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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    Artist Statement

    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

    Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors

    2019

    Commissioned to create a new on-screen ident for ITV as part of the prestigious ‘ITV Creates’ project.

    2017

    Guest speaker at the Ceramic Artist Association of Israel symposium at Tel Hai. Lecturing in Jerusalem at the Israel Museum and at the Bet Benyamini Centre in Tel Aviv

    Education:                  

    1985-87

    Middlesex Polytechnic Foundation Course & Three Dimensional Design

    1987-89

    Bath College of Higher Education (Bath Spa University) (BA Ceramics)

    Solo Exhibitions:  

    Chapel Arts (click here to see a book of the exhibition)(2017)

    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 Exhibitions:

    2019

    RWA Sculpture Open Exhibition

    Blackwater Gallery, Cardiff

    Creative Wiltshire, A Celebration of Art, Salisbury Museum

    Sheridan Russell Gallery, Various Art Fairs, London

    Beukenhof Pheonix, Belgium                                       (2011-201)

    The Garden Gallery, Hampshire  every year from 2005

    Hannah Peschar Gallery, Surrey  every year from 1990

    Arundel Contemporary, Arundel, Sussex

    2018 

    RWA Open, Bristol                  (2018, 2016, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

    Affordable Art Fair Brussels, Hampstead & Battersea  

    VJB Arts in the Atrium of 10 Gresham Street, London

    Kobi & Teal, Frome, Somerset "Objective:Subjective" (Solo)

    Urchfont Manor, Wiltshire, ‘Art in the Garden’ organised by The Friends of the Garden

    Arundel Contemporary, Arundel, Sussex

    Oink Gallery, Swindon, Wiltshire  'JUXTAPOSITIONS OF TWO FORMS'  (Solo)

    2008 -2017 

    Cavaliero Finn, Dulwich & Somerset & Royal Society of Sculptors, London

    The London Group Open, The Cello Factory, London

    Arundel Contemporary, Arundel, Sussex   

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

    Discerning Eye Winners’ Exhibition, Temple Church, London

    Doddington Hall & Gardens, Lincoln                     (2012 & 2016)

    Tarpey Gallery, Derby)                           

    Lemon Street Gallery, Withiel, Truro                       (2014 & 2016)

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

    The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle: ‘Gravity’ (Special Exhibition)

    Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Monmouth                   

    Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames (Regular exhibitor)           

    Ceramic Art London                                                 (2013 & 2011)

    Quenington Sculpture Trust Fresh Air (2017, 2013, 2011 & 2009) 

    Sculpt Gallery, Essex                                             

    Rococo Gardens, Painswick (Commissioned Artist)

    Shirley Crowther Fine Art               

    View Art Gallery, Bristol                                               

    Chichester Cathedral, Sculpture in Paradise         (2008 & 2006)

    The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park, N.Yorkshire

    18@108 Royal British Society of Sculptors, London

    The Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff                                       

    ING Discerning Eye* (*Specially Selected Artist)

    Eye to Eye, Cork Street, London               

    The Scottish Gallery          

    Prizes:

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

    Shortlisted 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, Robert Race, Priory Hotel, Bath, British Consul, Ivory Coast, Anthony Horowitz, Mary Portas, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery

    Work published in:

    Artist Talk Magazine (feature article - issue 3)

    Art Maze Mag (feature article – issue 1)

    Ceramic Review (feature article - issue 282)

    The New Age of Ceramics by Hannah Stouffer (Gingko Press Inc.)

    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.)

    Commissioned to create a new on-screen ident for ITV as part of the prestigious ‘ITV Creates’ project (2019)