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Sculpture in a Landscape 1969 - 2020 at West Leaze

This year our exhibition, ‘Sculpture in a Landscape 1969 – 2020’, has a rather different focus from our previous shows. In 1969 the same property was one of the first private gardens in the country to be used for showing contemporary sculpture. That exhibition was organised by sculptor Roger Leigh and his wife Pat. It featured 18 sculptors many of them with reputations that survive to this day. They included Hubert Dalwood, Denis Mitchell, Henry Moore, William Pye and Austin Wright. The Wiltshire archives hold many of the papers about this exhibition and visitors to the exhibition will be able to get an insight into that event. Work by several of the 1969 artists will also be on show.

The following profiles describe the background of over 30 of today’s sculptors and illustrates one of the works they hope to show with us. In addition other artists will have work in our popup shop for immediate sale. Almost all of the sculptors taking part have shown with us at one of our previous exhibitions. We are delighted to also feature the work of a small number of recent graduates who are showing work in an exhibition for the first time.

‘Sculpture in a Landscape’ takes place at West Leaze, Ogbourne Rd, Aldbourne from 3rd – 27th September. We are open every day from 11am -6pm excepting on Mondays and Tuesdays when we will be closed. Entry is £7.50 per adult including a catalogue, accompanied under 18’s free. There will be a popup café serving light refreshments, a popup shop and summer house gallery with smaller items and, yes, toilets.

Covid-19 Please note - Subject to government guidance we will open as scheduled but we will require entry timed tickets purchased in advance. Facilities to do this online from this web site should be available from August 17th 2020

Alec peever Hortense.jpg Alec & Fiona Peever
Fiona and Alec share a studio in the Cotswolds.

Fiona is an advocate of ‘direct carving’. ‘My practice is to work freely into a random block of stone, discovering the form within. Most of my carvings to date have been influenced by figurative subjects, but more recently, I have been exploring the opportunities that can be found in the abstract.’-- Read More -->>

Alice Jennings slip form.jpg Alice Jennings
‘I convey my own actions through the shape and form of the materials I use. Growing up with a brother who has Down’s syndrome has made me question the idea of beauty and what it means.’ -- Read More -->>

Daniels Image 3.jpg Amy Daniels
‘Ceramics, due to the transformative processes involved, is an exciting field in which to explore territories of change, transience and impermanence. My starting point is always the unknown. I ask myself ‘What happens if….?’ and set up logical systems to test ideas. It is this testing process that gets me really fired up.’-- Read More -->>

Anne Frost rings.jpg Anne Frost
Mentorship award 2019

‘In my work I am seeking to make forms that are both playful and contemplative. The bursary is allowing me to push this approach to include pieces that will hold water and to make for outdoor settings for the first time.’-- Read More -->>

Diana Barraclough trees.jpg Diana Barraclough
‘All of my inspiration comes from nature most often from the coastline, seabirds and gardens of the west country.’

Diana lives and works in Berkshire but her love of Devon and Cornwall is clear in much of her work; from the totems inspired by landforms and tin mines, to bird baths and pots capturing the magic of the sea and returning choughs, while her tiles are paintings using glazes instead of paint. -- Read More -->>
Dominic Clare Inner whelk.jpg Dominic Clare
‘My art is an emotional response coming from the depths of the unconscious ‘

Dominic communicates through making. His life experiences are combined with cross cultural influences from his birthplace in Ethiopia, and interests in organic structures and the human figure.-- Read More -->>

Giles Penny Man with disc.jpg Giles Penny
‘I don’t like being limited to just one medium, I work on several pieces at once until something is complete. I am driven by the feeling that my next piece of work will be my finest, but when I reflect on my work over the past forty years I’ve found it’s the idea in conjunction with the making that completes the experience.’-- Read More -->>

Helen Sinclair Autumn.jpg Helen Sinclair
‘I live by the sea and collect driftwood, discarded plastic debris and other beach-found ‘stuff’ all of which regularly introduce a new and unexpected vocabulary with which to work.’

