Tessa Pullan

Tessa Pullan was apprenticed to John Skeaping RA for three years and continued her studies with the City and Guilds of London Art School Diploma Course and a further three years as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Arts. She is now one of Britain's leading animal sculptors, working in a variety of media, but mainly bronze and wood.

Tessa Pullan's interpretations of animal life have a directness and honesty which mirror the alert, vital and spontaneous quality of the animals themselves. Whether untamed or domestic, whether depicted in repose or moving with grace, there is something about these enormously attractive forms which rivets the eye and warms the heart. Paul Mellon

Tessa has exhibited at numerous galleries since 1976, including the Guildhall and the Royal Academy

Employment & Education

1971-1974Three year apprenticeship with Professor John Skeaping R.A
1974-1977Three year Diploma course: City & Guilds of London Art school.
1977-1980Three years at the Royal Academy of Arts- Postgraduate studies.
1980-1982Working in own studio in Sandwich, Kent.
1982-1985Working in own studio in Aberystwyth, Wales.
1985-1990Working in own studio in Berkhamsted, Herts.
1990-PresentWorking in own studio in Barrowden, Rutland.


1976Guildhall, London.
1978Royal Academy, Diploma Galleries.
1979Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition.
Royal Academy, Diploma Galleries.
1980Royal Academy, Diploma Galleries.
1982Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition.
Cork Street Fine Arts.
1983Cork Street Fine Arts.
1983-1991Messrs. Ackermann, Bond Street, London and Madison Avenue, New York.
1984Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition.
Bath Contempory Arts Festival.
Quinton Green Fine Arts, Cork Street, London.
1985'Women Working in Wales' travelling exhibition.
'Where wild Beast Roam', Gallery 24.
One-Woman show at Quinton Green Fine Arts. Cork Street, London.
1986'Wild Lives' group exhibition at Parnham House, Dorset.
Worcester Arts Festival.
Society of Equestrian Artists, Mall Galleries.
1987Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition.
Society of Equestrian Artists, Mall Galleries.
1988Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition.
'A View From The Saddle', Ackermann's, Bond street.
The Cleveland Bridge Gallery, Bath.
1989Society of Equestrian Artists, The Westminster Gallery.
1990The Cleveland Bridge Gallery, Bath.
1991Studio Exhibition with Victoria Goodman.
Society of Equestrian Artists, Christies.
One-woman show, John Hunt Gallery, Sussex.
1992Tryon and Moorland Gallery, Cork Street, London.
1992-2001 The Old House Gallery, Oakham, Rutland.
John Hunt Gallery, Sussex.
Society of Equestrian Artists, Christies.
1993Art 93- The London Contempory Art Fair.
The Bruton Street Gallery, London.
The Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London.
Society of Equestrian Artists, Christies, London.
Joint Exhibition with John Skeaping R.A. Coughton Gallery, Market Harborough.
In the Mind's Eye' , Mall Galleries, London.
1993-2001 Gallerie Les Hirondelles, Geneva.
Dyslexia Institute Awareness Week, Welcome Foundation, London.
Travelling exhibition, Germany.
1994Society of Equestrian Artists, Carisbrook Gallery. London.
The Bruton Street Gallery, London.
1995The Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition.
Roadworks III, Bilston, Wolverhampton.
John Hunt, Redchurch Galleries. Shoreditch,London.
1996Art 96, The London Contempory Art Fair, The Business Design Centre,London.
'Ladies First', Redchurch Galleries, London.
Chelsea Art Fair
One-woman show, Redchurch Galleries, London.
The Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition.
Coggeshall Arts & Craft Festival.
Welland Valley, Stamford Art Center.
1997Art 97, The London Contempory Art Fair.
Chelsea Art Fair.
Chelsea Harbour Exhibition.
Society of Equestrian Artists, Christies.
1998Arts Dyslexia Trust, Christies, London.
Welland Valley, Stamford Art Center.
The thrill of the chase, The Air Gallery, London.
Peterborough Arthouse.
One-woman show, Yarrow Galery, Oundle.
1999Society Equestrian Artists, Christies.
1999-2002 Frank T Sabin, Albemarle Street. London.
Society of Equestrian Artists, Newmarket.
2000Society of Equetrian Artists, Christies
Nyad 2000 New York
2001Newby Hall Sculpture Park 2001-2002
2002Sculpture under English Skies Frank T Sabin
Sculpture in the Garden University of Leicester Harold Martin Botanic Garden
"Animals of the African Savanna" one woman show Frank T Sabin
2004Autunm Exhibition The Gallery at Bulwick
2005Galerie Etienne de Causans Paris
2006Spring Exhibition Geedon Gallery
2006Open Studio
2008Open Studio
2009Open Studio
2009-2011The Affordable Art Fair London
2011British Art Portfolio Noseley Hall
2013The Hackwood Festival
2014Knebworth - Open Air Sculpture by British Art Portfolio
2022Open Studio


