We welcome six outstanding new sculptors to the gallery this summer. Benji Lowsley-Williams uses Purbeck stone quarried from the cliffs close to his Dorset home. These works respect the raw form of the sculpture while exploiting its inner beauty. He creates spatial forms which dramatically exploit the sun and shadows, pieces which transform a garden with their silent presence and reference to ritualistic objects.
Also a carver, Gabriele Risso’s work is a mediation on the still-life form. They have similarities to icons or altars in their sense of concentrated stillness and reflection. His reliefs could enhance a quiet corner of a garden or interior.
Ann Civardi’s exquisite forms are carved in luminescent alabaster, inspired by the shells of her South African childhood, while Luke Dickinson’s sculptures develop organically, themes reappear, the stone leading the process. They hint at duality: fluidity within weightiness, ancient forms within the contemporary, specifics within wider questions.
Lucy Lutyens, the great niece of Sir Edwin, models her work in plaster casting in bronze or resin and her graceful, fluid forms reflect her interest in music and the ancient settlements around her home. The works relate to personal movements as well as musical ones: the operatics of motherhood, the arpeggios of relationships.
Jill Berelowitz is best known for her larger scale public commissions. Here we cast light on some of her more personal intimate works which have not been exhibited in public before.
Three new artists swell the ranks of our gallery stable. Sam Rudd is a landscape artist but with an innovative outlook based on her previous experience as an illustrator. She creates dynamic sketches of the views around her homes in Cheshire and North Wales. From the flux of woodland and field patterns to the ebb and flow of estuaries and sandy bays. These charismatic sketches translate into her paintings losing none of the freshness and energy of her original studies. Amy Shuckburgh‘s work for this show recreates a world of motherhood that is raw and truthful, challenging the traditional male gaze. They observe a private domestic realm where women are strong and yet frequently vulnerable and ignored. Sigrid Muller’s exquisite paintings are works of tension, precision and reverence. She is drawn to things of fragility and tenderness, breathing life into them with each stroke of the pencil. Through her creations such objects are fortified and protected, capturing the taught precipice of beauty.