Approved: 16.01.2007

Patricia Volk

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.01.2007

As a sculptor I love working with the directness of clay, using all the techniques, coiling and slab building, making one-off pieces, which are fired then finished with acrylic paint. Classical sculpture was always highly coloured but we have this erroneous idea that they were all white and sterile looking.

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  • Location: Bradford on Avon, South West
  • Activities: Public art, Private commissions, Exhibitions programme, Commissioning, Collecting
  • Categories: Ceramics, Sculpture
  • Tags: sculpture, ceramics, outdoo rsculpture, clay,
 
 

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    Biography

    As a sculptor I love working with the directness of clay, using all the techniques, coiling and slab building, making one-off pieces, which are fired then finished with acrylic paint. Classical sculpture was always highly coloured but we have this erroneous idea that they were all white and sterile looking.

     

    Having said that, my obsession is catching a very simple form or line, primarily, then enhancing it with colour. Sometimes I use juxtapositions of two forms that I hope suggest contradictions of strength and fragility, stability and precariousness – like the relationships between human beings. But also other opposites, such as rest and activity, that I hope give my work a lively presence and a sense of each one having an individual character. But really all this is open to the eye of the beholder. I never want to be too prescriptive, and in saying this much I’ve probably said too much.

    CV & Education

    PATRICIA VOLK : SCULPTURE

    Member of Royal British Society of Sculptors (MRBS)

     

    Solo Exhibitions:          

                             William Benington Gallery Sculptural at Coombe Trenchard  (2015)

                             Chapel Lane Gallery, Tunbridge Wells                                    (2015) 

                             The Art Room, Topsham, Devon                                             (2014)  

                             New Craftsman Gallery, St. Ives                       

                             Beaux Arts, Bath

                             Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

                             The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh                                                                           

    Selected Exhibitionss

    2016          

    ‘From Where I’m Standing’, Swindon Museum &Art Gallery

    Tarpey Gallery, Derby

    Andelliart, Wells

    Beukenhof Pheonix, Belgium                                                                       2011-2016

    Cavaliero Finn, Dulwich

    The Garden Gallery, Hampshire                                                                  every year from 2005

    Doddington Hall & Gardens, Lincoln                                                           2012 &2016

    Hannah Peschar Gallery, Surrey                                                                 every year from 1990

    Lemon Street Gallery, Truro                                                                        2014 & 2016

    2015                 

    London Irish Art, Westminster

    Junction Gallery, Woodstock

    Flux, Royal College of Art

     William Benington Gallery Sculptural at Coombe Trenchard                    2012, 2013 & 2015          

    2014                

    Affordable Art Fair Brussels, Hampstead & Battersea

    (Sheridan Russell Gallery) Regular exhibitor  

    2013                

    The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle: ‘Gravity’                                                 Special Exhibition

    Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Monmouth                                   

     Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames                                                         Regular exhibitor

    Art London Wolsely Fine Art                                                                                                      

    Ceramic Art London                                                                                 2013 &   2011

    Quenington Sculpture Trust Fresh Air                                                      2013, 2011 & 2009    

    Sculpt Gallery, Essex

    Maureen Michealson, London                                                              

    2008-2012       

    Rococo Gardens, Painswick (Commissioned Artist)

    Shirley Crowther Fine Art                  

    RWA Open                                                                                                2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007

    View Art Gallery, Bristol                                                                             2009

    Chichester Cathedral, Sculpture in Paradise                                             2008 & 2006

    The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park, N.Yorkshire

    Twenty Twenty Gallery, Shropshire

    One Two Five Gallery, Bath                               

    18@108 Royal British Society of Sculptors,  London

    Art in the Garden 08, at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire                                   

    The Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff                                                      Exhibited over several years                           

    2007           

    ING Discerning Eye (Specially Selected Artist)

    CPA at 50, Worcester

    Eye to Eye, Cork Street, London                        

    The Scottish Gallery                           

    Wolseley Fine Art, London

    Broadway Modern, Broadway         

    Fine Art/The Gallery, Cork Street/ Glyn Vivian Art Centre,Hampton Court (Evening Standard)                                 

    Prizes:

    ING "Discerning Eye" Exhibition, Mall Gallery, London - Regional Winner - 2007

    Shortlsted for the 'Brian Mercer Bronze Casting Residency'  by the Royal British Society of Sculptors

    Collections:

    Lord Carrington        Sir John Mortimer             Damon de Laszlo       Simon Relph CBE      

    Lady Osborne          Priory Hotel, Bath     British Consul, Ivory Coast    Anthony Horowitz 

    Mary Portas            Swindon Museum & Art Gallery

    Work featured in:

    Contemporary Ceramics ­ International Perspective by Emmanuel Cooper (Thames & Hudson)

    Ceramics for Garden and Landscapes ed. Karin Hessenberg (A&C Black, London, 2000).

    Creative Ideas for Small Gardens by Anthony Paul (HarperCollins);

    Classic Garden Features by David Stuart (Conran Octopus);

    The Garden Sanctuary by Keith Mitchell (Hamlyn);

    The Sculptor's Bible by John Plowman (KP Books);

    The Sculpting Techniques Bible ed. Claire Waite Brown (Chartswell Books Inc).

    Ceramic Design Course by Anthony Quinn (Barron's).

    Commissions:

    The Water Deities   (1997)         ArtSway, Sway, Hampshire (garden designer: Cleve West)

    Audience and Muse(1998)         Brewhouse Art Centre, Taunton

    Work selected as Southern Arts Prize by Beckett biographer James Knowlson (winner of Southern Arts Literary Award 1999,

    for his book, Damned to Fame: A Life of Samuel Beckett.)