Alexander Stoddart is Sculptor in Ordinary to The Queen in Scotland, an honour he received in 2008.
Born in 1959 in Edinburgh, he attended the John Neilson School in Paisley, then entered the Glasgow School of Art in 1976, graduating in 1980 (BA Hons, 1st class). His postgraduate studies were carried out at the University of Glasgow 1980 to 1983. Shortly thereafter, Stoddart began work as a sculptor in Paisley, working for private clients.
His first architectural sculptures date from 1989, in strict neo-classical style, and his first public monuments were commissioned in 1992, developing a heroic-realist style for historical costume works. During this time, Stoddart
commenced a long-term lectureship, giving public talks in Scotland, England and America on various aspects of sculpture-making, from technique to design and theory.
Stoddarts work looks at Irish and Scots Ossianic subjects from a neo-Grecian formal standpoint, and he has completed essays in neo-Florentine, "New Sculpture" and even Baroque styles. Subject-matter extends into the Hindu corpus, with associated studies in philosophical Buddhism, ancient and modern forms of existentialism and Christianity.
Awarded a Doctorate of the University of Paisley in 1997
Monument to John Witherspoon unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal in Paisley. A duplicate cast erected before the University Chapel in Princeton, N.J. USA
2000: begins work on Buckingham Palace's new Queen's Gallery sculpture programme. (Completed 2002)
2002; begins statue of Immanuel Kant. (Completed 2003)
2002; begins monument to Robert Louis Stevenson for Edinburgh. (Completed 2003, unveiled 2004)
Awarded Classical America Award 2001 NY Member of the Committee of Honour of INTBAU (International Network of Traditional Building Architecture And Urbanism), and is also a member of INTBAU's College for Traditional Practitioners
Made Honorary Professor in the Department of Arts and Media, University of Paisley.
Honorary Doctorate awarded by Glasgow University, 2006
Appointed Sculptor in Ordinary to The Queen in Scotland , 30th December, 2008