This years Brighton Open House festival marks an exciting evolution for me. Sue, my host has persuaded me to bring some of my sculpture along.
So alongside the more familiar range of my Sussex inspired wood engravings, will be a range of my sculptures. This is a first for me, as up until now I have only worked to commission (here's a taste of some recent sculpture) or immediately on completion, burnt my sculpture (more of that madness here)! So for the first time the public will have a chance to buy a piece of my work.
With all my sculptures, they will be created from locally sourced timber. These monliths stand and bear witness to the shifting light and seasons, catching the light and casting shadows, to me they come alive once stood in the daylight. They're all made from durable timbers that should crucially be allowed to weather and slowly decay and change, hence my art is in partnership with the natural world, being acted upon, abstracted and enhanced as it is weathered.
I am getting together with a couple of fellow artists, the last time we were together we were part of the Winner of the Best House Award (2014). We're really looking froward to meeting up again! You'll find us, this year at 91 Lansdowne Place (BN3 1FN). We have a 'Private View' on 29th April 7.30pm. During the evening the artists will donate a 30% of all their takings to 'Cure Parkinson's' who we're really pleased have agreed to become our adopted charity throughout the festival - so please if you can, come along and support the event!
I shall be doing live demonstrations of my wood engraving on Sat. 7th May, Sun 15th May, Sun 22nd May, Sat 28th May.
All the amazing photos in this blog have been taken by my amazing friend Jim Holden, multi award winning photographer - www.jimholden.co.uk