Sculpture has been Helen’s livelihood and life for over 30 years and she still considers it an extraordinary privilege to be able to make a living from doing something that she finds so richly fulfilling. ‘Every day, with every piece I make, I find the working process both comfortingly familiar and refreshingly surprising.’-- Read More -->>

Ian Marlow Unfolding.jpg Ian Marlow
‘My earliest years, steeped in the countryside and woods that surround the village where I was born, invested in me an affinity with nature that still inspires and drives my art today’

Ian works in stainless steel, bronze and glass to make both abstract and figurative work, each one being characterised by a wonderfully dynamic strength. -- Read More -->>
James Jones Lovers.jpg James Jones
‘My work explores ideas about unity, opposites and balance, often using combinations of zeros and ones.’

James is a Wiltshire based metal sculptor, predominantly working in stainless steel, who is fascinated by our ever changing notion of consciousness. This is reflected in his repeated use of two basic forms, the numbers zero and one, each precision cut in metal.-- Read More -->>

Jane Muir bird head.jpg Jane Muir
‘All through my career my interest in subject matter changes, and varies from figurative to abstract pieces. I love the works of certain artists such as Elizabeth Frink, Victor Pasmore, David Hockney, Eduaordo Chillida and they continue to have an influence on my pieces, whether it be in the modelling or surface finish and design.’ -- Read More -->>

Jenny Pickford cartwheel.jpg Jenny Pickford
‘Steel is the most versatile of materials, there are no limits of what you can make, anything from a sewing needle to a skyscraper’

Jenny Pickford is a contemporary artist blacksmith designing and making unique sculptures and architectural ironwork.-- Read More -->>

Johannes Von Stumm Arches.jpg Johannes von Stumm
‘It is the spiritual energy of a piece of art which counts and nothing else.’

Johannes has a Diploma in Fine Art from the Academy in Munich. In 2003 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors and from 2009 to 2012 he served as its President. -- Read More -->>

John OConnor Spring.jpg John O'Connor
‘Our emotional state of being is reflected in the physical form.’

John’s work demonstrates this beautifully. An exaggeration of the figure is a recurring theme in John’s work. Blending the physical with the emotional he explores the fabric of his own internal worlds. He approaches his work with an honest and open heart where he can share what he believes to be ‘states of mind that are inherent in us all.’-- Read More -->>

Jon Barrett sheep 4.jpg Jon Barrett-Danes
‘At least five generations of my family have been in ceramics. My father taught ceramics at Cardiff College of Art and worked collaboratively with my mother Ruth. My work draws on their classical vessels which incorporated mythical and imaginary creatures.’-- Read More -->>

Lisi Ashbridge today.jpg Lisi Ashbridge
‘I love the way lettering in stone allows me to make a deeply personal and long lasting sculptural form that expresses a tribute, evokes a memory or simply makes a statement.’

From her studio in the Pewsey Vale, and based on her background in visual recognition, art and design, Lisi uses traditional hand held specialised tools to create a wide range of original and beautifully crafted representational sculptures in stone and slate.-- Read More -->>

Lucy Lutyens Notes in Music II.jpg Lucy Lutyens
‘My home and studio is on a medieval farm near Colchester. I am in awe of the generations who have worked this land since the Bronze Age and feel a great affinity and respect for them all.’

The landscape which surrounds Lucy’s everyday life informs her work. Nature influences the flowing shapes which typically evolve into birdlike or botanical forms pared down into a seemingly simplistic state.-- Read More -->>

Matt Maddocks 1.jpg Matt Maddocks
‘Standing stones are part of our folklore, familiar and yet mysterious. In my work I try to reveal something of the mystery by carving into the stone to reveal an inner beauty that is still in harmony with the outer ruggedness.’
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Mel Fraser angel wing.jpg Mel Fraser
‘Stone expresses the power of nature and the marks she leaves on the earth. I love the way sculpting into it reveals secrets that I can share through what I make.’

From her studio in Cambridge Mel has worked in quarries in Italy and Kilkenny returning home to make both figurative and abstract works. -- Read More -->>
Melissa Cole Landscape ll.jpg Melissa Cole
‘My practice is rooted in the ancient craft of blacksmithing but engages in a more sculptural way embracing modern making methods to create dynamic work as a reaction to moving through the landscape around me’

Melissa is a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths. -- Read More -->>
Michael Fairfax the protector.jpg Michael Fairfax
‘My work reflects the violence of storm ravaged branches, the devastation of lightening and drought, the smell of earth and decay, the freshness of spring and the heady heat of summer.’

