Architectural sculptor and stone carver, a designer of original work for new and period buildings and restorer, who “often looked to the past, especially to medieval work from the Romanesque and Gothic periods.” He attended Manchester University, 1974–7, graduating with honours in art history, specialising in medieval architecture; did foundation studies at Sir John Cass School of Art, 1979; then gained his diploma from the City & Guilds of London Art School, 1979–82, taught by Arthur Ayres. Crawley became an associate of the RBS, a full member of the Art Workers’ Guild, a committee member of the Association of Master Carvers and was chairman of the National Guild of Stonemasonry and Carving, 1996–7. He was a freelance stone carver in London, 1981–9; was head carver, Rattee and Kett, Cambridge, 1989–99; from 1999 being art director of Fairhaven of Anglesey Abbey Ltd.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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