Photo: Chris Dunseath in Chiselborough, South West

Chris Dunseath

Artist, Lecturer / academic

My sculpture is concerned with a diverse range of concepts and is made out of a variety of materials including wood, stone, bronze and paper. The content has ranged from an interest in transformation and change to its current involvement with aspects of theoretical physics. The scale ranges from smaller pieces to large scale public sculptures. Some of the ideas require a subtractive sculptural process involving direct stone and wood carving while others involve additive constructional processess using laminated ash veneer and paper pulp. The spirit of scientific enquiry in the work resulted in its inclusion in 'Beyond Ourselves' one of the first Arts Council funded contemporary art exhibitions held at the centre of scientific debate, The Royal Society. I agree with the physicist Richard Feynman when he refers to the inadequacy of science to capture the marvel of our universe and for the need for art to help bridge the gap between the tangible and the intangible.

Influences: Ancient Egyptian art, extensive research carried out in Egypt; construction of functional objects eg furniture, scientific models; relativity and quantum physics; string theory; astronomy.

Career path: Undergraduate at Cheltenham, Postgraduate at the Slade. Cardiff Sculpture Fellow. Churchill Travelling Fellow. Academician of the RWA. Fellow of the RBS.

Awards and bursaries: The Arts Council England, South West Arts, Welsh Arts Council and various University Research Awards. 2014 Winner of The Wilson Award, The Open West. 2013 Wells Art Contemporary, Prize Winner. 2007 Winner of the RWA Sculpture Exhibition. 2007 Prize winner, Millfield.

Visiting Lecturer at several institutions including the Royal Academy Schools.

Collections: The Arts Council England; The Royal Collection; Acerman Foundation, New York; McDermott Collection, Dallas, Texas; Dame Stephanie Shirley; Priors Court School; The Met Office, Exeter; University of Leicester; Sandwell Council; Robert Redford collection, Sundance, Utah, USA; SPP Foundation, Washington State, USA; The Royal West of England Academy.

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Location Chiselborough, South West
Activities Lecturing, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodwork
Tags Sculpture, Carving, Construction, Drawing, Casting, Science, Physics, Time, Space, Universe

News & Events

  • 'Drawn'

    21/03/2015 – 07/06/2015
    The Royal West of England Academy. Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol. BS8 1PX

    I am showing a drawing 'Museum Store' in this Open Submission Exhibition which has been selected by Anita Taylor, Kate MacFarlane, Yvonne Crossley, Tim Harrisson & Fiona Robinson.

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