Jayne Walker creates monumental landscapes in miniature form. Their power is extraordinary and speak of the universal relationship between nature, the human heart and landscape.
As with all great art her work transcends size. The small scale of her work is no barrier to the experience of the viewer, indeed her skill is that the viewer has the sense of being within the landscape distilled into each piece.
Her work has a mesmerising and intriguing quality so that wherever placed her sculptures create a ‘still space’ which even in a glance recalibrates the spirit and mind.
Fascinated with the way line flows around a form, enclosing it and giving sense to the mass she combines cast and carved three-dimensional form with surface pattern. Inspired by contour maps, geological illustrations and 19th century travel globes, her work is reminiscent of a miniature Earth that you can hold in your hand.
I am delighted to offer her most recent body of work, collectively entitled ‘Land Vessels’. These are inspired by the various effects of erosion on the landscape and geological strata which the artist experienced while walking the Cornish, Welsh and Scottish coastlines. More recent inspiration has also come from the landscapes of British Columbia and Alberta.
The sculptures are carved from Crystacal plaster which has first been cast into a former. The material allows a unique combination of casting and carving, as well as allowing surface decoration and detailing with pencil which is then fixed. The plaster has a perfectly smooth, cool and soft finish.
1980 BA Hons Ceramics – West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham
1980-6 Made and exhibited sculpture (followed by break to raise family until 2012)
2014 Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2015/6 Gallery Fifty Five, Hartley Wintney
2018 Gallery 57, Arundel ‘A contour, a curve – the lie of the land’
2018 Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
Jilly Sutton ARBS
Jilly Sutton is a Member of the British Society of Sculptors specialising in figurative and contemplative sculpture. She carves distinctive heads and figures from large pieces of wood, sandblasting and liming to give them their unique, grainy character, and casting them in olive stone or bronze.
Although her work is mainly figurative, often with an overriding sense of serenity, abstraction also features in her oeuvre. Guilded has previously commissioned custom finished casting from Sutton and promotes her work as one of the under-sung artists of our generation. We invite enquiries into Sutton’s work and either act on her behalf or hand potential clients over to deal direct if they and the artist prefer this course.
Trained at Cheslea College of Art as a Public Artist Joel instigated his career at the pioneering Public Arts Company, Free Form Arts Trust. There he designed sculptures and carried out various public engagement projects. In 2010 he started his private studio in Dorset, where the pace of life, the Jurassic geology and magnificent landscapes inform his work.
Watching Joel at work it is clear he is at one with his material, neither one dictating the other, rather it is akin to a dance. The movement of his body as he works creates arcs that expose the lifelines of the tree. He doesn’t necessarily set out to create bowls or vessels, instead he likens the process to making music, there is a flow and a form develops out of the wood, with occasional improvisations until the shape simply feels right.
With the shape determined the process moves to polishing, bringing out a more beautiful natural outcome with Joel respecting the areas that may be broken or damaged as the richness that gives the life form of the wood its beauty. It is a psychology of acceptance, highlight by the introduction of precious metals into the cracks and effectively polishing imperfections as marks of beauty. Parkes also surprises us with the introduction of neons through acrylic poured into crevices, resulting in a sense that there is a combined material language pouring out of the wood.
Joel is currently developing a body of work exclusively for Guilded to be revealed as part of a group show at COLLECT in February 2018.
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