With the arrival of FORM 2022 there are many more sculptors and sculptures for our visitors to get to know so allow us to make some introductions!
Here in this mini-series of blogs we invite you to ‘Meet the Artists’, sharing a little more about them and their works now showing at Sculpture by the Lakes.
Dorset-based sculptor Philip Ross is exhibiting for the first time at FORM 2022. We have seven of his works on display next to the River Frome and in the tranquil setting of The Retreat.
As an art student in Liverpool he created predominantly geometric work in steel, wood, fibreglass and plaster as well as stone, but now works exclusively in stone, producing tactile organic forms inspired by nature. His approach is to let his imagination ‘respond to the material’, favouring a highly polished surface that ‘cries out to be caressed.’
His career has also included teaching, crafting wooden furniture and African dundun drums, making jewellery in silver and gold, and producing steel tools and leather goods.
Jonathan’s distinctive hand painted sculptures can be seen brightening the Sculpture Courtyard and the gallery. His works are produced in bronze and resin bronze casts, suitable for indoors, outdoor public spaces and gardens.
Jonathan has a background sculpting for models and effects for television, film and theatre, and from there began focusing on his own work, initially with an emphasis on wildlife and aspects of the natural world, showing his pieces in stately homes and gardens.
His desire to move back into figurative work, but without losing that connection with nature, is the point from which the body of work presented here at Sculpture by the Lakes evolved.
Between the Trout Lake and the River Frome stands Will Carr’s monumental kinetic sculpture ‘Meandering Valleys’, reaching nearly 4 metres high.
Through his kinetic wind sculptures he seeks to ‘bring to life the hidden forces surrounding us in an ever-changing dance.’
Will’s love of paragliding has given him a deep understanding of weather and wind flow, which combined with his background in engineering, has made his progression from static to kinetic sculptures a natural one. His experimentation and ‘play’ exploring forces and patterns in nature informs his understanding of how to create kinetic sculptures that move consistently, in varying patterns, in even the lightest of winds.
We are delighted to have a selection of new pieces by Nick Bibby in the gallery, including this majestic Gyrfalcon, who waits to greet you at the gallery door.
The Gyrfalcon is the largest falcon in the world – muscular and fearless, these birds have been known to break their own legs striking prey and bringing it to the ground. Here Nick has chosen to sculpt a large, Arctic, female with snowy white plumage, speckled with grey.
Nick’s sculpture, imbued with life and character, is a favourite with gallery visitors. He has clear affection for his chosen subjects, and a talent for modelling – fascinated by both form and detail he models with fluidity and energy, producing sculptures that seem to live and breathe.
All of these works and many more are available to see and buy at FORM 2022 our current exhibition across Sculpture by the Lakes. Book your visit today to find out more!