Art at Mountain View

James Sutton - The Lost Sheep



Nestled in the undergrowth on one of Mountain View’s nature trails, the Lost Sheep depicted as a Manx Loughton Ram was commissioned to represent the parable told by Jesus in Luke 15:3-7 demonstrating that the Kingdom of God is accessible to all, even those who have strayed from God’s path :

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”


Below is a reel of images showing the design and building process of the sculpture.

James works in stone, metal and bronze from his studio on Hall farm in Gainsborough. He produces work to commission and exhibits throughout the uk creating small personal works and Public Art.

James grew up in Manchester in a Christian home and from a young age had a passion for art and creativity. After graduating from studying Art at the University of Lincoln and getting married in 2005, James and his wife Helen setteled in Lincoln and started a family. Thanks to their support James has worked full time as a sculptor ever since. In 2010 he set up his current studio The Sculpture Barn on Hall Farm in Harpswell, Gainsbrough. Over the past 16+ years his work has taken many directions but always inspired by his love of nature and the emotions it evokes. His work can be both figurative and abstract. Currently James works mostly to commission, creating personal works for a wide range of clients from private homes and gardens to large pieces of public art for businesses and councils. He also exhibits at galleries and sculpture shows and sells his work through his website shop.


You can find out more about James and his work by visiting his website or following him on social media.