This festive exhibition showcases a host of Pangolin London artists with an eclectic and vibrant collection of sculpture and works on paper. Offering modern and contemporary works at affordable prices, this is the perfect opportunity to pick up that extra special gift in time for Christmas. Prices start at £60.
Including: Anthony Abrahams, David Bailey, Jon Buck, Halima Cassell, Ann Christopher, Geoffrey Clarke, Michael Cooper, Terence Coventry, Abigail Fallis, Jonathan Kenworthy, Briony Marshall, Charlotte Mayer, Peter Randall-Page, Merete Rasmussen, Almuth Tebbenhoff, William Tucker, Jason Wason and many more.
Anthony Abrahams is a figurative sculptor working in the tradition of modern masters such as Armitage, Butler, Chadwick, Frink and Meadows. The exaggeration of some features and the repression of others, unified by formal and textural qualities, give his sculpture a personal and expressive quality. Abrahams’ work is held in private collections in the U.K., U.S.A. and Europe and he has a number of works on show at the Cass Sculpture Foundation at Good wood. His most recent major work Ozymandias can be seen on the canal side at Kings Place and was specially commissioned for the building.
David Bailey, the world renowned photographer, is better known for his iconic portraits of famous figures such as Mick Jagger and the Kray brothers than for his sculptural enterprises. Bailey began his career in 1959 as a photographic assistant at the John French studio before being contracted as a fashion photographer for Vogue magazine in 1960. Ever since then he has worked prolifically within the world of celebrity media and in collaboration with numerous magazines and newspapers and has recently done a series of portraits of well known figures on the British Art scene for GQ.
Jon Buck’s lively human, bird and animal sculptures look back to a time when animal monuments were worshipped, and explore the human need for cultural icons. Eschewing fashion from the start of his career, Jon Buck has pursued his own interests in primitivism and the links between the physical processes of ‘making’ and the emotional and psychological content of his compositions. Indeed Buck likes to think of his sculptures as acting as intercessors between our contemporary intellectual selves and a more ancient, unconscious self that connects with our primitive, fundamental nature.
Halima Cassell was born in Pakistan and brought up in Manchester. Now living and working in Lancashire, Cassell’s work fuses her diverse cultural roots with a fascination for African pattern work and a passion for architectural geometry. Combining strong geometric elements with recurrent patterns and architectural principles, Cassell’s work utilises definite lines and dramatic angles giving the work an astonishing sense of movement. Halima concentrates on simple forms as the basis of her work maximising complex surface pattern in combination with heavily contrasting contours. This approach creates the compelling drama and playful dynamism that characterises her work.
Ann Christopher studied at Harrow School of Art from 1965 to 1966 then went on to the West of England College of Art from 1966 to 1969. Christopher’s first solo exhibition was held at the Mignon Gallery, Bath in 1969. Subsequent solo exhibitions were held throughout the 1970s and in 1989 she was given a retrospective of work produced between 1969 and 1989 at the Dorset County Museum and Art Gallery. Christopher has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions from 1969, both nationally and internationally. Much of Christopher’s work is from commissions, both public and private.
Geoffrey Clarke studied at Preston School of Art, Manchester School of Art and Lancaster and Morecambe School of Arts and Crafts before finally attending the Royal College of Art in 1948 to 1952. Clarke originally enrolled at the RCA on the Graphic Design course but soon transferred to the Stained Glass department. This graphic tendency combined with an ability to devote his skill to different materials shaped his ongoing artistic development.
Born in Dublin, Michael Cooper studied at Heatherley’s School of Art between 1969 and 1971, and then under Anthony Grey. Working in a variety of different mediums including marble, stone and bronze it is the nature of the material that lends itself to Cooper’s flowing harmonies of surface and so seductively suggests the power and grace of the natural world.
Terence Coventry’s talent was recognised from a young age and he gained early admittance to Stourbridge School of Art, where he was taught by Keith Leonard, who later became Hepworth’s assistant. Coventry went on to study at the Royal College of Art, however his frustration after his request to change from the painting to sculpture course led him to leave London and find his second career as a farmer on the Cornish coast. Subjugating his natural talent and artistic ability for long hours on tractors, complete sculptural images repeatedly formed in Coventry’s mind. Eventually, these thoughts erupted into three dimensions, unencumbered by fashion or trend, to create sculptures that are intimately personal.
