Approved: 16.08.2006

James Sutton

Approved: 16.08.2006

My work is inspired by nature; I interpret organic shapes I have observed, and carve them into tactile forms; it is important to me that the viewer experiences the sculptures first hand and is free to touch, stroke, and engage with my sculptures in everyday environments, from there own house or garden to parks, school playgrounds and other public spaces.
I carve my forms directly out of stone by

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  • Location: Lincoln, East Midlands
 

Biography

My work is inspired by nature; I interpret organic shapes I have observed, and carve them into tactile forms; it is important to me that the viewer experiences the sculptures first hand and is free to touch, stroke, and engage with my sculptures in everyday environments, from there own house or garden to parks, school playgrounds and other public spaces. I carve my forms directly out of stone by hand using mainly marble and limestone. All my work is visually pleasing, and generally abstracted to the point where it is almost unrecognisable from its source. This allows the viewer to enjoy the work on two levels by interpreting the work in their own way and by exploring the form through its title. My work generally evolves around the flowing curves of organic shapes with occasional, subtle surface decoration so as not to detract from the form itself. I enjoy piercing the form, creating interesting interplays with light and the forms surroundings. I have been heavily influenced by the work of sculptors Brancusi, Moore and Hepworth. I conform to a lot of their ideals; the search for pure form, abstraction, their love of nature, truth to their materials and the search for something better.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2008 - PG Certificate in Arts Practice 2007, Univercity of Dery, Usher Gallery Lincoln 2005 - BA (Hons) Contemporary Decorative Crafts, 2:1, Lincoln University, Lincoln Solo exhibitions 2005 - Exhibited 'Birds' currently exhibiting ' Abstract Forms', Joseph Banks Conservatory, Lincoln 2005 - Exhibited 'seed' & 'Standing figures', Come2life, Lincoln Group exhibitions 2007 - Connect Exhibition, The Usher Gallery & The Collection, Lincoln 2007 - Exhibiting 'birds' and 'conception', Wild@Heart, Broxholme Lincoln 2006 - Create, The Ropewalk Gallery, Barton upon Humber 2006 - Currently Exhibiting, 'Birds', New Born' and 'Conception', Wild at Heart, Broxholme (Near Lincoln) 2005 - Currently exhibiting 'seed' & 'Standing figures', Come2life, Lincoln 2005 - Exhibited 'Birds' & 'seed', Create exhibition, St. Michaels Church, Lincoln 2005 - Exhibited 'seed', Hub Gallery , Sleaford Workshops 2008 - 12 Days Creative Partnership project, Ravendale Primary School, Grimsby 2008 - 3 days creative workshops with reception to inspire a site specific sculpture, Mount St Primary School, Lincoln 2008 - 4 day sculpture course, Usher Gallery, Lincoln 2008 - Sculpture workshop for patients at Ash Villa psychiatric hospital, Ash Villa psychiatric hospital, Lincolnshire 2007 - 9-11 Year Olds Stone Carving Workshop (Afternoon), The Usher Gallery, Lincoln 2007 - 9-11 Year Olds Stone Carving Workshop (Morning), The Usher Gallery, Lincoln 2007 - Adult Stone Carving Workshop, The Usher Gallery, Lincoln Residencies 2008 - Residency and sculpture Commission, Manor Park School, Dorchester 2007 - 1 Week Residency, Fairfield Primary School, Grimsby Private commissions 2006 - (5ft) Site Specific Sculpture for there courtyard, St Francis, Lincoln Public commissions 2008 - Site Specific sculpture, Mount St Primary School, Lincoln 2008 - Site Specific sculpture commission, Manor Park School, Dorchester Educational experience - early years 2005 - Ceramic Painting Worrkshops, BarePots, Lincoln Educational experience - primary 2006 - Carving workshop, St John's Primary School, Lincoln 2005 - Ceramic painting workshops, BarePots, Lincoln Educational experience - special needs 2006 - 3 Workshops, St Francis Special School, Lincoln 2005 - Ceramic painting workshops, BarePots, Lincoln