Palaeoscapes 1 March – 27 April 2014


New paintings by Brian Graham, ceramics by Peter Hayes and furniture by Petter Southall. 1 March to 27 April 2014

38. Palaeoscape. Signs of Activity

38. Palaeoscape. Signs of Activity

 To view Brian Graham’s Palaeoscape paintings please click here. Or for Peter Hayes’ ceramics and for Petter Southall furniture.

Fully illustrated catalogues of Brian Graham’s paintings, with a foreword by Annette Ratuszniak, are available at £10 plus £1.50 p&p.

Brian Graham and Peter Hayes Talk: Friday 28th March 7pm followed by dinner at Sladers Yard Licensed Café.  Tickets: £8 / £20 with supper. Phone 01308 459511 to book.

Sladers Yard is proud to show work by three leading exponents of their fields, all of whom explore the imperfections, the found, the archaeological evidence, the effects of weather, time, fire, steam, water and ice on their media be it paint, clay, copper or wood.

14. Large Palaeoscape. Scattered Evidence

14. Large Palaeoscape. Scattered Evidence

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. More…

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. More…

Spoke chair web 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. More…

All three have work in public and private collections and have contributed work to national museums and galleries. 

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