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Sarah Spackman's work is distinguished by a strength of drawing, together with a delicate and subtle use of colour. Sarah has become particularly well known for her still-life paintings. She works in a quiet considered way applying the principle that good drawing is the basis of good painting. Sarah uses colour to enhance the organisation and definition of observed form. Sarah considers the setting up of a still life a crucial part of the process: focusing on the objects themselves, everyday objects that are often looked at but not seen, how they relate to each other and the space in which they sit. When painting Sarah pursues the development of these relationships through constantly looking, contemplating, redrawing and colour adjusting.
Sarah studied at Byam Shaw School of Art and Camberwell School of Art in 1970s and 80s and is now internationally recognised for her work. She won the Winsor and Newton Young Artists Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition is a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. She is the winner of the Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize.
Sarah says: I am often inspired by the specific beauty of an organic form be it a nasturtium picked from the allotment or a particularly handsome fig at the market. My way of expressing my response to these objects is through drawing and painting.
Sarah's work will be shown with still life glass maestro Elliot Walker, associated with the London Glassblowing Studios.
Elliot is one of a handful of glassblowers in the world who focus solely on figurative sculpture. Sculpting in molten glass is known as the Messello technique, and working this way requires extreme dexterity, speed and precise temperature control. He chooses to sculpt in glass mainly for the material's immediacy and transparency and for the intensity of the sculpting experience.
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Highly talented glassmaker Elliot Walker has been working with glass for over five years and recently graduated from a Masters degree in Applied Arts from Wolverhampton University.Elliot is one of a handful of glassblowers in the world who focus solely on figurative sculpture. Sculpting in molten glass is known as the Messello technique, and working this way requires extreme dexterity, speed and precise temperature control.
Elliot chooses to sculpt in glass mainly for the material's immediacy and transparency and for the intensity of the sculpting experience.
The process itself is very physically and mentally challenging. Once you begin a piece you have to see it through to the end in one session. You are exposed to temperatures of over 1000 degrees and the process of coaxing a complex form out of the liquid glass is unlike working with any other material. The pieces are not cast, carved or ground into shape, but modelled from a cooling liquid so that until the very last second the sculpture is a moving living entity, frozen in time as the glass sets.
He has been awarded the Frederic Stuart memorial fund by the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers and his work is represented in the Broadfield House Museum collection.
He has exhibited widely throughout the UK and is also a member of a glassblowing demonstration/performance team, called The Bandits of Glass, who regularly perform at events around the country.
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