Shaping the Future
PUBLISHED: 11:59 28 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:59 28 October 2014
Sculpt Gallery near Great Braxted is shining a spotlight on talented, emerging Essex artists. Caroline Foster learns more of the gallery's latest exhibitions
Great Braxted’s Sculpt Gallery has always treasured the work of talented local artists, and sculptors in particular. The gallery’s latest Shaping the Future exhibition, which runs until October 25, was curated by gallery director, Debra Blik, and showcases sculpture by two local artists, Lucy Lutyens and Simon Bacon, both of whom work in foundry cast bronze.
Lucy Lutyens, a descendant of the renowned architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, graduated from Colchester School of Art as a mature student in 2006 and then spent time honing her skills as a pupil of Miles Robinson in Suffolk. Lucy lives and works on a medieval farm and finds inspiration in her immediate landscape and the history of the tribal clans who have worked the land since the Bronze Age. Her fluid sculptures are often derived from abstracted female or bird forms and found objects.
Simon Bacon works from his studio in Wivenhoe, having graduated from Colchester School of Art in 2013 with an MA in Sculptural Practice. His work is influenced by more than 20 years as an osteopath and four years research in psychology, giving him a unique understanding of the body and its emotional states. His sculptures symbolise themes such as body and mind, consciousness, transcendence, healing and transformation.
Simon explains: ‘The eroded and fragmented surfaces of my sculptures represent the boundaries that exist between the inner and outer self. The element of chance that occurs during the traditional lost wax method of casting bronze is something that I embrace as an integral part of the finished work because the flashings and risers, which are usually removed, reveal the making narrative and reference the human skeletal structure and psyche.’
This November, Sculpt Gallery will once again open its doors to two more talented Colchester-based artists as part of its Frosted Earth exhibition. In celebration of contemporary British glass, works of art by Caroline Moiret and Elena Fleury-Rojo will feature alongside three other talented artists.
Caroline, who studied glass and fine art at Colchester Institute and has a BA in Art and Design, has exhibited her works right across the region including at Pardon Mill in Harlow, The Minories at Colchester, Caxton Books & Gallery in Frinton and the Benham Gallery in Colchester. She has also exhibited across East Anglia including at Lavenham, Bury St Edmunds, Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh and at Snape Maltings.
Elena is known for her glass blowing and flameworking, to produce an amazing range of unique works of hand-blown sculptures and quirky glass beads. Elena’s training has seen her travel the globe to study and work including an internship in Belgium and being an assistant at Lava Glass in New Zealand. Closer to home, Elena has exhibited at Layer Marney Tower and the Minories, plus the Naze Tower at Walton on the Naze, Les Livres Gallery in Colchester Library and Sprung Sculpt Gallery at RHS Garden Hyde Hall near Chelmsford.
Debra adds: ‘We are delighted to have both these Colchester-based artists exhibiting as part of our Frosted Earth November exhibition, and look forward to seeing their works alongside the other exhibiting artists.’
Sculpt Gallery’s Frosted Earth exhibition runs from November 1 until November 30 and is open on Saturdays from 11am to 4pm and at other times by prior arrangement. For further information please visit the website www.sculptgallery.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.