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Outdoor Blues

Interiors of homes, offices, hotels and yachts are the usual destination for my sculptures but many of the larger pieces are equally suited to outdoor life.

Some outdoor sculptures are mounted on weathering steel columns adding colour and texture to the piece.

Alternatively, these sculptures can be purchased separately to install on a collector's own plinth or an indoor base.

The blue of the sculptures complements and brings new dimensions to outdoor space. Summer is a time when my works appear in outdoor sculpture exhibitions. Please contact me for details of current and planned exhibitions featuring outdoor sculptures. You can find the full list of my 2017 exhibitions right here.

 

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Not Everything is Blue

Darren Cone 315 no 21Once upon a time, everything was blue or green.

Patination of bronze is a unique art form. Achieving specific colours takes time and perfection. Blue and green are the colours most easily achieved in patinating bronze - blue also happens to be a favourite colour of mine.

The mottled sand colours that I have created are, I believe, unique and vary from very pale to quite dark, just like sand is different on every beach. I often use them in conjunction with blue for a striking effect.

Other colours can be achieved by colour washing or painting to create new dimensions to my work, the lightness of colour being in stark contrast to their surprisingly heavy sand cast form.

My studio series are available from selected galleries across the UK or contact me directly to find out about available work or to know where work can be seen and touched.

 

 

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A Busy Spring

April and May are always busy months and there are lots of opportunities to see my pieces across the UK and Europe.

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The Decorative Fair in Battersea Park draws to a close this weekend.  I am represented by Alston & Ashton, who have a number of my sculptures in their exhibit.

In May The Mayne Gallery will be showing my work at the new Fresh Art Fair at Cheltenham Racecourse from the 12 - 14th.  


Over the same weekend, Degree Art exhibit my work at The Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead.

Throughout the entire month of May there is an opportunity to see examples of both my outdoor and indoor work at Delamore Arts in Devon.

In Europe Folly & Muse are at Art & Antiques Salzburg from 8th to 17th April and have my sculptures on their stand.  

Later in the April (28th to 30th), Galeria Gaudi from Madrid will show my work at Kölner Liste in Cologne.  I have free tickets available for the 27th and 28th April - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.me for details.
 

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Folly and Muse return to Germany in Munich to show my work at Art Muc from 25th to 28th May.

It's a busy spring!

Details of all exhibitions throughout the year are listed here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Togetherness

Together Now 2 of 8With less than a month before Valentine's Day, it is apt to showcase some pieces that explore deep connection.

Each of these pieces is currently available for sale. Please contact me for more details.

Left:  Together Now. Below:  The Two of Us

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Beyond Open Space

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Architerior Magazine interviewed me recently to find out about my journey to becoming a sculptor, the sources of my inspiration and how I create my sculptures. 

The full article can be read here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring Colour & Texture over Time

Lunar RollerbowlMy Studio series are an ongoing exploration of colour and texture. Working with the same shape over many years, each piece is a unique variation that reflects changing techniques, seasons and moods.

At this time of year, many pieces are bought as Christmas gifts. Indeed year round they are bought to mark special occasions and landmark events or simply because they bring so much pleasure to the owner.

Working with the same pattern the shape remains the same but each individual piece is uniquely finished. The series is not limited to a set number of pieces as no two are ever the same.

Every sculpture has unique characteristics and is signed and numbered to reflect the diversity and evidence of making by hand.

Tremenna III only make one or two at a time using whatever techniques and finishes are current. As a result, each sculpture has up to date one-off qualities that are never repeated as each piece takes on many changes.

I stop making a piece when I can add nothing more, for some reason it ceases to intrigue me or the pattern breaks. I specialise in using castings made in sand moulds. Although it has many advantages it does require a pattern that may be used time and again and is vulnerable to ordeals in the sand-casting foundry.

The Studio Series has been completely updated on my website featuring all currently available pieces.  

 

What's in a Name

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Titles sometimes give a clue to the inspiration behind a sculpture, at others times the title is obscure with little or nothing to do with a piece that has it's roots in an abstract idea. But at all times the ambiguity allows the spectator to form their own interpretation and add a new dimension to the work

There are currently five variations in the Acanto series, all of which are on my Facebook page. Asymmetry and free rotation on the base allows many different views to be chosen.

The uniting strand of each sculpture is the breaking of the patinated surface to expose the inherent beauty of natural bronze.

Always a little unpredictable patination is a mixture of control and chance but the transformation of the bronze surface is always magical.

All my sculptures start in sand moulds which imposes a degree of simplicity that is disciplinary and enriching.

Although I have concentrated on the purely material qualities of bronze capable of being wrought into a physical object it does have reproductive qualities. Sand can reproduce very fine textures that are beginning to find a place in my work. 

