Deeply moving and incredibly poignant Layered Memories of Conflict takes us on a reflective journey through the futility of war and the scars it leaves behind. Building on the premise the land never forgets and it remains witness to the horrors we perpetrate upon it, Alison Lochhead uses these sculptures to reflect upon the memory of actions and experiences of people over time. Each person’s memory and experience is different and only parts remain of each, there is no ‘wholeness’, only fragments, but when different memories are pieced together they make a collective reflection and memory.
Alison works with different materials, all integral from the earth and with their own strengths and reaction to heat and to each other; iron, clay, oxides, wood. In the kiln alchemy takes place as the various materials are drawn together or reject each other, they are transformed. Some elements get lost and burn away, others fuse and create a different form. The materials perform randomly and the pain, the scars, the individual and collective conflicts and wars, emerge out of the materials reaction to the form and the fire. The reaction of the molten iron onto the ceramic, wood and other materials is equally unknown.
Layers Memories of Conflict £60,000
Also by Alison Lochhead Fragments £3,500 each
Born in 1975 in Pakistan, brought up in Lancashire and now living in Shropshire, Halima’s varied, multi-cultural background is tangibly present in her work.
A natural creativity presented itself at an early age and was nurtured to fruition as Halima carved her way through an art-based education: an undergraduate degree in 1997 and an MA in 2002.
The culmination of this process is Halima’s precociously mature work. Fusing her Asian roots with a fascination for African pattern work and her deep passion for architectural geometry, Halima’s work is intense yet playful, structured yet creative; substantial yet dynamic and invariably compelling in its originality.
Combining strong geometric elements with recurrent patterns and architectural principles, Halima’s work utilises definite lines and dramatic angles in an attempt to manifest the universal language of number and create an unsettling sense of movement.
To achieve these effects she uses relatively thick surfaces or solid forms to carve to the desired depth. Halima concentrates on simple forms as the basis of her work in order to maximise the impact of the complex surface patterns in combination with heavily contrasting contours.
This approach provides her with the tools to create the compelling drama and playful dynamism that characterises her work.
Crystalline Tower Price: £21’360
Kite, Panel of 8 Pieces Price: £9’360
Roger’s work is mainly in stone, from soft alabaster through to hard granite with some pieces in bronze and occasionally incorporating found objects.
He has always carved stone, at school and then as a stonemason at Salisbury Cathedral.
The enormous range of this elemental and abundant resource has captivated and intrigued me and to create sculpture from this hard material is always a challenge. But it is the physical effort demanded of this medium that is fundamental to my work as I carve through the chosen block to its conclusion. The starting point of my work comes from diverse points; natural forms, industry, politics, religion, science and music.
Increasingly I have become concerned what impact outside agencies and influences have on our world and its people, how we are moulded by the result of decisions that are way beyond our control. Also, the threat of climate change and the decisions made by governments and multi-nationals that affect us and the environment.
All these aspects are behind my work, but wherever the idea springs from, I endeavour to produce a piece that is elegant, tactile and true to the original idea.
I have had awards from the Onyx Environmental Trust
Salisbury Civic Society, Lady Radnor Prize
Prizewinner, Millfield Open Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery
Prizewinner, Wiltshire Open Exhibition, Salisbury
Storm Force £2985
Helen Sinclair was born in South Wales in 1954. She studies sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art. After teaching for 12 years, she has been a full-time sculptor since 1988. With her technician she does her own mouldmaking and resin casting. All her bronze sculpture is cast at the MB Fine Arts Foundry in Pembrokeshire.
The human figure is her primary subject: the actual figure and the figure as depicted by other artists in any medium and at any phase in history. Her influences include the sculptural forms and mythology of ancient civilisations and 12th Century sculptors: Emilio Greco, Medardo Rosso, Giacometti and most notably Willhelm Lehmbruck. She also looks to painting for inspiration, especially Picasso, Matisse, Chagail and Modigliani.
She exhibits widely in England and Wales and annually at the Chelsea Flower Show. Her customers include Lord Melvyn Bragg, Sir Robert Clark, chef Gary Rhodes, singer Bonnie Tyler, actress Sheila Hancock, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, poet Roger McGough and Keith Chapman (creator of Bob the Builder!).
Sonata 2 (after Matisse); Height 173 x W27 x D29 cm; stone-resin edition of 12; £3,750
Angel (14); H 160.5 x W 30 x D 22.5cm; weight 12.5kg; stone-resin edition of 15: £3,950
Leading contemporary sculptor Heather Jansch has established a Worldwide reputation for life-size driftwood bronze horses.
From the beginning her passions were drawing and horses and Leonardo da Vinci. Hating the confines of school and dropping out of Goldsmith’s Heather pursued her dream of becoming an artist, living in wooded foothills with clear flowing water at her doorstep and horses grazing all around. With breath-taking vision, determination and luck with generous supporters Heather’s work has gained the international recognition it deserves.
