Tom Merrifield is originally from Sydney, Australia , he trained as a classical dancer and at the age of sixteen and joined the Borovansky Ballet as a leading soloist. Tom Merrifield later moved to Britain where, throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s he was principal dancer in a number of West End musicals including 'West Side Story' and 'Showboat'. During his distinguished and rewarding career as a dancer, Merrifield began drawing and sculpting before taking it up full time and basing himself in Hampstead ,London. He has since sculpted many of the world’s most famous dancers, including Thomas Edur, Dame Alicia Markova, Dame Beryl Grey, Natalia Makarova, Dame Antoinette Sibley, Marguerite Porter and well every one who is anyone in the dance world.
Tom Merrifield is internationally celebrated for the power and beauty of his life sized sculptures, many of which grace prominent public areas around the world. Possibly the most poignant is the bust of Diana, Princess of Wales, commissioned after her death by the British Red Cross. This exquisite work is displayed at the Red Cross headquarters in London.
Tom is recognised as one of the finest sculptors of his generation and collected by many West End actors and entertainers.