Approved: 16.08.2006

Paula Groves

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Approved: 16.08.2006

I learnt to weld in the industry after going to art college. I sculpt in mild and stainless steel (up until now) and the balance of these two metals is the key to the evolution, the work is untreated and evolves in the effects of the environment and elements.
I play the part in the middle - thats now. As the majority of the material I use in my work is scrap steel. It has a story to tell.

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  • Location: Rochester, South East
 

Biography

I learnt to weld in the industry after going to art college. I sculpt in mild and stainless steel (up until now) and the balance of these two metals is the key to the evolution, the work is untreated and evolves in the effects of the environment and elements. I play the part in the middle - thats now. As the majority of the material I use in my work is scrap steel. It has a story to tell. I clean it to show the history of its life, its dents, marks and scars, and with stainless steel highly polish some areas. So the idea for the piece comes from the metal itself - the shape it already has or how I can enhance it. Also I love purity in form - the pure forms of the circle, square and triangle and these reoccur as themes in my work. And now I'm starting to work in collaboration with other artist.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1990 - Trainee Welder, Comfab, Rochester 1987 - Spatial Design HND, UCCA - University College of the Creative Arts, Rochester 1985 - General Art + Design NND, Amersham + Wycombe College, Amersham Solo exhibitions 2007 - Display of Sculptures, 2007, The Chelsea Flower Show -RHS, Chelsea, London 2006 - Display of my work, Grand Designs Live, Excel, London 2006 - Launch of 2006 Collection, The Chelsea Flower Show -RHS, Chelsea, London 2004 - Small scale works, Various galleries, local exhibitions and open studios, Medway Group exhibitions 2008 - Art In Woodstock, The Real Wood Furniture Company, Woodstock 2008 - Bespoke Summer - works from my 2008 collection, The Corn Exchange, Rochester, Kent 2008 - Canterbury Art Fair 2008, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury 2008 - Exhibition of work from Diamond Light Source Residency, The Blue Coat, Liverpool 2008 - Nucleus Launch - a collection of works by artists in Medway, Nucleus Gallery, The New Art Centre, Chatham, Kent 2008 - The Sculpture Exhibition, Godinton House, Ashford Workshops 2008 - Metal Sculpture Workshops, The Tack Room, Hulkes Lane, Rochester, Kent 2008 - Sculpture Workshops for Students, South Devon College, Paignton Residencies 2007 - A year long Artist Residency working with the facility and two other artists, Diamond Light Source, Didcot Private commissions 2008 - A pair of wall reliefs and relevant detailing, The Hair Professional, Hairdressers, Maidstone, Kent 2008 - Commemorative sculpture for Cathy Halliday, Ditton Junior School, Aylesford, Kent 2008 - Sculpture, bench + setting - private commission, Denniss Matthews Solicitors, St Johns Square, London 2008 - Shores 2, a sculpture with a similar spirit to Shores, London Public commissions 2008 - Completion and Installation of the entrance sculpture, at The Thomas Deacon Academy, Peterborough 2008 - Medway Boat Race - commission to produce 33 medals, to be the same as the previous year, Kent 2008 - Signage phase of sculpture commission, The New Art Centre, Chatham, Kent 2007 - A sculpture for the entrance of the largest academy in Europe, The Thomas Deacon Academy, Peterborough 2007 - Entrance sculpture - 2nd Phase, The New Art Centre, Chatham, Kent 2007 - Entrance sculpture - 2nd phase -bridge, lighting + sculpture section, The New Art Centre, Chatham, Kent 2007 - Medway Boat Race, Mens + Womens, Medals + Trophies, Medway Council + Universities, Medway 2007 - Medway Business Awards - a collaboration with Wendy Daws to design and produce the awards, Variable, Medway 2007 - Ropery Sculpture selected for a coffee table book , Made in Medway, Rochester 2007 - Sculpture inspired by the facility and unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen, The Diamond Light Source Facility, Didcot 2006 - Countdown clock and sculpture for the 2012 Olympics, The Visitors Centre, Rochester 2006 - Entrance Design - 1st Phase, The New Art Centre, Chatham, Kent 2006 - Medway Business Awards - a collaboration with Wendy Daws to design and produce the awards, Variable, Medway 2006 - Sculpture to mark "60 Years of Innovation", e2v technologies ltd, Chelmsford Publications 2008 - Made in Medway - a coffee table book featuring over 20 local artists