Faces of Sculpture

Tags: Group Exhibition, Indoor Sculpture, Exhibition

11th May

I'm delighted to be showing a work again at the Royal Society of Sculptors. This time as part of a photographic exhibition by Anne Purkiss titled Faces of Sculpture. Anne has been documenting sculptors and their work places for the past three decades and has an extraordinary collection of British sculptors in her archives ranging from Caro and Frink to Hirst and Whiteread. Out side the entrance to the Royal Society of Sculptors is Dame Elizabeth Frink's great head Memorian III.

My sculpture continues an investigation into the interconnectedness between the human and the non-human and is exhibited next to an image of me working a thirty tonne boulder in a Welsh stone quarry, four years ago.

Open:
14th May - 14th July
Mon-Fri 11am - 5pm
Sat 1pm - 5pm

Royal Society of Sculptors
108 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3RA
0207 373 8615
sculptors.org.uk

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Photo: Anne Purkiss

 

Rolling press reports

Tags: Press, Public Sculpture

My commission proposal for a major landmark sculpture in Northumberland, along with the two other shortlistees, is unsurprisingly gaining a fair bit of interest within the press. Here are a few of the articles I've spotted over the past couple of days - please click on the title link in bold:

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The Telegraph

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BBC News

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Metro News

Plus, a nice mention on page 4 of The Telegraph broadsheet yesterday.

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Major New Landmark Sculpture

Tags: Public Commission

Wednesday 3rd May

I am delighted to be able to announce that I am shortlisted for a major landmark sculpture to be sited in the raw beauty of Northumberland.

The form, materials and siting of this landmark sculpture have been inspired by the rugged and undulating landscape in which it sits. Made from robust weathering steel, this elevated slice of hillside has the elegance of an aerodynamic form and references the rich history of local iron ore mining. Lateral fins which change in pitch, size and frequency catch the sun, creating shadows and a sense of perspective and movement. Take a unique walk into the Northumbrian landscape by entering Cold Law hill itself, viewing geological time as the carboniferous sandstone bedrock rises above you and then find respite at the hilltop shelter.

For more information about the commission, its timeline, inspiration etc. please click here.

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2. Landmark sculpture  Rock Slot
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4. Concept drawing
 

The Elizabeth Landmark

Tags: Press

2nd May

'North East sculpture taller than the Angel of the North planned to honour the Queen' : read the article in the Newcastle Chronicle here

The Chronicle
 

Cheeseburn

Tags: Group Exhibition, Outdoor Sculpture, Public Sculpture

30th April

Today was a good day, installing two sculptures: sun on my back, lifting tackle, rock, sculpture, machines, and helpful assistants. There's a job to be done, everything is thought through and it runs like clockwork, almost like a choreographed performance (well, perhaps thats pushing it a little). Whilst it is physically pretty hard and mentally taxing, thinking about every eventuality, it actually seems like a day off. I guess thats the wonder of working out of doors!

Installing at Cheeseburn

So now these two favourites pieces belong to the Northumbrian landscape, at Cheeseburn Grange. CG is a beautiful set of buildings set within stunning gardens which have the feel of a large country house, yet the scale and intimacy of a personal project. There is a fantastic variety of sculpture to be found, from large well crafted statements, to small and gentle interventions. Open for selected weekends over the summer - see below.

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Cheeseburn Grange
Stamfordham
Northumberland
NE18 0PT
info@cheeseburn.com
cheeseburn.com

Open weekends:
May 19th/20th
May 26th/27th/28th
June 30th/July 1st
July 7th/8th
August 25th/26th/27th
September 1st/2nd

 

RWA Academician

Tags: Press, Studio Practice
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Monday 11th January

I'm delighted to say that I have been elected an Academician at the RWA.

I was selected on the strength of the four works above, plus supporting documents and images.

Founded in 1844, it is one of the five Royal Academies of Art in the UK.

 

RWA Open Exhibition

Tags: Group Exhibition
More than human #1  |  Rock, wax, resin  |  37 x 19 x 21 cm.  |  2017

Thursday 28th September

image: More than Human #1

I will be showing four works in the RWA Open this year, two of which have never been shown before - fresh from the studio!