In 1987 Courcoux and Courcoux promoted her work at the London Contemporary Arts Fair to critical acclaim and unprecedented public appeal. Exhibiting at The National Trust’s Saltram House, her solo show’s life-size mare and foal made national headlines; she was the only British artist working with driftwood and she flourished. In 2000 she exhibited in ‘The Shape of The Century’ – 100 years of sculpture in Britain at Canary Wharf, alongside leading British sculptors, Moore, Frink, Hepworth, Caro et al. Jansch’s horses had achieved worldwide recognition and Tim Smit, KBE, bought one for The Eden Project, where it was voted the best loved exhibit becoming known simply as The Eden Horse. Heather now has her own Devon gallery which opens for charity every spring and autumn.
Her life-size pieces are cast in bronze editions of five, the originals are reserved for interiors and summer exhibition.
Will Carr is another of Herefordshire’s young sculptors to watch. Although he has only been sculpting for six years, his work is receiving great acclaim from exhibitions across the UK and he is picking up commissions worldwide.
Using steel Will recreates the intricacies of natural forms and phenomena’s. Texture allows him to make this very strong, rigid medium appear soft with elegance to mimic or accentuate its surroundings.
Will’s passion in science and nature, especially the micro-world, has expanded his fascination for understanding how the world interacts; from the intrinsic properties of nature at molecular and biological levels, up to the eternal questions that face our world.
Will’s aim is for others to feel inspired in order to perceive the unusual aspects of our surroundings and appreciate its complexities.
Sycamore Seed £400
Ed Elliott’s work predominantly comprises of large scale figurative sculpture, often carved from tree trunks. Ed has won national acclaim with a number of National Trust commissions, among which he created a striking wooden angel figure with a 14ft wingspan, exhibited at Mottisfont in Hampshire, and more recently his response to the military history of Hughenden Manor with his ‘Watchmen’ series.
His work has sold into collections worldwide and one of his ‘Angel’ sculptures sits in a public collection next to work by Elisabeth Frink, Antony Gormley and Thomas Heatherwick.
Lady and Lady of the Lake Not for Sale
The Watcher £5,000
Born in Warrington in 1961, Mark trained initially, and gained his first degree at Middlesex University (formerly the Hornsey School of Art) and subsequently at the Cardiff Metropolitan University (MA Fine Art), at the Cardiff School of Art & Design.
His work has long been concerned with our relationship to the built environment, and often incorporates objects and materials encountered there. His practice highlights overlooked aspects of the everyday, in order to isolate and represent aspects of the urban environment. His aim is to forge a visual poetry of the commonplace, to elevate the irrelevance of the ordinary, in an attempt to decode and decipher the complexity of the environments that we inherit and inhabit.
He moved to Welsh Borders in 1987 and has exhibited, in both Wales and the rest of the UK, as well as undertaking several residencies both here, in the UK, and abroad in Spain and the US of A. His work appears regularly in both group and solo exhibitions. He has recently been collaborating with a painter, Kelly Best, who is based in Cardiff, having joint shows in both Cardiff and Manchester. As well as appearing in catalogues, his work features in a worldwide survey of 30 multi-disciplinary artists, “The Language of Mixed Media Sculpture” by Jac Scott, published by the Crowood Press, May 2014. In the same year he was been elected to the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
Has taught Fine Art since 1997 at both Graduate and Under Graduate level, at Hereford College of Arts and Cardiff Metropolitan University, always specializing in Sculpture.
The Gate £2,600
William Peers was born in 1965 and studied at Falmouth Art College after which he was apprenticed to a stone-carver, Michael Black, from 1989-1991. His earliest carvings were figurative and followed that long history of English stone carving brought to prominence in the 20th Century by Henry Moore and Eric Gill. Gradually Peers’s work became more and more abstract.
He has carved stone for the past twenty years, exploring both figuration and abstraction. He exhibits regularly with the John Martin Gallery, London and Everard Read, London as well as in group exhibitions across the UK. William has mainly worked with Hornton stone, Carrara marble and Portuguese marble.
Peers’s carvings have as much affinity with painting as sculpture. The work lies somewhere between the two, with as much in common with abstract painters, Paul Klee and Barnet Newman as with Moore and Gill. Peers lives and works in North Cornwall.
Simon’s work can also be viewed in the Vulgar Earth exhibition 1st July – 13th August 2017
A qualified mechanical engineer Simon trained under a traditional apprenticeship scheme in Hereford and studied fine art in Cleveland.
Combining disciplines he achieves a balance between artist informing engineer and engineer informing artist.
