Approved: 31.01.2012

Alex Relph

Artist

Approved: 31.01.2012

I am an artist metalworker who originally studied Fine art, Sculpture at Norwich School of Art in the late 1980's. Working either to commission or for exhibitions my work ranges from pieces of sculpture and bespoke furniture to larger private and public architectural commissions such as gates, railings, pergolas and gazebos. I have recently worked on a number of public art projects for community

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Artist Statement

I am an artist metalworker who originally studied Fine art, Sculpture at Norwich School of Art in the late 1980's. Working either to commission or for exhibitions my work ranges from pieces of sculpture and bespoke furniture to larger private and public architectural commissions such as gates, railings, pergolas and gazebos. I have recently worked on a number of public art projects for community redevelopment schemes and through collaboration with garden designers, architects and interior designers I have also completed commissions for many prestige private clients and for commercial settings such as shops, bars and restaurants. My sculpture is focused around the combination of industrial and organic shapes. I am interested in creating feelings of movement and balance through the combination of line and form. Using collections of steel forms in combination I can allow the work to lead its own creation and develop organically. The piece then evolves instinctively through the innate qualities of the materials used. I play with the interaction of disparate pieces and work towards creating a cohesive composition. Although distinctively abstract I hope to evoke subtle references to the figure and expressions of figurative movement and emotions. All my work reflects my fine art training whilst allowing a suitably practical approach to the specific ergonomic requirements of a functional piece. I am interested in creating pieces that allow a sculptural freeform quality to flow through the structure of the design. There is an interesting balance created with trying to do this whilst acknowledging the fairly tight practical constraints imposed by the necessary function of the design.

CV & Education

Group exhibitions 2011 - Sculpture, Garden Gallery, Hampshire 2011 - Silver, Black Swan Arts, Frome 2009 - Art in the Garden, Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire Public commissions 2011 - Entrance Gates, Cemaes Park, Cardiff 2010 - A series of free standing screens, Community Garden, Cathedral Close, Wells