Approved: 16.08.2006

Alistair Lambert

Artist, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

My work plays at the edge of geometric abstraction.
The sculptures often develop patterns of repeated forms in space, but are rarely regular or predictable. Certain arrangements crystallise into resonant forms, like images brought into sharp focus. Other readings emerge through a more physical response to the work. Like offshoots from architecture, many recent constructions are completed by the presence

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Primary education, Secondary education, Special needs education, Residencies, Workshops, Public art, Commissioning
  • Categories: Education project, Project, Architecture, Ceramics, Installation, Participatory, Public Art, Sculpture, Woodwork
  • Tags: schools, sculpture, commission, installation, ceramic, arts Week, collaborative, participation, primary school, PRU
 

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    Biography

    My work plays at the edge of geometric abstraction.
    The sculptures often develop patterns of repeated forms in space, but are rarely regular or predictable. Certain arrangements crystallise into resonant forms, like images brought into sharp focus. Other readings emerge through a more physical response to the work. Like offshoots from architecture, many recent constructions are completed by the presence of people: pausing, moving through, sitting or playing on the work. Like pieces in a puzzle, playfully shifted, the sculptures consolidate specific permutations whilst suggesting infinite variations. 'Tangram Playscape' is a sculptural environment that develops the possibilities suggested by a particular geometric puzzle. Transformations of the pieces suggest a castle in one arrangement and a giant fish in another. In 'Deuddeg' slate triangles fan out like cascading water, and in 'Open Circle' cylinders and circles resemble marble columns or standing stones.Influences Ancient and modern architecture: temples, towers, ruins, building sites. Islamic pattern, brickwork, tessellation. The golden section, natural structures and patterns of growth. Solid geometry, chaos theory, and fractals. Toys and puzzles, folding chairs and old cameras The Bauhaus, Carl Andre, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, D'Arcy Thompson.Career path Qualifications: Chelsea School of Art (BA) 1985-88 Royal College of Art (MA) 1988-90 Training for Artists in Schools, A Dip Art in professional studies, Institute of Education 1998. 3D computer graphics, City and Guilds, Barnet College, 2001 Residencies in London Schools and workshops in the healthcare sector Sessional tutor, Surrey Institute of Art and Design Chelsea and Westminster Adult Education (foundation tutor) Commissioned since 1985 with an increased output and scale of public artworks since 2000. Now full time artist, working from purpose built studio in North Kensington. Clients include: The London Boroughs of Brent, Kensington and Chelsea Groundwork West London The Bank of Scotland Metropolitan Housing Trust LSI Architects, Norwich Mark Walker Landscape Architects Property partnerships Plc. Bankside Open Spaces Trust Cricklewood Millennium Green Trust Lord Peter Carrington

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training 1990 - MA Fine Art Sculpture, Royal College of Art, Kensington Group exhibitions 2004 - 'Switched On' Wembley Public Art Phase 1 Exhibition, Brent Council Funded, Wembley High Street Workshops 2005 - 'The Shape Shed', Metropolitan Housing Group, Chalkhill, Wembley Residencies 2003 - Koestler Trust Residency, Brixton Prison, Brixton Public commissions 2005 - 'Adam', Daniel House Pupil Referral Unit, Hackney, London 2002 - Tangram Playscape, RBKC Parks and Gardens, North Kensington, London W11 Educational experience - primary 2005 - Sculptors in Schools, Primary and Secondary Schools, London Borough of Hammersmith Educational experience - secondary 2004 - Body casting, Daniel House Pupil Referral Unit, Hackney, London