Viv Astling is a sculptor in stone. Carving by hand mainly English stone more than 220 million years old, his current themes are waves, abstracts derived from natural forms and narrative sculpture.
Recent narrative works include a double-sided relief based on Mahler's 1st Symphony, an Alabaster for Beethoven's Erorica Symphony and a work with lettering inspired by Shakespeare's King Lear. He has completed three public art commissions including one at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. He was awarded the OBE in 2005 for services to the West Midlands and was designated a West Midlands Arts Champion in 2011 and a finalist for the West Midlands Individual Museum Champion in 2018. Viv is currently Hon Secretary of the RBSA.