Drawing selected for RWA

Tags: Group Exhibition
Deconstructing-Wholeness-19

31st March
I am delighted to have my drawing Deconstructing Wholeness 19 hung at the RWA biennial drawing exhibition Drawn 2017.

As the most basic form of human expression, drawing has an unparalleled history and this exhibition both celebrates and explores the boundaries of marks made by a wide range of interdisciplinary artists.

Drawing is very much part of my studio practice and this drawing is part of an ongoing series which explores different ways to perceive stone. A stone's shadow line is recorded and then ink lines are drawn, starting at right angles to the very place that they intersect the shadow line: a process is set and my hand simply becomes the tool which delivers the result.

Drawn 2017
1 April - 4 July
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11pm – 5pm
Monday Closed
Open Bank Holiday Mondays

RWA
Queen’s Road,
Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1PX
+44 (0)117 973 5129

www.rwa.org.uk

 

TouchStones

Tags: Solo Exhibition, Public Event
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8th March
Known for its biennial festival of contemporary art made in response to the Isle of Portland, b-side never sleeps, holding events throughout the year at its project space - Outpost. This month at Outpost I will be showing my film Genesis, which explores ideas of what it is to be human and our relationship to the impermanence of life. To support the film I will also be showing new and experimental sculpture in wax and resin. These appear as rocks or cave-like voids, yet have a disturbing and uncanny similarity to flesh. There will also be drawings and works on paper, exploring further the theme of transience.

I will be talking about the work and the ideas behind it, at 7pm on Thursday 16th March, please come along. I'm afraid places are limited so you will need to book a free place HERE.
I shall also be at Outpost all day on 30th March if you wish to talk with me further about the work.

Touch Stones
16th March - 8th April
12pm - 5pm, Tues - Sat
Outpost
77 Furtuneswell
Portland
DT5 1LY
www.b-side.org.uk

 

SCULPTORS book

Tags: Press
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3rd March
The photographer Anne Purkiss, with whom I have worked on a number of projects, has just published a book titled Sculptors. Its quite an extraordinary record of her intimate photography of sculptors over the past thirty years, and I'm pleased to say that I have a few pages within the book. She managers to capture those often unseen moments of sculptors in their studios, portraits which show us another side to the person.

She cannily launched the book at the opening for Tony Cragg's exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where she has an exhibition of photographs from the book. Th exhibition can be viewed at the YSP Centre Upper Space until the 4th June. Click HERE for further details.

 

EVOLVER

Tags: Press
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1st March
I'm thrilled to have one of my drawings on the cover of EVOLVER magazine, the bi-monthly arts magazine for the South West of England. The drawing is one from the Deconstructing Wholeness series and can, coincidentally, be seen at Touchstones, my show with b-side at their new project space Outpost.

 

Mountain Arts Festival

Tags: Public Event, Group Exhibition
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Fallen Cairn

17th October
I am showing a number of sculptures and drawings at The Mountain Arts Festival in the Rheged Centre, Cumbria. This is a brilliant opportunity to view a wide ranging exhibition inspired by mountains and mountaineering. Artists such as Hamish Fulton will be exhibiting at the same time as lectures, discussions and workshops from eminent mountaineers such as Doug Scott, Chris Bonington and Catherine Destival. All profit goes direct to the charity Community Action Nepal

10am - 5.30pm
19 - 27 October
Rheged Centre
Redhills, Penrith
Cumbria CA11 0DQ
www.rheged.com

 

WAC Awards 2016

Tags: Group Exhibition, Public Space
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10th October
I just love this image of Being Things: like an exotic food stuff, almost ready to eat. The exhibition has a really interesting hang this year as it is in the Bishops Palace, alongside ancient architecture, furniture and portraits.

Certainly worth a look if you are new Wells:
The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD
8-22 October
Open: 10am - 6pm
www.wellsartcontemporary.co.uk

 

Forthcoming Exhibitions

Tags: Group Exhibitions
Simon-Hitchens-Being-Things-2

WAC Awards 2016
The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD
8-22 October
Open: 10am - 6pm
www.wellsartcontemporary.co.uk

 
A-Pound-of-Flesh

Mountain Arts Festival
Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria
CA11 0DQ
19-27 October
Open: 10am - 5pm
www.rheged.com
In aid of Community Action Nepal

 
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RWA 164 Annual Open Exhibition
Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1PX
9 October - 27 November
Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 – 6.00pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Monday Closed
www.rwa.org.uk

 

Studio Open!

Tags: Studio Practice, Exhibition
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21st September
Really enjoying have time and space to view new work in an uncluttered studio - allowing me to see where it will go next, materially, conceptually and commercially.
Please come and visit whilst the studio is hung like this:
Croft Studio, Pound Lane, Buckland St Mary, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3SN
Open 11am - 6pm on the following dates:
19 - 21 September, 23 - 27 September, 30 September - 2 October and by apponitment until 15th October.

 

Open Studio

Tags: Exhibition, Studio Practice

I am opening my studio for a couple of weeks, to show some new work I have been experimenting with over the past year. I would be delighted if you were able to visit during this time.

The work continues my fascination with the interconnectedness between the human and the non-human, by making objects in wax which are undeniable inanimate, yet have a visceral, bodily quality that is uncanny. Rock and flesh in union? A new hybrid life form? A new understanding of Being? Come and see, to decide for yourself.

Croft Studio, Pound Lane, Buckland St Mary, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3SN
Open 11am - 6pm on the following dates:
19 - 21 September, 23 - 27 September, 30 September - 2 October.

 

Installation choreography

Tags: Outdoor Sculpture, Private Commission

19th April 2016:
Yesterday saw the installation of a 'small' granite sculpture for a private client in Wimbledon. Normally this would not be of much note, but I think it worth mentioning as the installation was a real challenge, given that I couldn't get any powered lifting machines to help - 'just' a super efficient helper called Duncan.
Rolling the 1700kg. forms round the house, down steps and into the garden location went like clockwork. In fact the size, weight and material of the sculpture were all carefully considered, knowing the route through the garden to the final installation site. These are often unthought of aspects of making and installing a sculpture, particularly when it sits successfully in its final location as if it has been there for years, but they are all part of the back story for the creation.
And of course a dry day is most welcomed.

 
 
 
 
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