As well as his own collection of original sculpture Simon has a broad portfolio of architectural and domestic steelwork, and his own range of garden braziers under the design name Simic.
His specialist knowledge has also gained him prestigious contracts with national galleries and museums, creating displays and object mounts.
Almuth Tebbenhoff is inspired by process: she loves the way objects of beauty and intrigue can emerge from a noisy session cutting and welding steel, sparks flying in every sense, or from a quieter but no less messy afternoon pushing wet clay around.
It’s the simple fact of working with her hands to distil from dull, reluctant matter pieces that are always interesting, always challenging, invariably searching, frequently witty, often profound, and sometimes breathtakingly lovely. It is this physical labour of art that draws her restless spirit to sculpture.
She was born in Furstenau in north-west Germany. In 1969, a year after completing her secondary schooling, she moved to the UK where she studied ceramics at the Sir John Cass School of Art from 1972 to 1975. Following that, she set up a studio in London and for the next six years made studio ceramics, while she developed her ideas for sculpture.
In 1981, Almuth established her Southfields studio in a former church hall. At first she worked in clay and wood, but in 1986 she started a two-year course in metal fabrication at South Thames College, London.
Her early pieces were monochrome, mostly grey, abstract explorations of space and volume through geometric devices. Since the early nineties, Almuth has been moving towards a freer mode of expression, creating explosive forms in bright colours through a steady evolution of processes, investigating her current themes of light, space and the origins of matter.
Dolcezza Mia £9,500
Expressing reverence for the amazing world in which we live, by capturing poignant and beautiful moments, Caro Burberry MRBS, is another of Herefordshire’s and the UK’s leading sculptors.
Caro’s talent and love of sculpture was a late discovery informed by a zig-zag path of life experience. Born in Aylesbury she grew up in rural Buckinghamshire. Loving parents encouraged her eclectic mix of creative interests while ensuring her feet were kept firmly on the ground by academic studies.
Caro opted for a classical training at The Frink School of Figurative Sculpture. While studying, her work began attracting attention and her first life-size sculpture – Bronze ‘Emerging Woman’ – was purchased for St Michael’s Hospice near Hereford.
Hot-poured iron has since become a favourite medium with Caro to create the transient and timeless qualities she has become renowned for. Notable commissions in cast iron include ‘Worship’ for Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture and ‘Indiana Visionary’ for Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, Indiana, USA. Caro regularly undertakes private commissions in bronze.
Caro was elected a Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in March 2012.
Adam and Eve Adam £14,000 Eve £12,500
Angela Conner is one of Britain’s most prolific sculptors who, for over 40 years, has created Europe’s largest mobile sculptures as well as acclaimed portraits.
As a young self-taught artist who sculpted since childhood with whatever materials came her way, Conner developed her professional foundation working in Dame Barbara Hepworth’s celebrated Cornwall studio. Leaving before she turned twenty, Conner went on to develop her signature fascination with the movement in nature.
Working with whatever materials suit her idea, Conner’s mobile sculptures move with water, tip in the wind, play with gravity, light, and shadow. Mirroring natural forces, they seek to evoke in their viewer the feelings experienced in the increasingly rare moments when one slows down and engages with our surroundings.
Whilst vast in scale and impressive in material, Conner’s work is characterised by the contrasting simplicity of the mechanics she engineers specifically to realise the mobile aspects of each design.
Conner’s sculptures feature in public and private collections worldwide and she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Academy of the Arts in London and was awarded an American Institute of Architects’ Honor Award for sculpture and co-design of Heinz Plaza, Pittsburgh USA. At 35 metres, her Irish Wave in Dublin is the tallest mobile sculpture in Europe.
Rocking Lady POA
Walter van Stratten
Walter van Straaten is a Herefordshire based artist by adoption, who has always been attracted by the beauty of the country’s ancient woodlands. Looking for a way to bring out the beauty of the wood itself, he settled on the idea of blending it with a strongly contrasting material – polished stainless steel – so that each element draws something from the other. Two elements as one. Does it work? We would love your views on that.
Erection in Steel £2,500
Lines over the plains £2,500
Born in Staffordshire in 1946. Harvey studied at the Royal College of Art. He was Head of Sculpture at University of Wales Cardiff until 2000 and he ran Berllanderi Sculpture Workshop in Raglan for 30 years. He was a founder member of The Welsh Sculpture Trust and Council Member of Royal Society of British Sculptors and RSA Art for Architecture Committee and several other advisory groups. Lectured in Europe, North America and India and attended many International Symposiums and Residencies. He has made several Public commissions including Archform at Newport Railway Station and the Celtic Ring in Cardiff Bay. He is a fellow of the RBS.