Michael works in wood, predominantly responding to public commissions. -- Read More -->>

Michael Speller Nourish.jpg Michael Speller
Urchfont Manor 2009

‘My work with the human form attempts to find a rhythm and balance in our lives, reflecting and realising our imperfections and then counterbalancing them with positivity and support in order to achieve a visual and spiritual equilibrium within ourselves and the world around us.’-- Read More -->>

Penny Hardy acrobats2.jpg Penny Hardy
‘I love the creative process involved in the attempt to freeze in time the extraordinary athleticism and energy of a dancer or the leap of a hare. I always find the challenge at once exciting and completely absorbing!’

Penny has a background in scientific illustration including botanical illustrations for Kew Gardens. -- Read More -->>

Peter Clarke Occelli.jpg Peter Clarke
‘The essence of nature - the patterns, shapes and textures to be found on leaves, bark or seed - provide the inspiration behind the creation of my metal sculptures.’

Peter, a graduate of Camberwell College of Art and Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors, works from a farm-based metal workshop in Kent where he designs his copper and steel sculptures. -- Read More -->>

Peter Hayes_Figure.jpg Peter Hayes
‘ I think it’s the material that is in charge and it will only let you make what it wants. It’s my job to push it to its limits and somehow an equilibrium is made between maker and material.’

Peter’s first love is for Raku fired ceramics. Over many years this interest has been extended through travel in Africa, India, Mexico and Nepal and contacts with local potters. -- Read More -->>

richard sally sentinel V3.jpg Richard Jackson & Sally Fawkes
‘As husband and wife we share our studio. This gives rise to a fairly unique situation where we create our own individual sculptures as well as collaborating to create pieces with a third distinct voice’.

Richard Jackson and Sally Fawkes collaborate in the truest sense of the word with the two of them having input at all stages of the making of a piece. Their individual views and ways of expressing themselves bring a unique synergy to their collaborative artworks.-- Read More -->>

Sara Ingleby Maharani and Uptown Girl.jpg Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie
‘Imagination is everything. It is the preview for life’s coming attractions.’

This quote by Albert Einstein is prescient under the challenges we have all been facing this year.-- Read More -->>

sarah walton A.jpg Sarah Walton
‘My subject is under my feet. Here on a remote spur of the South Downs where I live and work.’

Sarah is a long established potter who has worked in the same studio for over 40 years. -- Read More -->>

Simon Hempsell The Tulip 2.jpg Simon Hempsell
‘My designs are curvaceous and charmingly simple which probably reflects my training as a graphic designer and my strong beliefs in the ‘less is more’ approach, stripping things back to the bare bones.’

Born in Yorkshire Simon studied graphics and photography at Sheffield Polytechnic, moving to the south coast in the 90’s, where for many years he worked as a graphic designer and photographer. -- Read More -->>

Thomas Joynes Radiant.jpg Thomas Joynes
‘I have a passion for abstract form based sculpture which responds to the aesthetics and never ending patterns found in nature. This led me to understand that the stunningly beautiful yet often simple laws that nature follows results in what could most closely be described as perfection within our environment. I see them as synonymous with aesthetic beauty, balance and perfection.’-- Read More -->>

Tobias Ford Woman.jpg Tobias Ford
‘In my work I aim to capture the subtle communicative properties of the human form, I like to exaggerate and play with the fluid lines of the organic form, unifying small fragments like numerous lines in a sketch to build up a tangible figure’

Tobias graduated from Hereford College of the Arts in 2014. Before graduating he exhibited work at Quenington where he also received the Netherton prize for the most promising student. -- Read More -->>

Will Spankie Cell Purbeck stone.jpg Will Spankie
‘I am interested in the geometric structures, patterns, symmetry and proportion found in nature.’

Will works predominantly in wood and stone. He likes their durability, the fact that they are lovely to carve and that in doing so he reveals their innate beauty. His work captures the ambiguity and ephemeral nature of life in the permanence of carved stone. -- Read More -->>

Triple Loop_oli.jpg William Pye
Sorbus, 1969

‘I have always been a keen observer of natural forms and the way they can be combined in sculpture through the creative use of geometry.’

William’s early work was in polished stainless steel. ‘Triple Loop’ shown here dates from the time of the 1969 exhibition and illustrates that particular aspect of his work.-- Read More -->>