Approved: 16.08.2006

Charles Gurrey

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

The majority of my work is done to commission, whether from architects, cathedrals and churches, public art agencies, local authorities or private clients. The medium will depend upon what will be appropriate for a particular piece of work. To date, work has been made in stone; wood; marble; slate; bronze; aluminium; glass; GRP; plaster; stainless steel and wrought iron. Whichever medium is used, my

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  • Location: York, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Built environment, Community arts, Public art, Private commissions
  • Categories: Architecture, Furniture, Public Art, Sculpture, Text
  • Tags: Sculpture Carving Cast Modelling Text Figurative Architectural Commissioned Site-specific Ecclesiastical
 

Biography

The majority of my work is done to commission, whether from architects, cathedrals and churches, public art agencies, local authorities or private clients. The medium will depend upon what will be appropriate for a particular piece of work. To date, work has been made in stone; wood; marble; slate; bronze; aluminium; glass; GRP; plaster; stainless steel and wrought iron. Whichever medium is used, my approach is to seek to make something expressly having the character of a wrought thing. Depending upon the specific commission, I try to develop the aesthetic implications of this approach. How can the form and physical realisation of a piece of lettering be true to itself as something wrought? How can figurative work, even that required to be illustrative, draw upon the expressive qualities inherent in a given medium, such that the more abstract and material aspects of a piece can be developed? I try to make work that, as far as may suit a particular context and client, may become as it were, incarnated in the means of expression; become in a sense, a concrete thing. Especially welcome would be further opportunities to work collaboratively with architects on integral text, abstract detail or figuration, for bold contemporary crafted buildings. However, all commissions large and small, public and private, are welcome!

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1981 - MPhil Philosophy, St.Johns College, Cambridge 1979 - BA Philosophy Politics and Economics, Balliol College, Oxford Group exhibitions 2009 - Art and Memory, Memorial Arts Charity at West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Chichester. 2008 - Poet's Riddles in Stone, New Art Centre, Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury 2005 - The Standing Stone, Wolseley Fine Arts, London 2001 - York Art Workers Association Exhibition, York Centre for Early Music 2000 - The Times of their Lives, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester 1998 - The Art of Remembering, Blickling Hall, Norfolk