David Harris

 

My love of sculpture started in 1980, when I signed up for an evening class at “The Institute” Hampstead Garden Suburb. I began by working in terra cotta clay from a life model, and then after about a year moved into the carving room where the materials used were stone and wood. As soon as I got my hands on the tools and started to carve I knew that this would be a continuing passion.

I enjoy finding different woods and stones to work in, and like to experiment with many other materials. I have limited editions cast in Bronze and Bronze or Iron resin.

I have exhibited in a number of places, including The Linda Blackstone Gallery, The Look Gallery, Beside the Wave, The Chelsea Art Society annual exhibition and The Institute, and have been short-listed for the Summer Exhibition at ‘The Royal Academy’. I am a member of the Surrey Sculpture Society and Hertfordshire Visual Arts and have shown my work through both of these organizations. In July 2014, I put on my own solo ‘Retrospective’ exhibition at Burgh House in Hampstead, which was a great success.

My sculptures cover a range of themes mostly centered around human, and animal forms, and a style has gradually evolved that I think ties my art together, leading from one work into the next. I am interested in creating spiraling forms that lead the eye all around a sculpture, and the problems of abstraction. The challenge of designing something that works through 360° is often a real puzzle, and there is great satisfaction to be had when that puzzle is eventually solved.

The shapes, colours and imperfections of naturally occurring materials inform my sculptures. Stone, wood and clay are endlessly adaptable and I find great joy attempting to create a form, and then being directed by the material in a way I could never have imagined. Nature is a constant inspiration!

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