Approved: 16.08.2006

Almuth Tebbenhoff

Artist

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts Opposites. Hard surfaces that are broken up into flowing curves, heavy steel frames that float on a cushion of pink reflected light, sharp spikes that combine into a furry round ball. Recurring themes and concepts in my work revolve around a balance of opposites. Very large steel forms appearing as if they were made from folded paper. The continuous tension which suspends us between life and

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Workshops, Public art, Private commissions, Curating, Studio practice
  • Categories: Drawing, Environment, Installation, Public Art, Sculpture
  • Tags: Fabrication, Curating, Workshops, Sculpture, Carving, Bronze Casting, Thinking, Abstract Sculpture, Wall-based Sclulpture, Public Art
 

Biography

Concepts Opposites. Hard surfaces that are broken up into flowing curves, heavy steel frames that float on a cushion of pink reflected light, sharp spikes that combine into a furry round ball. Recurring themes and concepts in my work revolve around a balance of opposites. Very large steel forms appearing as if they were made from folded paper. The continuous tension which suspends us between life and death. Influences Astronomy, eternity, natural physical forces, stones, trees, earth, compost. I spent the first seventeen years of my life growing up on a farm in Germany. On a clear night my father would scan the skies with his telescope and explain the vastness and remoteness of outer space. Thunder and lightning, crystals on window frames replaced television; as did watching animals be born, mate and be slaughtered. As a child I once saw a potter at a wheel and found it mesmerising; the silent focus and the sloppy earthy quality of clay completely captivated me. In 1963 I visited the first Dokumenta exhibition in Kassel and I knew I needed to be an artist. In 1972 I enrolled at Sir John Cass School of Arts to study ceramics - Lucie Rie was my heroine and I loved ancient Japanese Oribe pottery. Soon my work turned towards sculpture. Clay became too limiting and I began looking for other materials more suited to my ideas. Calder, Tinguely, Caro, Robert Morris and a lot of bold sculptors pushed me onwards. Now I look towards artists such as Anselm Kiefer, James Turrell and Marlene Dumas. Career path I trained in ceramics at Sir John Cass School of Art from 1972-5 then set up my own studio in 1975. I made functional pots as well as sculptures. I believed that anything could be made out of clay and set out to prove it. Paolozzi saw my work and invited me to attend drawing lessons at the Royal College of Art. For a year I had access to classes, lectures, libraries and contact with students to broaden my outlook. Several shows in North Germany made me a collectable ceramic artist. I made ceramic washbasins and wall and floor tiles as well as large ceramic sculptures. In 1985-6 I learnt to fabricate metal at South Thames College. Thereafter I concentrated on steel. I developed my own technique of cutting and welding. Two large steel sculptures are now in St. George's Hospital, Tooting and one in Richard Rogers' development in Chiswick Park. The University of Leicester commissioned a large steel sculpture for the foyer of the new Library. The Cass Foundation sold several of my sculptures in Goodwood. I am a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and I was a member of council. I was shortlisted for numerous public commissions including the Battle of Britain Memorial on the Victoria Embankment. In 2006 I won a scholarship to learn marble carving in Pietrasanta in Italy. 2012 I curated the sculpture exhibition for the University of Leicester 'Interesting Times' and in 2013 I curated 'A Change of Heart'. I received an Honorary Doctorate in 2013 from Leicester University.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2013 - Honorary Doctorate , University of Leicester Botanical Garden, Leicester Solo exhibitions 2011 - Birds - Ucelli, Filippo's Restaurant, via Stagio Stagi, Pietrasanta, Italy 2011 - By Invitation, Christie's, South Kensington, London 2004 - Open Pillar, Cafe Gallery, Southwark Park, London 1996 - Installation, Commercial Gallery, London 1994 - "Petrified" Exhibition, Jodrell Bank Science Centre, Cheshire 1991 - "Light Source" Exhibition, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry 1990 - Exhibition, Todd Gallery, London 1988 - "Obermaterial Ton", Installation, Rathausgalerie, Haselünne, Germany 1988 - Exhibition, Dominikaner Kirche, Osnabrück, Germany 1986 - Keramik Studio, Exhibition, Vienna, Austria 1984 - Exhibition, Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany 1983 - Exhibition, Emslandmuseum, Schloss Clemenswerth, Germany Group exhibitions 2012 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London 2012 - Two in One - two sculptors at Pangolin London, Gallery Pangolin London, Kings Place, London 2011 - DonnaScultura, Sant' Agostino, via S. Agostino, Pietrasanta, Italy 2011 - RBS Members working in Pietrasanta, Sant' Agostino Chiostro, Pietrasanta Italy 2011 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London 2010 - Crucible, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, UK 2007 - Autumn Exhibition, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, Gloucestershire 2005 - Fe2 05, five women working in steel, Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington 2003 - Group exhibition, Chelsea Physic Garden, Chelsea, London 1997 - "Whenever", Commercial Gallery, London 1995 - "4" Exhibition, Maidstone Library Gallery, Kent 1995 - "In an Ideal World" Installation, Alt. Art Gallery, Marylebone, London 1995 - "Natural Setting" Exhibition, Chelsea Physic Garden, London 1994 - "Open Crossing" Exhibition, BBK, Düsseldorf, Germany 1993 - Installation, International Art Centre, Poznan, Poland 1992 - "Fife's Revenge" Touring Exhibition, Ikon, Birmingham and Midlands 1991 - Exhibition - 3 Artists, Oriel Gallery, Mold, Wales 1990 - "Before Sculpture" - Drawings, New York Studio School, New York, USA 1990 - Exhibition - Three British Sculptors, Sculpture House, Moscow, Russia 1989 - Exhibition - 6 Artists, Riverside Studios, London Curated projects 2013 - A Change of Heart, University of Leicester Botanical Gardens, Leicester 2012 - Interesting Times - annual sculpture exhibition, Leicester University Botanical Gardens, Glebe Road, Leicester Residencies 2006 - Stipendium for three months to learn carving marble, Fondazione Sem, Pietrasanta, Italy Public commissions 2007 - Suspended Sculpture, University Library Entrance, Leicester 2004 - Site specific permanent installation of steel sculpture, St. George's Hospital, Tooting, London SW17 Corporate commissions 2007 - Soft Tower, Chiswick Park, Chiswick, London Projects 2002 - No Oil to Read By