokyo, Japan
2009 Wellcome Collection Art & Science project exhibition, Old Operating Theatre, London
2008 Wellcome Collection Art & Science project exhibition, Gordon Museum, Guy's Hospital, London
2008 This Fatal Subject project grant award from the Wellcome Trust
2008 World’s End, 193 Bourke St, Melbourne, Australia 
2007 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2007 Bubonic Plague Sculpture commission, Gordon Museum 
2007 Animatronic sculpture commission, Troubleyn Ltd, Antwerp, Belgium
2007 Confronting Mortality (Group exhibition) Plantin Moretus Museum, Antwerp, Belgium with European Medical Artists Association (AEIMMS)
2007 Residency, Kings College London, Guy’s Medical School 
2006 Exhibition, “Life is Getting Longer”, Melbourne, Australia
2005 “A Garden Centre Venus in wax and silk” for the 1st Zappanale Conference, St Pancras, London
2005 Future Face II,  National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2005 Area 10 Spring show, Area 10, Peckham, London
2004 Future Face exhibition for the Wellcome Trust,Science Museum, London
2004 Plastic Surgery Commission, Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London
2004 Archaeological Model, The Gordon Museum, Guy’s & St Thomas’s Hospital
2002 Self Portraits exhibition, Flowers East, London
2001     Solo Exhibition , Flowers East, London
2000  Cutting Table: Solo Exhibition at Old Operating Theatre, London
1999-00 Cheltenham Fellowship C&GCHE
1999     Group Exhibition, “Millennium”, Flowers East, London
1999            Commission , Serck Aviation, Birmingham
1998            British Figurative Art II , Flowers East, London
1997-98 Henry Moore Fellowship, Byam Shaw School of Art, London
1996 Group Show, Mercury Gallery, Cork St, London W1


1993-96 M.A. Sculpture, Royal Academy Schools, London
1990-93  B.A. Hons Sculpture, Central St. Martins
1985-89 B.A. Hons Literae Humaniores, Magdalen College, Oxford

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