1976Bronze Pointer - John Allen Esq.
1977Bronze Statue of a horse - Lloyds Bank, Cambridge.
1979Portrait of 'Stilvi' and foal - G.L. Cambanis Esq.
1980Portrait of 'Troy', 200th Derby winner - Willie Carson.
1981Portrait of Denis Hill-Wood Esq, Chairman of Arsenal Football Club.
1983Portrait of 'Glint of Gold' - Paul Mellon Esq.
Silver Portrait of 'Christmas Goose' - Paul Mellon Esq.
1984Bronze Portrait of Paul Mellon Esq.
19862/3 life-size portrait of 'Christmas Goose' - Paul Mellon Esq.
1987Portrait of Bishop Henry Wilson - Colin St John Wilson.
1988Portrait of 'Forest Flower' - Paul Mellon Esq.
1989Portrait of 'Soviet Star' - Sheik Mohammed.
Bronze heraldic Falcon and Lion for Hambros Bank.
Portrait of Mark Davies on 'Normous' - Mr & Mrs J. Davies.
1992Portrait of John Baskett - Paul Mellon Esq.
Lion and Frog fountain - Stefa Hart.
19943/4 life-size portrait of 'Sea Hero' , 1993 Kentucky Derby winner - Paul Mellon.
1995Portrait of John Macdonald-Buchanan.
Maquette for Mounted Figure, Black Country Route, Bilston.
19963/4 life-size Memorial to the horses killed in the American Civil War-Paul Mellon.
Half life-size Mounted figure for Bilston.
Life-size wooden tiger- Tig-RE, L.U.C. London.
1997One and a half life-size Mounted Figure for Bilsdon.
Life size Civil War Horse - Paul Mellon.
1998Portrait of Bracken - Wendy Pullan.
1999Life-size stag - Bob Wheatley.
2000Life-size wooden "Odysseus" - Odyssey (America) RE.
2001Life-size Hind - Mrs D.C.D. Johnson.
Portrait of Abbey - Mr & Mrs G Knight
2003Greatdane - Sandra Rees
2004Hanna - Jill Nelson
Nanette Godfrey Memorial - Tudor Hall School
Dancer - Bill Pickering
2006Remy - Christopher and Mary Elson
Rosie & Basil - Elaine Farrall
2007Muffie Fiona Ruddle
2008Tiger - Deborah Gregson
Debs - Tim Gregson
2009Libby - Richard Davies
Wilson & Dewis - Paula Brooks
2011Portrait of Simon Pattinson
2012Sherpa - Wendy Pullan
2013Cheetah Family II - Azhar Faroogi
2014Without Words - Annelies van Vianen
2016Portrait of Cocoa - Peter Pemberton
2017Portrait of Brigand - Kathryn McCullagh
2018Portrait of Tolly - Mime Matthews
2019Portrait of Trufa - Belle Reed
2023Sitting Cheetah - John & Jessica Mills


  • The National Portrait Gallery, London.
  • National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket.
  • Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London.
  • The Centre for Hellenic Studies, Washington, D.C.
  • Clare College (Forbes -Mellon Library), Cambridge.
  • Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut.
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia.
  • Virginian Historical Society.
  • Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • New Hall Cambridge
  • Melton Carnegie Museum, Melton Mowbray