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As a boy, I wasn't allowed comics, and had to wait until I was 50 when my son Louis shared his weekly Beano with me! Dennis the Menace and his dog Gnasher were firm favourites. When I found this piece of rusty, curved metal, with its jagged teeth, I thought of Gnasher giving one of his trademark smiles. The only head of correct size and posture was this. Likewise, the appropriate body to accept such a head was in my "bird bodies" tray. Thus Gnasher took on a new life. ................as a scary bird!
Sid Burnard portraitSid Burnard was born in Brighton in 1948. Introduced to the art of beachcombing by his Romany grandmother, Sid learnt to appreciate the beauty of nature from an early age. His time at Bristol Guild of Applied Arts gave him a profound understanding of visual arts and crafts and allowed him to put his personal vision into practice.

He is now based in Borth near Aberystwyth in Wales, where the flotsam and jetsam from the nearby sea is his only source of materials. Working with found objects, nothing is changed - simply introduced to one another. His driftwood pieces, usually birds, boats or mythical beasts, are full of his passion, integrity and wonderful humour.
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