Friday, 30 May 2014

Edmund de Waal

In my last blog I featured Roche Court and it was there that I finally was able to see work by Edmund de Waal having had my interest ignited in the artist through the BBC documentary series 'What do artists do all day'.

Initially I was not sure but as the program unfolded I was captured by his work and now having seen it 'in the clay' so to speak it really is fascinating although there is a double edged reaction when you stand in front of the work.

They are exquisite however the obvious attention to the arrangement of the pieces exude a level of OCD though I mean that in a positive sense and the most frustrating thing is the pieces appear so tactile that one is almost driven to want to break all the rules and pick up and hold individual pieces - or maybe thats just me!!

I have included a link to the first part of the BBC program and de Waal's website and I think it is worth spending a little time with this artist and when and where possible go see his work 'in the clay' - time well spent I believe!

Edmund de Waal was born in 1964. He studied English at Cambridge University and ceramics in both England and Japan. He is best known for his large scale installations, which have been exhibited in many museums around the world. Much of Edmund's recent work has been concerned with ideas of collecting and collections; how objects are kept together, lost, stolen or dispersed. His work comes out of a dialogue between minimalism, architecture and music, and is informed by his passion for literature.

BBC 'What Do Artists Do All Day' click here

New work 'Tate St Ives Relief '

This is based on one of my favorite Ben Nicholson reliefs and is wood and grey board undercoated with a sand & paint mix to create texture - It is set in a real wood box frame behind glass - the frame is finished in slate grey paint

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Circles III

Circles III

With little time at the moment to spend on my artwork I have revisted a series I created some three years ago to create this piece. It allowed me to revisit a technique which I have not used for a while.

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Friday, 16 May 2014

A hidden gem - Roche Court - Wiltshire

New Art Centre

I was told about this some two years ago and last Saturday we finally got a chance to seek it out and I can say it was one of the most suprising discoveries we have made for some time

The New Art Centre was founded in 1958. The original gallery was located in Sloane Street, London. In 1994 it was relocated to Roche Court in Wiltshire, a nineteenth-century house in parkland.

The existing house and Orangery were built in 1804. Together with the grounds, Roche Court is now used as a sculpture park and educational centre where work is shown inside and out providing a survey of sculpture for the enjoyment of the public.

The New Art Centre represents various artists' estates including Barbara Hepworth, Kenneth Armitage and Ian Stephenson. The gallery is the venue for a changing programme of exhibitions.

All works are for sale and the New Art Centre exhibits annually at the Basel Art Fair.

Furthermore entry to view work in either the parkland or galleries is free and there are no refreshment facilities thereby ensuring your visit will be tranquil and unencumbered by crowds so please click here to find out more about this excellent experience



I am happy to present a new piece of work for more details either click on the link below each image or contact me at

Friday, 2 May 2014

Portland Quarry Stone - Relief

After a recent trip to Portland Quarry I created this relief with the use of heavily textured wood and greyboard with hand cut relief detail.

The colours used reflect the wonderful colours of the natural Portland stone and weathered detail found across the quarry

The piece is set in a real wood box frame behind glass - the frame is grey wash on natural wood which has then be sanded.
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