Abigail Fallis was born in London, England in 1968. She studied silversmithing and metalwork at Camberwell College of Art. Fallis is a skilled metalworker and has always been concerned with transforming surfaces and the process of making. She experiments with diverse materials including papier mache, fish skeletons, neon and bronze. Fallis is fundamentally interested in topical issues that affect our daily lives Her work is characterised by her quirky sense of humour, coupled with powerful messages on the environment and our consumerism-led society.
Jonathan Kenworthy was born in wartime Britain and started sculpture at the Royal College of Art aged eleven, going on to later study at the Royal Academy Schools. There, he won ten scholarships and became the youngest student to ever win the Gold Medal; this in 1965, the same year as his first exhibition in London’s West End. Kenworthy’s early success allowed him the freedom to develop his art at his own pace. He creates movement with bold, abstract applications of clay, giving the broadly figurative themes a distinctive vigour and life, and punctuates this through refined touches and delicate detail. The images he has created have brought a fresh new approach and eye to sculpture and to bronze. Consequently, Kenworthy has an international following of private collectors, dealers and artists alike. In a career stretching over fifty years he has pursued his personal view with travel to the wild and remote areas of Africa and Asia, where he finds his subjects.
Briony Marshall initially studied Biochemistry at Oxford University before becoming a professional sculptor and her fascination in trying to understand the building blocks of life has, and continues to, inform her practice. Inspired by a range of complex theories and concepts Marshall seeks to explore the place of the human in the context of scientific doctrine.
Charlotte Mayer’s family came from Prague, moving over to England in 1939. She studied at Goldsmith’s College at the young age of 16, and then went onto the Royal College of Art, where she was taught by Frank Dobson. Her early sculpture was primarily figurative and carved from stone. After a visit to New York in 1967, Mayer experimented with welded steel having been inspired by the scale and architecture of the buildings.
Peter Randall-Page was born in Essex in 1954 and studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art from 1973-77. After art college he moved to London and spent a year working with the sculptor Barry Flanagan whose poeticism during a time of strict minimalism greatly appealed to Randall-Page. During this time he was encouraged to begin to explore the qualities of carving in stone. The simple concept behind carving particularly appealed to Randall-Page who felt that constructing things was a far more staccato and self-conscious method of making.
Merete Rasmussen was born in Copenhagen and brought up in Sweden. Returning to Denmark to study at the Designskolen Kolding she was inspired by the iconic designs of fellow Danes, Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton. During her studies she travelled widely with the sculptural sand dunes of Namibia having a particularly potent effect. Talking about the wider interests in her work Merete says: "I am interested in the way one defines and comprehends space through physical form. My shapes can represent an idea of a captured movement, as a flowing form stretching or curling around itself, or the idea can derive from repeated natural forms or even complex mathematical constructions. Different form expressions appeal to me and results in my continuous exploration with many different variations: soft but precise curves, sharp edges, concave surfaces shifting to convex; the discovery and strength of an inner or negative space. I am intrigued by the idea of a continuous surface, for example with one connected edge running through an entire form."
Almuth Tebbenhoff is inspired by process and particularly enjoys the way objects of beauty and intrigue can emerge from a noisy session of cutting and welding steel, or from a quieter but no less messy afternoon pushing and pummeling wet clay.
William Tucker was born in Cairo in 1935 and moved to England with his family in 1937. He studied history at Oxford University and during this time attended classes at the Ruskin School of Drawing, along with R B Kitaj. Between 1958-60 he studied sculpture at St Martin’s Schools of Art under the maverick leadership of Frank Martin and Anthony Caro. Fellow students included David Annesley, Phillip King and Isaac Witkin, all of whom were included in the influential New Generation exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in 1965.
Jason Wason has always retained a strong independence. He is essentially a self-taught artist, rather than a product of the art college system. From a young age he travelled the world and experienced a multitude of cultures - the Balkans, the middle East and Asia. Indeed, it was his skill as a craftsman which supported these travels, and he learnt various local practices whilst also exporting local jewellery.
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London N1 9AG United Kingdom
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Monday - Saturday
From 10am to 6pm
- Anthony Abrahams, Leaning Bronze
- David Bailey, Comfortable Skull, Sterling Silver, image courtesy of the artist/Camera Eye studio
- Jon Buck, Inner Man, Bronze