The Natural Eye runs from 24th October to 3rd November 2019 and is held at the prestigious Mall Galleries, London. The exhibition shows the very best of art inspired by the natural world and includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and artist’s original prints. It’s a fantastic mix of excellent work and well worth a visit. Work exhibited at the show is available for sale via the Mall Galleries website.
The largest sculpture that I have created for the show this year is Doe Hoe Roe, a life sized female roe deer. I tried to use large tools for key parts of the sculpture such as the big g-clamps and sickles in the body. I used a couple of hoes, most notably in the back end, and could not resist the terrible title of the piece.
This year I have been looking at swifts and have made three different flying swifts. They are such amazing birds and I am so happy that we have some nesting in special swift boxes on the house. I was lucky enough to see a hobby over the house quite regularly this summer, so I decided to try and make a hobby in flight. All four sculptures relied heavily on sickles for the structure. I think I used 15 in total across all four sculptures.
I enjoyed making Spoon Backed Egret. It was satisfying to get the bird balanced whilst capturing the movement. I found an old silver plated salad spoon which worked perfectly in the back but obviously I could not weld the silver, instead I used a nail to keep it in place which I then welded onto the sculpture.