Transience, Sparrow Hawks & Permanence

C1 400pEach morning I walk my dogs up our very quiet lane. There is little traffic and few machines. Just sounds of the countryside, birds most of all and the occasional sheep.

Turning back towards home I face the Black Mountains. They rise about a mile in the distance and as the half-light yields to the day the skyline reveals the Darrens, a fascinating mixture of rocks, indents and a commanding outcrop. To the north lies the inimitable silhouette of Black Hill, made so famous by Bruce Chatwin.

The light never repeats itself so the view is never the same. In the early morning the excitement of light and shade in all its subtleties is mixed with the drama of substance. The light plays with the surface exposing things I've never noticed, shapes I've never seen.

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Nearer home the fields rise up from the Monnow valley and the hedge lines and pasture shapes curve and curl, constantly inspiring me. But it's under my feet where the least obvious and yet most provoking and challenging shapes and textures catch my attention.

Water runs silently over the tarmac after rain, causing rippling over mud, stick or leaf. Shapes growing and changing as I watch.

Occasionally the farmers drop hay or straw and the strands organise themselves into unique and wonderful patterns. And tractors sometimes leak, creating swirling patterns of petrol lustre as the fuel or oil drops.

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But amazing shapes can emerge from the marks left by birds, etched distinctly on the black tarmac. And flying low above the road the Sparrow Hawk sketches the most extraordinary kinetic outlines.

Each morning is a privilege. And later I get to work, moving those shapes, tones and textures into the permanence of bronze.

Nature Mimics Art

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Creating precise patination on bronze takes considerable skill and expertise but it is far from an exact process - temperature, humidity and the raw materials can all influence the final result.  It is endlessly fascinating to watch the colour take shape and add to the piece.

Fastnet is a recent sculpture that proves just how surprising patination can be.  The mix of colours and patterns add depth and contrast to the shapes but their creation was something of a happy accident.  

A little while ago I discovered a cave in Cornwall that was covered in extraordinary colours where the minerals had interacted with the sea air and water.  Nature is an enormous inspiration for my art but on this occasion it was only when photographing Fastnet that the connection became apparent - nature had mimicked art.  

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Inside Out

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My sculpture has gone outdoors.  Another Season is one of my new range of bronze sculptures specifically designed for to be enjoyed in open spaces.    

This particular piece freely rotates on its weathering steel base allowing you to capture different angles and views as the seasons and weather change.

A number of new outdoor sculptures can now be seen on my website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Question of Direction

 Home or Away

Home or Away

 

The same view from different angles often changes the emotions felt. Our direction of travel and our frame of mind evoke different sensations and perspectives - what we see and how we interpret it adjust accordingly.  


The two pieces of patinated bronze are separated by a small gap and sit on a polished oak base.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting & Patination

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Painting of bronze is a tradition going back thousands of years but I have been using this technique only very recently to contrast with patination.  

Onset is a recent piece that rotates on a scorched oak base.  The two sides are completely different.  

The reverse features a fine bronze relief pattern which is polished and lacquered.  The reverse can be seen on my Facebook page.  The front features a contrasting raised pattern in bronze, which is painted rather than patinated, against an oxidised background enhanced with acrylic colour washes.  

This sculpture is included in "Environment Absorbed" at the Oil & Water Contemporary Art Gallery in London from 21st May until 14th June.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spark of Consciousness

Strada III 580BThe seed of an idea can linger unconsciously in the mind, sometimes for years.  

Chance findings can create the spark that brings that idea into full consciousness.  

In the case of Strada III, looking down at the right moment, I came upon an extraordinary stone in Cornwall  which brought a long lingering concept into reality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feast & Famine

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Feast & Famine is a new sculpture that I have just finished and is from an edition of seven variations, each featuring differing patination or bases.  

 

The piece freely rotates on the Tiger Oak base.  It features different designs on each side.  The other side of the sculpture can be seen on my Facebook page.

 

The viewer can decide which side is feast and which side is famine. 

 

News

Prostock II 400My trips to Cornwall are times of great inspiration.  Walking along the beaches, I am endlessly inspired by the natural forms of sea eroded pebbles and stones. 

Naturally abraded stones form the basis of the Beach Song series already comprising 15 individual pieces.

Balancing stones on top of one another is a preoccupation and a challenge that never tires.  Pieces of highly polished bronze are balanced on - or even topping off - these wonderful forms.  The contrast between the natural and highly worked is intriguing and shows the simple beauty of both. 

Achieving the right relationship between the stone and the bronze is exceptionally difficult but equally rewarding when it is right. 

 

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