Brian Graham and Peter Hayes Talk: Friday 28th March followed by dinner at Sladers Yard Licensed Café. Tickets: £8 / £20 with supper. Phone 01308 459511 to book.
Brian Graham new paintings, Peter Hayes ceramics and Petter Southall furniture will be at Sladers Yard from 1 March to 27 April 2014. Sladers Yard is proud to show work by three leading exponents of their fields, all of whom explore the imperfections, the found, the evidence of life, the effects of weather, time, fire, steam, water and ice on their media be it archaeological evidence, paint, clay, copper or wood.
At first glance, Brian Graham’s paintings read as deeply satisfying textured abstract compositions in thrilling combinations of earth colours. Behind them however lies a profound fascination with and empathy for our earliest forebears and the places where they have left traces of their lives. Bringing his artist’s imagination to the knowledge derived from the latest science of palaeontology, Brian Graham reaches back in time to mankind’s early development, where stone tools, art and tantalising fragments of activity give glimpses of our ancient past, in paintings that still resonate strongly with core parts of our modern minds.
Everything about Peter Hayes and his work vibrates with life and enthusiasm. He has travelled and lived abroad in Africa, India, Japan and Korea. Everywhere he has been he has watched the local craftspeople, picked up ideas and brought them to bear in his ceramic sculptures. ‘I quite like to have some fun with my work,’ he says, showing how he submerges his pieces tied to posts in the River Avon outside his Bath workshop, in order that he can forget them and then find them again years later and see what effects time and water have had. Other ceramics may be smashed and glued back together with a copper enamel before being ground smooth and left outside so the verdigris can take effect. Part of the year he is working with a studio in India where they make ground glass or marble discs and monoliths which he mounts on metal and ceramic bases. His forms, vessels and figures are timeless, strong and simple, his surfaces textured, burnished and weathered.
Petter Southall’s furniture resounds with the echoes of boat forms. From his beginnings as a traditional Norwegian boatbuilder, making boats to designs perfected by the Vikings, through his training in cabinetmaking in California and in sustainable design at Hooke Park College in Dorset, Petter’s work has incorporated streamlined components which he steam bends from solid timber. Using natural materials and finishes and as little glue as possible, he creates furniture that is practical, beautiful and built to last the test of time.
All three have work in public and private collections and have contributed work to national museums and galleries.