Having attended Ravensbourne and Chelsea art colleges in the 1980s, Gavin turned to sculpting full time in 2005, inspired by stone-carving workshops at Tout Quarry, Portland. In 2012 he opened WING gallery in Wadhurst to promote the talents of local artists.
Gavin has been carving full time for the last decade, creating many commissioned pieces such as headstones, memorial plaques and unique garden sculptures. He also exhibits widely, where his sculptures are guided more by the essence of the material he uses, principally Portland Limestone. Carving directly into the stone, Gavin creates simple and complex abstract forms designed around the intrinsic nature of the material. The marks where life on the planet has left fossils embedded in the stone often become essential parts of the finished piece. He looks to create a harmony between stone and sculptor where texture and form lead to the finished piece. His latest sculptures (the ‘Solar’ series) are designed to work in harmony with the sun, using it to cast shadows across the stone and surrounding area.