Situated in London’s fashionable art district of Fitzrovia, Gallery Different is an impressive space set across two floors of a beautiful Georgian Grade II listed building. The gallery specialises in contemporary painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, and mixed media, attracting art lovers from across the globe.
16th - 21st November 2020
This month sees the second Annual Exhibition of Stonemasonry taking place at Gallery Different. The Gallery has a sculptural tradition, and represents a number of artists who use stone in their practice, so when they were approached in 2019 by the City Livery Company – The Worshipful Company of Masons – to host this charity exhibition, they were pleased to do so.
The inaugural show was a great success. It achieved sales for the young stonemasons who participated and raised over £5,000 for the Livery Company’s Craft Fund who fund training and living expenses for young stonemasons. This ensures that these crafts are not lost and that the skills required to maintain our heritage buildings are preserved.
This exhibition aims to highlight the traditional crafts of stonemasonry and stone carving and just how diverse their practices are. The exhibition features 23 artists – some of them are just starting out and are showing student pieces, others are celebrating many years in the profession. The work ranges from classical pieces to contemporary sculpture and has a range of prices to match. All of the artists will receive proper remuneration for their work and at least 50% of the selling price will be donated to the Craft Fund – the Gallery will not be taking any commission on sales.
George Edwards’ study in Lepine Limestone of a section of Romanesque ornament from an arch in Temple Church in London exhibits beautifully executed, traditional masonry skills. Meanwhile, Tom Waugh’s Limestone sculpture of a paper bag, whimsically entitled ‘Takeaway’, uses traditional skills to produce a very contemporary piece.
Some works have a real narrative, such as Alex Waddell’s ‘Empty Barrels Rattle Loudest’. Carved in Caen limestone, it is a depiction of a band of Viking explorers battling through a storm whilst monstrous hands from the deep reach up to drag the boat under – Alex says this was created in direct response to the calling of the Brexit referendum in 2016.
Andy Waite who is a level 3 student at Moulton College has submitted his first stone sculpture – Isabele in Isolation – carved in Yorkshire limestone, this is a striking response to the unparalleled events of this year.
There are beautiful examples of abstract sculpture: Rosie Jones is inspired by the primitive symbolism of Pre-Colombian art and European cave art, focusing on the power of divine feminine energy. These works bring us back to the beginnings of sexuality, of eroticism and fertility. Josh Locksmith is inspired by his classical training, referencing the historical use of foliage within decorative stone work. Carrie Horwood celebrates 15 years in the profession this month and her pieces are inspired by the sea.
And, there are great interpretations of the traditional art of lettering – more usually seen either in memorials or building titles but here sit as inspiring quotes – inspirational phrases from Louis Francis and a wonderful quote from Blake’s Poem The Tyger by Edgar Ward,
The exhibition takes place alongside Gallery Stone artists including Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors Dawn Rowland FRSS. Her work 'Boxed In' seems appropriate for our current predicament, though was produced prior to the onset of the pandemic. Dawn explores the interdependency and fragility of human relationships and how these fit into the world around us.
Due to current COVID restrictions, the exhibition is currently available to view online and via a catalogue until Christmas. It is hoped that some of the works will be able to be physically displayed when the gallery is permitted to re-open. The full catalogue is available on the gallery website. All works are available to purchase via the website with all profits going to the Craft Fund Charity.
For more information on the work of the Worshipful Company of Masons go to www.masonslivery.org
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