Friday, 23 October 2009

Peter Randall-Page at Yorkshire Sculpture Park


I'm lucky enough to live half an hour's easy drive from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, to my mind the finest sculpture "gallery" in the UK. This Autumn sees a major exhibition of the work of Peter Randall-Page, a UK sculptor whose work explores natural patterns (probably one of his most famous works being the his sculpture Seed at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The majority of his sculptures are in indoor galleries and therefore I could not get photographs or - however tempting - touch them (some of the stone used such as the limestone is fragile enough to be damaged by the touch of numerous human hands). The bronze above is one of a series and is called Bronze Dreaming Stone. The sculpture below, definitely one of my favourites, is Secret Life. One of the fascinating things about it is the way in it changes with the effect of light.


I've been fascinated by nature's patterns for some time now and had decided, even before seeing this exhibition to make them the focus of my textile work for the moment so this exhibition was very timely for me. Luckily it's on for a couple of months yet so I shall have chance of several revisits. Highly recommended if you get the chance (only a mile off Junction 38 of the M1 and well worth the detour - you can also avoid motorway services and have a good meal in the Visitor Centre restaurant).
If you can't get to Yorkshire Sculpture Park you can see the sculptures (plus drawings and prints that are also on exhibition there) on http://www.peterrandall-page.com

5 comments:

Julie said...

Thank you for the reminder about YSP Sandra. We have been meaning to go for ages. I feel a weekend away coming on! These works do look amazing, I'm sure my hubby would enjoy photographing them and the other works there.

margaret said...

He's one of my favourite artists - seeing him on tv years ago was a key moment in my artistic aspirations, when he had a huge sheet of paper pinned to the wall (floor to ceiling) and was drawing in charcoal - it was a "gotta do that!" moment!

Rayna said...

omg - these are wonderful! I am so happy you shared them. thanks -- I have to go check out his other work.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Fabulous inspiration - thanks for showing us :o)

Carolyn

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