As always at Henley Festival there is some beautiful art on display including paintings, sculptures and ceramics. At the entrance of the Festival enclosure this year is a particularly stunning sculpture of a four metre gymnast with a hoop made by Eleanor Cardozo.
The second of ten children, Eleanor was born in London in 1965 and spent her early childhood in Africa and Malaysia. She was classically trained in sculpture at The City and Guilds School of Art, London and in portraiture at the Cecil Graves school in Florence.
She celebrates the beauty of figurative sculpture and considers the human form the greatest artistic challenge. ‘ Beyond the beauty of the external form, there is something that cannot be named, something ineffable, some deep inner holy essence.’
Eleanor devotes much of her time to portrait commissions and her work can be found in private collections throughout the world. She believes that a true artist sees with the ‘eyes of the heart’ which recognise the spirit within.
She says, “I am very honoured to have been chosen to exhibit at the Henley Festival and particularly to have my gymnast sculpture ‘Poise’ at the entrance. It’s such a stunning setting on the river and I hope my work will contribute to the beauty of this glamorous festival”.