These works are part of an ongoing investigation into the interconnectedness between rock and body, flesh and mountain, the natural wold. They are open-ended lines of enquiry within my studio practice - more proposition than closed statement or finished object.

Becoming Stone is rock-like in form, yet visceral and body-like in appearance. What appears to be made from muscle, sinew and fat, suggestive of discarded offal or body organs from a butchers shop, is in fact pigmented wax painted directly on top of stone - rather like growing a skin of living organs over the inanimate endoskeleton underneath. The displaced rock cast of The Flesh of the World #3 suggests flesh or growing matter searching out new life. It hangs in space like a sublime, ethereal rock creature with a wounded resilience that is unnerving and threatening, yet at the same time inviting, sensual and beautiful. These are qualities also found in More Than Human #1 and A Certain Reciprocity, which specifically concern themselves with the nature of being and our relationship to the physical world.

1 Oct - 3rd Dec
Tue – Sat: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Sun: 11.00am – 5.00pm
Mon: Closed
Queen’s Road
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 1PX
www.rwa.org.uk

 

Art and Physics

Tags: Press
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Monday 29th May

What an inspiration: Dr Sharon Ann Holgate has written a physics text book for undergraduate students reading STEM subjects and the arts. Its also a very accessible book for the lay reader, exploring aspects of physics, engineering and maths by using examples of art and in particular sculpture, to demonstrate how these principles are used in the real world.

I'm pleased to see my Kings Cross sculpture Unity adorning the covers and its engineering and design discussed within the chapters, along side my Kensington sculpture Glorious Beauty. For example, she discusses the importance of the underground fixing points: these are always unseen within the finished sculpture, but are vital for the security and structural integrity of the work and consequently much engineering goes into the design and fabrication of these hidden elements. Bravo

 

Edible Art?

Tags: Group Exhibition
Pound-of-Flesh

Thursday 11th May
On Sunday the 21st May, Hestercombe Gallery will be hosting an unusual culinary art delight - Buffet d'Art. Running in conjunction with the gallery's current exhibition programme, Buffet d'Art will showcase an array of artists work in bite size pieces.

Loosely based on the theme of a buffet, in the sense of offerings and placement of the complementary works, its running plinth will occupy the room's space completely. Buffet d'Art's first outing was at Meinblau Gallery Berlin, and was subsequently unleashed at Ambika P3 gallery in London last November. Each time the Buffet takes on a new assemblage of offerings to delight the connoisseur.

My offering for the Hestercombe Gallery buffet will be a new work titled A Pound of Flesh. The work continues themes I'm exploring at the moment to do with transience and the interconnectedness between the human and the non-human. Perhaps looking like sweetmeats, they are an uncanny union between rock and flesh.

Please come and sample the delights of the exhibition:

21 May- 18 June
11am - 5pm
Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton
Somerset
TA2 8LG
01823 413923

 

10 Public Sculptures

Tags: Outdoor Sculpture, Press, Public Sculpture
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20th April
After months of hard work I finally have this publication in my hands - and it feels good, really good.

10 Public Sculptures showcases my work dotted around the country in a beautiful designed book. Its layout is clear and descriptive with powerful images of my sculptures within the public realm. It has a super introduction by Anne Elliott and an brilliant contextualising essay by Tom Flynn in the centre. There is all the usual information about what, how, when, where etc. alongside a visual story line of two of the sculptures.

Very much celebrating my larger public work, which complements my studio based practice and gallery explorations, I had a pretty clear idea what I wished the book to do commercially. So it was a joy and an education to work with the design company Antman who held my hand through the subtle process of design layout, choice of stock, image selection and text, all of which achieves the design brief whether you give it a quick three second flick through, or a longer in-depth read. There's something gorgeous about its rubberised covers which make you want to keep hold of it.

To view a high res. pdf of the book click this link...
(please be patient with download as file is 83MB)

10 Public Sculptures - Hitchens.pdf

 
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