Margam Park and Castle

Every now and again I promise myself that I’m going to get out and sketch, and that’s exactly what I did a few weeks ago at Margam Park.  Whilst I was there, I also pinned down some of remaining detail leading up to my new exhibition that opens next week at the Park.  Entitled Steel In Nature, it is a celebration of a 10-year relationship with the wonderful deer at the park and a few surprise pieces for the Castle’s classic gardens as well!

IMG_9774The preliminary sketches at last years exhibition got such a good response that I added some new ones to this years collection at Workshop Wales Gallery.IMG_9770

Raven

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Occasionally, some pieces represent more than just the immediate subject matter I am trying to portray.  The Raven I’ve recently completed has just joined the collection at the Workshop Wales Gallery.

Out of the many steel objects that make up the sculpture, it would be hard to find one that hadn’t come from my good friend Collin Hill from Tools for Self Reliance.

From time to time when I am able to, I help the voluntary group who collect and recondition unwanted tools & sewing machines, which go to Tools for Self Reliance projects in Africa & community groups here in Wales.

Collin [being someone who is of a good green nature!] was happy to find that the tools that couldn’t be fixed for practical use, could find a new place in art.

You can get their details on their Facebook page here.

Motion

My latest sculpture Motion has the largest scale horse head I have made to date.

I first took on the subject of horses ten years ago when I was commissioned to make Spirits of the Race for the Ffos Las racecourse, and have returned to this rich subject many times since.

Refining the equine aspects of a sculpture on this scale pushed my knowledge and ability.  Continuing to work with Lucy at Forest Stables however, helped me to succeed and further develop in this area and my thanks go out to her.

It was also great to have been able to use some of the gems that my good friend Mike has brought me in the past.  Gears and teeth from his digger can be found amongst the many other objects that fuse together to create the form.

The sculpture has been put on show at the workshop Wales gallery.

Argoed Autos

It’s an amazing thing to breathe life into something that is beyond repair.  When I [regularly!] get a call from Chris or Jim up at Argoed Motors in the local village of Tumble, it’s normally to collect something worthwhile.  When I cracked open a defunct gearbox recently, I was presented with some real gems!   They’ve been ear-marked for something special already.  My thanks goes out to Jim and Chris for their years of support.

You can get their details on their Facebook page here.