Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Commission by Yorkshire Sculpture Park - Art without Walls
40 years ago a breezy hillside in West Yorkshire became Britain’s first dedicated sculpture park. The labour of love of one art school teacher, Peter Murray, the park is now home to works by talents such as Anthony Gormley Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. Midway between Wakefield, Huddersfield and Barnsley, Britain’s first and finest sculpture park has become one of the most influential artistic ventures in the U.K.
Invited to the artist residence Gatehouse during early autumn. I spent a few weeks at the park focusing on the the more iconic works keeping in mind the concept of 'Art without Walls'. The shifting conditions on the park meant each day gave a new story to the static sculpture.
YSP has staged big shows by Moore and Hepworth, but its focus has always been on the present, not the past. Newer names like Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy have exhibited alongside historic figures like Joan Miro and Max Ernst. YSP has never had the money to buy artworks, but a lot of artists have given sculptures, or left them here as long term loans.
The list of artists who’ve shown here reads like a Who’s Who of modern sculpture – not just British greats like Anthony Caro, Elisabeth Frink and Eduardo Paolozzi, but international stars as well, from Eduardo Chillida to Ai Weiwei.
Commissioned portrait of Artist Marc Quinn
In a recent interview with The Telegraph Marc Quinn stated his position on success - “but it’s difficult to work when you haven’t got any money to buy materials… Looking back I’m amazed I didn’t say f--- this, and get a proper job, but I’m single-minded, and that’s one of the things you need to succeed; to just get on with it.” Easily the most notorious of all the Young British Artists, Marc Quinn is famous for his investigations of the human form and psyche, as well as the use of unconventional materials.
We met Marc at his Clerkenwell studio at around 10am to make a portrait for a charity project. It was supposed to 15 minutes....we were all able to relax and crafted out good portraiture session saying our good byes just before lunch. Thank you Marc!
Commission for Volkswagen Golf for Deutsch LA - You Can't Fake Fast
Working with some very extremely talented people from LA. Erwin Federizo, Will Taylor, Cara Nieto, Swen Carlin and Anastasia Arten. We found ourselves on what must have been the noisiest street corner in Downtown LA, surround by hustle and bustle to eventually find some stillness in the darkening LA twilight.
Commission for Tourism Victoria, Australia.
As if we need as excuse to leave the city? Working with Gretchen Geraets to form sculpture from local materials, we concluded a wonderful project with these three pictures taking in Wilsons Promontory, Tarra Bulga and The Gippsland Lakes.
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