Approved: 16.08.2006

Sheila Vollmer

Artist, Maker, Teacher

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts

My sculptural work is primarily abstract and geometric expressing an ongoing interest in the poetry of physical and emotional space with references to the natural, spiritual and constructed world. The materials and processes that I work with are various from cast cement to rope installations, although steel, in particular, angle iron, has preoccupied me over many years. The aim of my

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  • Location: London
  • Artforms: Installation, Sculpture
  • Tags: assemblage, line, skirting, space, wall, wood, glass, large, metalwork, outdoor, steel, small, zinc
 

Biography

Concepts My sculptural work is primarily abstract and geometric expressing an ongoing interest in the poetry of physical and emotional space with references to the natural, spiritual and constructed world. The materials and processes that I work with are various from cast cement to rope installations, although steel, in particular, angle iron, has preoccupied me over many years. The aim of my work is that 'they' the sculptures or installations are first and foremost visually, physically and emotionally exciting, enticing the eye and relating to the body. The form of the work and the nature of the material are interdependent. What interests me is how a work achieves a necessity of form, visual patterning and randomness through the working process by replicating and improvising on basic units of form with the addition of colour, surface and gravity. The work is about the material and achieving wholeness, life and meaning within the forms. Influences Artistic, materials, natural & energy systems, architectural spaces/construction, geometric and sacred symbols & patterns. Career path 2014 'Elemental', Burghley Sculpture park, Stamford, Lincs; 2014 Pulchri/APT exchange exhibit, Pulchri Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands; 2013 'Folding Space', Brigitte Parusel & Sheila Vollmer, Atrium Gallery, Barbican Arts Trust, E8; 2013 '8 studios from here', selected Deptford artists exhibit, Royal Festival Hall Southbank SE1 & Deptford X Arts festival; 2012 'International Exhibition of Wood Sculpture', Sanyl Wood Sculpture Museum, Taiwan (summer/autumn 2012); 'London Bridge City Sculpture Exhibition', Thames River walkway London Bridge, London SE1 Nov 2011-Oct 2012; Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London (summer 2012); Spitalfields Public Art, Spitalfields Market, London, 2009-10, Thinking Big:21st Cent. British Sculpture', (Sculpture at Goodwood), Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy 2003 are some of the significant exhibitions in my career, to date. I have regularly exhibited in Britain with some residencies in the USA and UK and commissions in Canada and UK. I have a BA Hons in Visual Art from Canada and Postgraduate studies Sculpture from St Martin's School of Art, London. Awards have included The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and British Council Travel Grant. Section Head of Sculpture, I have taught sculpture at Morley College London since 1991. My worked is featured in public & private collections including The Prudential plc, London and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Staffs.

CV & Education

Exhibitions (Group & 2 person)- 2014 Pulchri/APT exchange exhibit, Pulchri Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands; 2014 Summer 'Elemental', Burghley Sculpture Garden, Burghley House, Stamford, Lincs. (catalogue); 2013 'Folding Space', Brigitte Parusel & Sheila Vollmer, Atrium Gallery, Barbican Arts Trust E8; 2013 '8 studios from here', selected Deptford artists exhibit, Royal Festival Hall Southbank SE1 & Deptford X Arts festival SE8, 2013 'Surface', Burghley Sculpture Garden, Burghley House, Stamford, Lincs. (catalogue); 2012 'International Exhibition of Wood Sculpture' , Sanyl Wood Sculpture Museum, Taiwan; 2012 'London Bridge City Sculpture Exhibition', Thames River walkway near Hay's Galleria, London Bridge, London SE1; 2012 'Royal Academy Summer Exhibition', Royal Academy of Arts, London 2012; 'WOBURN ARTBEAT 2012', Sculpture at Woburn Abbey, Woburn Abbey Gardens, Bedfordshire; 2011 ‘Matter’, Morley Ceramic & Sculpture tutors exhibit, Morley Gallery, London SE1; 2011 'A Decade of Sculpture in the Garden', Harold Martin Botanic Garden, University of Leicester, Leicester Lincs; 2010 - ‘Bounty’ A Case of preposterous optimism, Morley Gallery, London SE1 2010 - ‘Heart Head & Hands’ British Sculpture , Harold Martin Botanic Gardens, University of Leicester, Leicester 2010 - ‘Mix’, APT artists selected by Mali Morris & Chris Marshall , APT Gallery, Deptford London SE8 2010 - ‘Process’ Garden Sculpture Exhibit, Burghley Sculpture Garden, Burghley House, Stamford, Lincs 2010 - ‘Sculpture in Paradise’ , Chichester Cathedral cloisters, Chichester 2010 - Spitalfields Market Public Art Sculpture exhibit , Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields London 2009 - ‘Artists at Morley’, celebrating 40 years, Morley Gallery, London SE1 2009 - ‘Celebration of British Sculpture’ , Harold Martin Botanic Gardens, Univ. of Leicester, Leicester 2008 - ‘18@108, Sculptors on Sculpture - Steel’, Royal British Society of Sculptors, 108 Old Brompton Rd., London SW7 2008 - ‘Electric Blue, Submit to Gravity curated by Rita Parente, Barge House , OXO Tower Wharf, London. 2008 - ‘Geometry & Colour: Recent painting, sculpture & textile’, Poussin Gallery, Bermondsey London 2007 - ‘Bounty’, A Case for Preposterous Optimism , A.P.T. Gallery, Deptford London 2006 - ‘FE2 05-Contemporary Steel sculpture’, A.P.T. Gallery, Deptford London SE8 2006 - ‘Sculpture in Paradise’ , Chichester Cathedral, Chichester 2006 - Steel - Art in the Workplace curated by Ann Elliott, Canary Wharf Group , 1 Canada Sq, London 2005 - Creek Show, River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames 2005 - Drawing & Sculpture Exhibit, Burghley Sculpture Park, Burghley House, Stamford, Lincs 2005 - Fe2 05 - Contemporary steel sculpture, Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington UK 2005 - Royal Society or British Sculpture Centenary - Garden Exhibit, Harold Martin Botanic Gardens, Leicester University, Leicester, UK 2004 - The Home Ideal Show - Eshoda Arts, The Hotbath Gallery, Bath, Avon 2003 - Thinking Big: 21st Cent. British Sculpture, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy 2002 - Art in the Garden, Chelsea Physic Garden, London 2001 - A Work of Art in Itself, Bury Art Gallery, Bury, Lancs 2001 - Burghly Sculpture Garden, Stamford, Lincs 2001 - OCA Gallery, Triangle Artists Canada, Toronto, Canada 2001 - Sculpture at Goodwood, Maquette Gallery, Goodwood, West Sussex 2000 - Hammerson Plc, Park Lane, London 2000 - Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Ockley, Surrey 1999 - New Art Centre, Sculpture Park and Gallery, Salisbury, Wiltshire Artist talks 2008 - ‘18@108, Sculptors on Sculpture’ , Royal British Society of Sculptors, London Competitions, prizes and awards 2009 - ‘London Group Open Exhibition 2009’ , Menier Gallery, London SE1 2007 - ‘RWA Open Sculpture Exhibition’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2003 - Open Sculpture, Royal West.

Solo exhibitions 1997 - The Atrium Gallery, Coopers and Lybrand, London 1993 - Maak Studios, Open Studio Exhibit, London 1991 - One Day Exhibit of New Work, Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto, Canada 1990 - Galerie Dagmar, Sculpture and Drawing, London 1989 - Hamilton Artists Inc, Hamilton, Canada Group exhibitions 2012 of England Academy, Bristol