Patricia VolkImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: The Workshops, Stowford Manor Farm, Wingfield, Nr. Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, BA14 9LH. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44(0)1225763283
Email:
Web-site: www.patriciavolk.co.uk
Availability: Visitors welcome but please telephone first.
Last Updated: 2011-10-29

Current Work

Current Work

For the last fifteen years I have been more or less immersed in creating heads; flawed heroes, empowered virgins, or pensive deities, icon like but with iconoclastic human frailties.  I felt they were the ideal vessels for conveying humanity through the material, but they were also my comfort zone.  Now I’ve made a complete departure.
 
Though my heads were always symbolic and semi-abstract, I wanted to find out what happened if I disposed of the figurative, literal element and concentrated simply on the basic forms and lines I’d grown to love.
 
What I have discovered is a fascination with how one line or form has an effect upon another next to it.  The juxtapositions of shape and colour create wonderful contradictions of power and fragility, stability and precariousness, their tentative proximities, frictions and “rubbing against each other” reflecting the relationships between human beings; the awkward but beautiful partnership between the strong and the weak, the delicate and the robust, creating sometimes a balanced structure that seems as if it might topple, but keeps standing. Just as in life.
 
The old adage is to “Do one scary thing every day.”  Departing from heads (my old friends) was not easy, but I am excited that these new abstract forms are still essentially “me”.  And have set me free.

Work Availability:
Work may be purchased from Patricia's studio - visit by appointment.

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

History and Background

History and Background

Studied Art:
1985-87 Middlesex Polytechnic
1987-89 Bath College of Higher Education

Commissions:
The Water Deities (1997) ArtSway, Sway, Hampshire
(garden designer: Cleve West)
Audience and Muse (1998) Brewhouse Art Centre, Taunton

Associate member, Royal British Society of Sculptors (ARBS): www.rbs.org.uk
Professional member, Craft Potters Association

Awards
ING "Discerning Eye" Exhibition, Mall Gallery, London - Regional Winner - 2007
BANA (Bath Area Network for Artists) - voted favourite piece by Mauger Gallery - 2007
Shortlsted for the 'Brian Mercer Bronze Casting Residency'  by the Royal Society of Sculptors - 2008

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

1989-91
ICA, London
Leigh Gallery, London
West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff (solo)
Richard Philp Gallery, London (solo)
Houldsworth Fine Art, London

1992-4
Splinter Gallery, London
Hannah Peschar Gallery (solo)
Ceramic Contemporaries: V&A
Oxfordshire County Museum
Corpus: (Black Swan Guild, Frome)
Beaux Arts, Bath (solo)

1995
Contemporary British Sculpture:
The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh (solo)
Artists of Fame and Promise:
Beaux Arts, Bath

1996-7
Young Sculptors: Beaux Arts, Bath
Hampton Court (Evening Standard)
McHardy Sculpture Gallery (solo)

1997
Beaux Arts, Bath (solo)
Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames (solo)
Site of Special Artistic Interest: (ArtSway Art Centre, Sway)
Sculpture for the Garden: (Wolseley
Fine Art/The Gallery, Cork Street/
Glyn Vivian Art Centre, Swansea.)

1998
Young British Sculptors: (Beaux Arts)
McHardy Sculpture Gallery (solo)

1999-2002
The Scottish Gallery
Wolseley Fine Art, London
Beaux Arts, Bath
Broadway Modern, Broadway

2003
Hannah Peschar Gallery
Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

2004
Abbey House Garden (ArtOutside)
J. Scott Gallery, New York, USA
Artifax, Birmingham

2005
On the Wall, London
Twenty Twenty Gallery, Shropshire
Ale and Porter, Bradford on Avon

2006
The Garden Gallery
Eye to Eye,Cork Street, London
Bohun Gallery, Henley-on Thames
Brownston Gallery, Devon
One Two Five Gallery, Bath

2007
ING Discerning Eye (Specially Selected Artist)
RWA Open
CPA at 50, Worcester
ArtsParks, Guernsey
Chichester Festivities, Sculpture in Paradise
Black Swan Arts: 'ReForm'
Sheridan Russell Gallery (London)
Mauger Modern Art, Bath

2008
Chichester Cathedral, Sculpture in Paradise
18@108 Royal British Society of Sculptors,  London
Art in the Garden 08, at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire
The Garden Gallery, Hampshire
The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
The Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff
RWA Open
Brewery Art Centre, Circencester 

2009
View Art Gallery, Bristol
Quenington Sculpture Trust, Fresh Air 2009
Twenty Twenty Gallery, Shropshire
Bohun Gallery,Henley on Thames
One Two Five Gallery, Bath
RWA Open

2010
RWA Open
View Art Gallery, Bristol
Brewery Art Centre, Circencester
Hannah Peschar Sculpture Gallery
Chichester Cathedral, Sculpture in Paradise
The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
The Garden Gallery, Hampshire
The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park,

2011
Ceramic Art London
Beukenhof-Phoenix Galleries Belqium

Publications

Publications

Work featured in: 
Ceramics for Garden and Landscapes ed. Karin Hessenberg (A&C Black, London, 2000).
Creative Ideas for Small Gardens by Anthony Paul (HarperCollins);
Classic Garden Features by David Stuart (Conran Octopus);
The Garden Sanctuary by Keith Mitchell (Hamlyn);
The Sculptor's Bible by John Plowman (KP books).
The Sculpting Techniques Bible ed. Claire Waite Brown (Chartswell Books Inc).
Ceramic Design Course by Anthony Quinn (Barron's).
Contemporary Ceramics  International Perspective by Emmanuel Cooper (Thames & Hudson)

Collections

Collections

Lord Carrington, Sir John Mortimer, Damon de Laszlo,
Lady Osborne, Priory Hotel, Bath
British Consul, Ivory Coast
Simon Relph CBE, Anthony Horowitz

Site Specific Sculpture:

The Deities (1996) Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Surrey

Commissions

Commissions

The Water Deities (1997) ArtSway, Sway, Hampshire
(garden designer: Cleve West)

Audience and Muse (1998) Brewhouse Art Centre, Taunton

Work selected as Southern Arts Prize by Beckett biographer James Knowlson (winner of Southern Arts Literary Award 1999, for his book, Damned to Fame: A Life of Samuel Beckett.)

Work Styles

Work Styles

Handbuilt
Sculptural
Garden
Figurative