Tarifa Tuna - Sculpture & Weather vane
It's a long time since I did a blog so I felt that I would do an overview of last years wonderful places that I visited to see, admire and be inspired by art and sculpture.
The spring trip to Andaluzia, Spain included travel to take in various sculptures along the way.
One that stands out was a huge metal Tuna high on a pole at the water's edge in windy Tarifa. This huge sculpture was moving in the wind and as the sand was whistling by it felt the perfectly sited.
I had a day in historic Malaga and visited the Pompidou Centre where I was so delighted to find a Seraphine painting on display. Years ago I watched the French film Seraphine, a true story of an artist and how she was discovered, it’s a beautiful but sad film. Seeing her work in the flesh was powerful and very emotional!
The Brancusi Exhibition was also on at the time with an extensive body of work as well as film & photography.
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018, curated by Grayson Perry. The theme was humour and was full of fun and wild things and you couldn’t help but be entertained by the feel of the show. One small clay head sat in a corner on the floor with a price tag of a something like five hundred thousand, I think it was a little persons entry !
Another summer weekend found me at Lake Vyrnwy in mid Wales, where below the damm was a Sculpture trail with huge wooden sculptures including a carved boat with a group of small houses and a church carried on its top to unusual abstract shapes positioned in the woods.
On Form Stone Exhibition 2018 at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds, again one of the highlights of the year with spectacular choice of all things stone displayed over garden, church, meadow and in the house. The work and preparation to put on such a stunning show is amazing and world class.
The inspiration flows when you wander amongst the tactile , skilfully carved colourful stone pieces. My favourite piece this year was a Dominic Welch Kilkenny Limestone sculpture- Cycladic Moon.
Later in the glorious summer a memorable visit was also taken to Churt in Surrey to spend many hours wandering around the Sculpture Park where every taste is catered for, glass spheres, stainless steel boats on the lake twisting and glinting, big wooden totem poles, stone animals.
I did have lively dreams that night with imagination overload!
I was also a participant in the Society of Women Artists exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.
In October the Affordable Art Fair was held at Battersea and my work was represented by Thompson's Gallery.
It was great to see art on many forms from across the world, another fun and inspiring day.
There were so many more visits that inspired me, now I am looking forward to 2019.