‘THE POWER OF NATURE IN ART to move you’ is presented by Guilded as an online-only exhibition exclusively at ARTSY.NET from 21/5/2018 to 14/06/2018.
This group show gathers in new works from Guilded’s cohort of artists who draw on traditions of craftsmanship to create aesthetically innovative work across the fine and decorative arts.
Nature has inspired artists through the millennia and its many forms are represented in all manner of iconography and media. This show explores how nature in art, both literal and metaphorical, can becalm, energise, heal and stimulate both mind and spirit.
The ‘eye’ of Guilded founder, Charlotte Bowater, has long been drawn by artistic reference to nature’s elements whether these be representational or literal in a material sense. What sets her apart from other gallerists is her eye for artists who, inspired by an idea, work with materials or develop techniques in unique ways to create work of extraordinary power and atmosphere.
Whether miniature sculptures of monumental landscapes or nature’s tiniest details represented as monumental sculpture, from tufted textiles to pinned paper based art, the artists each engage their various skills and material to deliver work of immense power. Powerful work, though, is not so because it is always monumental. Much of the work in this exhibition has something of an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ quality - a tiny sculpture opens up a vast landscape in your mind’s eye, a flowing shellwork reflecting natural light refreshes us, a wall hanging representing in abstract a murmuration of birds lifts up our spirit.
The importance of conneciton to nature for the human spirit is more relevant than ever, it is not unusual to read of new architecture aiming ‘bringing the outside in’. This exhibition presents you with an opportunity to achieve this through art, to create still spaces, to set an atmospheric tone in a room, to have a foil to busy lives.
Daniel Byrne (paper based explorations of creatures in mass groupings)
Anne Curry (monumental sculptures of seeds and unfurling leaves and flowers)
Kari Furre (fish leather objects and vessels)
Anna Gravelle (embroidered and tufted textile art)
Blott Kerr Wilson (shellwork)
James Ogilvy (landscape photography)
Tom Palmer (multi-discplinary fine and decorative art drawing on natural influence)
Joel Parkes (sculptures of wood combined with precious metals)
Jayne Walker (cast and carved plaster sculptures of land formations)
Further information on all artists and Guilded from Charlotte Bowater at Guilded.