After closing Berllanderi Sculpture Workshop I have been rationalizing my studio working spaces and reduced my involvement with pouring cast iron but I still like to make my own moulds. I still like this methodology for understanding positive and negative concepts and practically dealing with convex and concave shapes. In some pieces I am able to work forms 3 or 4 times in different stages of the process refining the idea in making. I am lucky to have large studio spaces which are full with small fragments of sculptural language. These are shelved, waiting for instinct to bring them together in the magical sculpture making process.
Cast Iron Quasar (2015) £3,900
Jonathan Loxley was born in 1960, son of a fighter pilot. From 1979 to 1981, he studied marble sculpture techniques in Florence. He then spent seven years in the film industry, painting stage sets and creating sculptures for film and theatre sets. He worked on cult films such as Labyrinth and A Fish Called Wanda. Some 20 years ago he moved to Carrara, Italy, to pursue something more “solid”. Here he acquired skills and knowledge unlikely to be found elsewhere.
Frustrated with the limitations and transience of man-made materials, Loxley found Marble to be the ideal carving element, allowing unimpeded thought processes within the interior space of the stone.
Ironically he discovered that while stone has to be reduced to reach the intended surface, the inspiration for an idea would expand outward from the centre. This irony expanded itself, dictating the idea that the material was indeed responsible for the development of the carver.
After 11 years in Italy, Loxley returned home to England, setting up his studio in Wiltshire, He continues to make regular trips to Carrara to source marble for his projects.
His work can also be seen at Goodwood Sculpture Park, and internationally in Hong Kong, California, New York and Cannes. Some of his clients include Lord and Lady Bamford, Lord Carrington, and David Bowie.
Polish sculptor Walenty Pytel is unique amongst contemporary artists. He is internationally renowned as Europe’s leading metal sculptor of birds and beasts and is one of the world’s finest craftsmen. His inspired creations are drawn from nature and transform metal into works of living art. Much of his work is destined for private collectors and the corporate world, with commissions appearing in the Houses of Parliament, Birmingham Airport as well JCB, Channel and Lloyds of London.
Not for Sale
Confident and challenging best describes the work of Richard Jackson. It is the result of thoughtful development through more than 20 years of making objects in glass, that integrate concept with technical skill in their realisation. Throughout this time he has travelled widely recording images and impressions of his experiences, using drawing, writing and photography.
His resulting works in glass express his findings, and questions raised, through forms that are provocative yet harmonious, animated with markmaking and carving that challenge the boundaries between surface and internal language.
His work is represented in public collections including Victoria and Albert Museum, National Museums of Scotland and M.A.V.A. Museo de Arte en Vidrio de Alcorcon, Madrid, Spain.
Throughout the 1990’s he worked in glass studios in USA (John Lewis Glass 1991-1993), Denmark (Baltic Sea Glass 1996) and UK (Fusion Glass Design (1998-2000) and held the position of technician at Surrey Institute of Art and Design, UK (1995-1998). He has also lectured at Surrey Institute of Art and Design and North Oxfordshire College.
In 2000 he set up a large, well equipped glass studio with Sally Fawkes in Gloucestershire, UK that enables them to undertake projects of notable scale.
He was the main prize winner of The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers Prize in 2007 and Runner Up for a collaborative work with Sally Fawkes in 2012. He has also received awards for his work from the Arts Council, England (2002 and 2008), Crafts Council, England (2002) and The Department of Trade and Industry, UK, (2005).
Richard Jackson has an international exhibition profile showing in Museums and galleries. He also works to commission, often site specifically, for public, corporate and private spaces.
Title: Exchanged Glances III £6’890
John studied Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic 1975-78 BA Hons, Sculpture at St Martin’s School of Art 1978-79 then became sculptural assistant to Garth Evans. He has exhibited internationally and nationally completing many commissions: New Contemporaries 1978, Northern Young Contemporaries 1976-79. Recent projects include Brink Marylebone London 2017. Metallic Burghley Sculpture Garden. The Open West 2015 Flux Rag Factory London Feb 2015. Selected artist Bondi Beach N S W Australia 2015 . Solo exhibitions: Air Gallery London 1982, Stockport Art Gallery 1976, Northwest Center Arts 1975. He has undertaken a major residential placement at Leemetals Macclesfield 1980 to 1982, receiving a Major Award from North West Arts. He has work in public and private collections. Commissions include: North West Arts, Marks and Spencer PLC, Stanhope Developments.
Elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculpture in 2012. Formerly Director of Three Dimensional Studies at Kingsway College Clarkenwell Centre for the Arts EC1. For 28 years he taught full-time in schools, colleges and universities throughout London. He resumed my sculptural practice in 2011 and work in Acme Studios, Stockwell London. Shongololo is now part of the permanent collection of the Burghley House Preservation Trust Ltd. It will be seen and cared for at the Burghley Contemporary Sculpture Garden.