Wayne Hart is an ardent lettercutter, lettering artist and typographer. As one of only a handful of young carvers working in this specialist area, he is focused on maintaining this traditional craft while seeking to drive it forward with innovative ideas and modern technologies. Carving in both stone and wood, he also works with other materials such as metals, plastics and glass, taking letterform across new boundaries and into previously unexplored territories. His work to date has included commemorative gifts, public art projects, memorials, signage and artwork for exhibition.
Seeking to achieve the highest levels of craftsmanship, he is dedicated to creating beautiful inscriptions and low-relief carving. His designs are skillfully drawn by hand, with lettering and imagery tailored to suit each client’s needs. These are then carved by hand with mallet and chisel, paying the closest attention to detail.
Wayne discovered his passion for letterforms whilst studying Graphic Design in his native county of Norfolk. He later studied the world-renowned Typography course at the University of Reading where he was inspired towards lettercutting. After further study at the Richard Kindersley Studio, he proceeded to a lettercarving apprenticeship with Pip Hall through the Memorial Arts Charity.
To assist in the completion of his formal training, he was fortunate to receive a number of awards and grants from various charities and individuals. These include the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, the Worshipful Company of Masons, the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, the Finn Family Fund, the Bishop of Norwich and a number of smaller charities.
Wayne has pursued additional study in calligraphy, lettercutting, type design and sculpture. He has a natural affinity with materials and is inspired by form, structure and texture.
He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Reading. Furthermore, a number of galleries, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, have shown interest in his work.
Photo Credit for 'On ignore la Somme des mots': Paul Blakemore