Drawing at the English National Ballet

IMG_3761In my own studio I’ve been working with Georgie (btw it’s not her in the image above), a classically trained ‘en pointe’ ballerina for some time; mainly drawing form her in charcoal but also using wire for ‘3d sketching’.  Working with her is totally inspiring – ballerinas have such poise and grace, a way of moving and of being which transcends them above us mere mortals.

IMG_3870To build on this, I recently had a wonderful opportunity to go to Sadler’s Wells to see the English National Ballet in ‘company class’ – essentially a couple of hours of ballet exercises, half at the bar and half without.  (Little did I know that I was also to be totally honoured by the presence of one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Tamara Rojo!)http://www.ballet.org.uk/




My own work lays bare the emotions and the duality of life – the agony and ecstasy, strength and fragility, the sublime and the ugly… so I have always been drawn to ballet and ballet dancers who starkly represent these conflicting yet complimentary qualities in every way.  And these dancers really do ‘suffer’ for their art – an artistry I find totally compelling, spellbinding even.


Strong lines have always been important in my work and I look for these when abstracting from the human figure. Being drawn to dancers now makes sense as I’ve learned that they too always look to the line – to extend their lines and to ‘sculpt’ in space, drawing arcs in the air.



All this is feeding and informing my vision for a new body of work – one for which my metalwork class at Central Saint Martins (see last blog post) is fundamentally important too.  It’s all beginning to come together nicely and I can’t wait to start pulling it together in the new work and to sharing the results with you…


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Metal & Sculpture at Central Saint Martins

Mad as the Mist and Snow 3In my practice, I tend to use plaster which I love, and the sculptures I make are then cast into bronze or bronze resin.

During the process of making I use wire to get the overall form in place and then plaster and scrim to make up the body of the work.  Many times I’ve noticed how the lines of the wire make beautiful forms in their own right and in many ways reflect quite closely what I want to portray.

IMG_3768Wire in itself would not be strong enough to make the work I have in mind so I was drawn to the idea of using steel.  My welding skills were fairly basic so I cast my eyes around for a course to brush them up to start realising my dream.

I found this amazing course under David Stewart http://davidstewartsculpture.co.uk/ at Central Saint Martins, London which was essentially a course on using metal for sculpture and as well as mig welding, we learnt to use bending and folding machines, a chop saw and plasma cutter amongst other things.



I made a number of things as a way of practising my skills and have become confident enough to order up my own welder and some steel supplies for my own studio – how exciting, I can hardly wait to get going!



This is one part in making my vision come to fruition – next stop English National Ballet at Sadler’s Wells – blog post to follow…




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Macmillan Weekend at Curwen Gallery and Flux at Royal College of Art

Two exhibitions to see before Christmas

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If you’re in London this weekend, why not pop by to the Curwen Gallery where they have a Macmillan Cancer Fundraising weekend – a great cause and maybe something for Christmas?  Two of my pieces are amongst the work being sold.



Looking towards December, put the Flux Exhibition at the Royal College of Art in your diaries (11-14 Dec) – promises to be a fab event with over 100 artists all under one roof and 5 of my newest sculptures.

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Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who voted, I’ve made the Winners Show in the ‘Secret Art Prize’ at the Curious Duke Gallery in London – (woooohoooo!)

SAP Invite

Would be great if you could get along – there are 8 other artists represented so I’m sure it will be great to see!

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Final Call for ‘Secret Art Prize’

We’re in the last 2 days of this competition and I’m currently in 2nd place with my sculpture ‘Mad as the Mist and Snow’

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The thing is, there are no points for coming 2nd, so please could you click the link and add your vote – at this point every vote counts and yours could make the difference!



I am super keen to make this Show which will be at the Curious Duke Gallery in London, so please take a moment to vote if you like my work, thank you xxMad as the Mist and Snow 2


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Secret Art Prize 2015

  • Mad as the Mist and Snow 2Super excited to be included in this years ‘Secret Art Prize’ run by the Curious Duke Gallery London.
  • Please vote for me and make my day!  Here’s the link http://www.secretartprize.com/2015/07/gary/
  • The work selected references WB Yeats and seeks to reflect the tension between the sublime and the harsh realities of life.
  • Mad as the Mist and Snow 3

    Yeats was a poet intensely and often painfully preoccupied with the irreconcilable claims of soul and body; his poetry often a battleground between attraction towards unity and perfection set against the inevitable deficiencies of being human.

  • Mad as the Mist and Snow

    In his work ‘Mad as the Mist and Snow’, Yeats rankles at the loss of the unfettered excitement of youth and yet offers up the possibility that, with the storm, once again we can be the wind that howls and storms and blows.

  • This is a very exiting opportunity so I would love it if you would please vote for me!
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New Website for an up to date Fresh look

Super chuffed with my new web site – please takeMidnight on the Hill a look and let me know what you think…


Includes new works such as ‘Midnight on the Hill’ shown here

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