GLASS, LIGHT, PAINT & CLAY: 28.10.- 14.12. 2017
OBJECTS FROM THE GRAHAM COOLEY COLLECTION at VIVACITY CITY GALLERY, Peterborough Museum. Vivacity City Gallery presents Glass, Light, Paint & Clay; an exceptional display featuring four notable British artists from Graham Cooley’s eclectic collection. Opening on 28 October, the exhibition brings together the studio glass of Sam Herman, the lighting designs of Bernard Rooke, the nature paintings of Duncan Clarke and the ceramics of John Maltby. Cooley’s unique selection of artworks reveal his broad taste across both Visual and Decorative Arts. Most collectors will amass a certain type of work, normally by a certain artist, and stick to it. Cooley, however, meets the art world with open arms and scoops up an array of work which portrays the exceptional level of craftsmanship which has emerged from the UK.
GLASS: SAM HERMAN
At the Genesis of the Studio Glass Movement
Sam Herman is a contemporary glass artist, sculptor and painter. One of Harvey Littleton’s first students, Herman is credited as one of the founders of the Studio Glass movement in Britain. He was seminal in spreading the idea of the movement through his teaching positions particularly at the Royal College of Art. His work has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in many public collections including Victoria and Albert Museum.
LIGHT: BERNARD ROOKE
Ceramic Sculpture as Lighting
Bernard Rooke studied at the Ipswich School of Art and Goldsmiths’ College, London. In 1960 he set up his workshop in Forest Hill, London, sharing the premises with Alan Wallwork, he also lectured at London University and at Goldsmiths’ College. The early pieces were mainly fashioned by hand using coils and blocks. Rooke found that his work might not find a market as a piece of sculpture, if made into a lamp base it was more readily acceptable to the public. The lamp bases were, indeed, popular and are now design icons of the sixties and seventies.
PAINT: DUNCAN CLARKE
Painting nature, landscape and environmental impact
Duncan Clarke is a painter and conservationist, studying the impact of intensive farming and industrialisation on the environment around him in the Oxfordshire village of Coleshill. Born in 1958 Duncan studied fine art at Bath Academy of Art 1977-1980; exhibitions include showing in the Laing Competition 1991 and Hunting Art Prize 1991.
CLAY: JOHN MALTBY
Ancient modernism in clay
John Maltby is a distinguished English sculptor and studio potter. John was brought up in Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire and studied at Leicester College of Art and Goldsmith’s College in South London. After a period of teaching art in a small private boys’ school near London, where he met his future wife, Heather, he visited Bernard Leach after reading Leach’s “A Potter’s book”. On Leach’s advice Maltby joined his son David Leach in 1962 at Lowerdown Pottery in Bovey Tracey, Devon where he was Leach’s apprentice for nearly two years. He then set up his own pottery at Stoneshill near Crediton in 1964. His work has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in many public collections including Victoria and Albert Museum
Opening Times: 28th October – 14th December 2017. Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (inc. Bank Holiday Mondays and Monday’s during school holidays)
At: City Gallery, Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
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